Toronto FC picks up Herculez Gomez for Major League Soccer’s stretch run

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Herc is back!

USMNT veteran Herculez Gomez has completed a move to Toronto FC, ensuring that the Reds have a shot to blow teams off the scoreboard if they can’t find its defensive form.

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The 33-year-old California-born forward was capped 24 times by the U.S. between 2007-13. The one-time 18-goal scorer for the L.A. Galaxy couldn’t match that success in MLS after 2005, and really found his form once he left for Liga MX.

Between Puebla, Pachuca, Estudiantes Tecos, Santos Laguna and Club Tijuana, Gomez scored 49 times in 151 matches, winning the 2012 and 2015 Clausura titles while leading the 2015 Copa MX in goals.

From TorontoFC.com:

“Adding a player with Hérculez Gómez experience and ability was very important at the deadline. He is a proven winner having won both the MLS Cup and U.S. Open Cup with LA Galaxy. He has also won domestic titles and played in the finals of the CONCACAF Champions League while playing in Mexico,” said Toronto FC General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “He is an accomplished goal scorer and we will benefit from having someone of his pedigree join Toronto FC.”

Toronto had to send allocation money to Sporting KC in order obtain the rights to sign Gomez, and  traded Warren Creavalle to Philadelphia for a second-round pick to open up a roster spot. Gomez joins Jozy Altidore and Robbie Findlay (and of course Sebastian Giovinco) in the TFC attack force.