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U.S. Soccer ‘in final stages of hiring’ new CEO; Jay Berhalter in running

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The United States men’s and women’s national teams have started serious summer competitions, but a gigantic story may be flying under the radar thanks to the Gold Cup and Women’s World Cup.

On Thursday, the Washington Post’s Steven Goff reported that the United States Soccer Federation was “in the final stages” of hiring a replacement for outgoing U.S. Soccer Federation CEO Dan Flynn (above), and that Jay Berhalter was in the running for the gig.

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Jay is the brother of Gregg Berhalter, the USMNT head coach, and Goff added this tidbit on Friday: Flynn wants the longtime USMNT executive to replace him and current USSF president Carlos Cordeiro doesn’t approve of the idea.

The appointment is done by the USSF’s Board of Directors, of whom Sunil Gulati is a non-voting member but maintains plenty of sway with the rest of the elected board.

Cordeiro can vote on the matter, as can new vice president Cindy Parlow Cone, MLS commissioner Don Garber, USL owner Alec Papadakis, and the following names listed on the USSF web page: Athlete reps Chris Ahrens, Carlos Bocanegra, and Lori Lindsey (Lindsay Tarpley Snow – Alternate); Adult Council representatives Richard Moeller, John Motta, Youth Council representatives Dr. Pete Zopfi, Tim Turney, At-Large rep Mike Cullina; and Independent directors Lisa Carnoy and Patti Hart.

Jay Berhalter has been “next man up” for the gig for some time, and his status within the organization was a constant talking point in the process of hiring a new USMNT coach. That turned out to be his brother Gregg, who has a fine resume and is 4W-2L-1T since taking the reins, but the search committee may not have spoken in-depth with some of the top available and interested names.

An odd footnote to this appointment is a burst of USSF employee reviews at the web site Glassdoor which specifically targeted executives for a poor working environment and stale atmosphere. At least 10 of the 78 reviews have come since the start of June and several have headlines along the lines of “Culture Dependent on Next CEO” and “Dream Job, Nightmare Potential.”

A couple of points from the Internet, one from former USMNT forward Herculez Gomez in December and another from longtime American soccer writer Charles Boehm.

Men in Blazers podcast: Gomez, Martino talk Pulisic, USMNT

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Rog talks with Herculez Gomez and Kyle Martino about USMNT’s World Cup Qualifiers, Bruce Arena 2.0, and the high caliber of Christian Pulisic.

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Seattle Sounders sign former USMNT forward Herculez Gomez

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TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) The Seattle Sounders have signed former U.S. national team forward Herculez Gomez, looking to jumpstart the club after losing the first three matches to start the MLS season.

The 33-year-old had been training with Seattle and the Sounders decided to add another veteran to their roster.

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Gomez has appeared in 24 games and scored six goals for the U.S. between 2007-13 but hasn’t made an appearance for the Americans since the 2013 Gold Cup. On the club level, Gomez spent parts of six seasons playing for a variety of clubs in Liga MX in Mexico, with his most productive stint coming in two seasons at Santos Laguna, where he appeared in 45 matches and scored 13 goals.

Gomez appeared in seven games last season for Toronto and had previously played for Los Angeles, Colorado and Kansas City in MLS.

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.

Evaluating striker form ahead of USMNT camp: Surprises for the 30-man?

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With USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann announcing 30 players for World Cup preliminary camp by May 12 — a week from Monday! — before culling the group to 23 by June 2, the time is right for plenty of roster thoughts.

And considering both Juan Agudelo and Terrence Boyd have found their striking stride for European clubs, has anything changed in Klinsmann’s mind ahead of camp?

Most would assume that, aside from how you classify Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan, there are precious few locks at forward for the roster. Jozy Altidore of Sunderland seems one, even after his miserable season in the Premier League (He has a goal and an assist in 29 PL matches).

But after that? Eddie Johnson was once considered all-but-going to Brazil, but he’s looked ordinary since his trade to DC United. Aron Johannsson lit the Eredivisie on fire before a dip in finishing form that seemed to coincide with missing two penalties in a short period of time.

Now you have to consider Chris Wondolowski’s goal in the friendly against Mexico and strong form in MLS, the leaps and bounds of growth from Rapid Vienna’s Terrence Boyd and even Will Bruin’s hot start to 2014 with the Houston Dynamo.

Who are you betting to make the 30? The 23?

Check out this short list of form since MLS season began in mid-March (with a couple bonus names thrown in):

— Eddie Johnson, DC United — 7 games, 0 goals, 1 assist, 12 shots

— Chris Wondolowski, San Jose — 7 games, 5 goals, 23 shots

— Aron Johannsson, AZ Alkmaar — 10 games, 1 goal, 1 assist, 15 shots

— Terrence Boyd, Rapid Vienna — 8 games, 5 goals

— Juan Agudelo, FC Utrecht — 7 games, 2 goals, 2 assists, 15 shots

— Ale Bedoya, Nantes — 7 games, 2 goals, 13 shots

— Jozy Altidore, Sunderland — 5 games, 0 goals, 2 shots

— Herculez Gomez, Tijuana — 5 games, 0 goals, 3 shots

— Julian Green, Bayern Munich II — 3 games, 0 goals

— Will Bruin, Houston — 9 games, 5 goals, 1 assist, 27 shots

— Jack McInerney, Montreal — 7 games, 2 goals, 1 assist, 14 shots

— Andrew Wenger, Philadelphia — 9 games, 2 goals, 22 shots

— Mike Magee, Chicago — 6 games, 2 goals, 2 assists, 19 shots

If we’re being honest, it’s hard to think EJ’s a lock simply based on experience. And if Klinsmann’s been watching club soccer as closely as we think — he is — can he ignore Boyd? Wondolowski? Bruin?