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World Cup 2010: US Soccer Team, Herculez Gomez Should Play Over Robbie Findley

SANDTON, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 05: Herculez Gomez of USA celebrates after scoring a goal against Australia during the 2010 FIFA World Cup Pre-Tournament match between the Australian Socceroos and the United States of America at Ruimsig Stadium on June 5, 2010 in Roodepoort, South Africa.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Daniel ZylberkanCorrespondent IJune 17, 2010

1-1, that was a result I wasn't expecting. I thought the US had a chance of beating our friends from across the pond, but I was extremely realistic about it, which is to say, I wasn't necessarily expecting a positive result. But they surprised me, played a good game, got lucky, and were able to pull off a good result; one that proved US footballers can play with the best in the world.

But I noticed some things I would change about the US attack and mid-field. Robbie Findley got the nod to start at forward next to Altidore because of the out and out pace and creativity that he showed Bob Bradley in the warm up matches against Turkey, the Czechs, and the Socceroos. But last Saturday he seemed to be tentative and overwhelmed by the situation.

He didn't get many touches on the ball and I can only remember one or two legitimate chances at the goal. Findley was not enough of a factor to merit another start, especially when there are other more experienced and deserving players on the bench.

Herculez Gomez, a player who had disappeared from the soccer world and reappeared last year at Puebla, and proceeded to lead the Mexican league in goals. By playing for Puebla, Gomez has certainly faced very hostile and spirited crowds, which would be an upgrade over Findley.

Gomez, in his action during the lead-up to the World Cup, scored two very important goals against two good teams. He proved that he has a lot of creativity and is an old fashioned striker. He can find his own space, has a good first touch on the ball, and is certainly very creative.

Gomez is also equally as good with his head as he is with his feet, which gives him another dimension as a scoring threat from inside the area in dead ball situations.

The US team doesn't need much help, they certainly proved that can play with some very good teams in the past year, but Gomez at striker would make them even better and make them a powerful scoring side against Slovenia and Algeria, especially important when the US' only way of winning the group is on goal differential

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