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2010 FIFA World Cup: Finalizing the USA Roster

EAST HARTFORD, CT - MAY 25:  Herculez Gomez #30 of  the United States celebrates against the Czech Republic at Rentschler Field on May 25, 2010 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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JoeSportsFanSenior Analyst IMay 26, 2010

One of the players auditioning for a job on the final World Cup roster in the USA’s 4-2 loss to Czech Republic was striker Herculez Gomez

Gomez is a 28-year-old forward who plays professionally in Mexico and just moments after he entered the game on Tuesday night, he pumped in a header to equalize with the Czech’s up 2-1.  With the final roster for the 2010 World Cup team being unveiled this afternoon, we would like to present a simple two-part pitch to head coach Bob Bradley for Gomez’s inclusion…

1. He looks like a young Mariano Rivera  

2. United States sports fans haven’t had a guy named Herculez to cheer for since the late Hercules Hernandez strapped on a chain and dominated the WWF in the '80s.

Now, we will concede that neither of those reasons really offer anything beneficial when building a soccer team, but still it’s tough to ignore a guy who looks like future Hall of Fame closer and, not only is named after a Roman mythic hero known for his strength, but is also ballsy enough to switch up the spelling a little by adding a "z" at the end. 

Throw in the fact that he can actually find the back of the net occasionally and Herculez Gomez has to get on the roster. 

Make it happen, Bob.


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