Herculez Gomez’s place in the U.S. striker depth chart


It’s Herculez Gomez’s world, and the rest of us … Well, you know what they say.

Gomez has 11 goals in Santos’ last eight games. So tongues are a’ waggin’ on whether the former MLS man will, won’t, should, shouldn’t, might or might not be summoned into Jurgen Klinsmann’s training camp next month in Orlando.

Of course, there’s also some idle chatter about whether Gomez, who is originally from Los Angeles but grew up in Las Vegas, might make another pass through Don Garber Valley, joining an MLS side in the summer transfer window.

He has a little something to say about that in an extensive interview with Christopher McCollum of Yanks Abroad.

Lost somewhat in all the Herc hoopla is this: Jozy Altidore continues to have a dandy season for AZ Alkmaar in the Netherlands. So, rattle that around your armchair-quarterbacking head.

Given all that, what does the U.S. depth chart at striker look like at the moment? This is what we assume Jurgen Klinsmann’s fluid blackboard would look like, if we slipped a fiber optic lens, Mission Impossible-style, through the air vents at the U.S. manager’s Home Depot Center office for a peek at that thing.

(For our depth chartage, Clint Dempsey is a forward. Yes, we all know Dempsey can and has – most often, in fact – operated out of the midfield.)

  • 1. Clint Dempsey
  • 2. Jozy Altidore
  • 3. Juan Agudelo*
  • 4. Terrence Boyd
  • 5. Herculez Gomez
  • 6. Chris Wondolowski
  • 7. Teal Bunbury
  • 8. Edson Buddle
* injured, due back in May or June