Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Herculez Gomez is killin' me.

I can't come up with cutesy clever post titles for his goals at this rate. For crying out loud, DJ Cool Herc has already dropped two hits tonight and it's only halftime. That makes for goals in eight straight Santos appearances, with 11 in total during that span.

UPDATE: His are the first two Santos goals.

- Greg Seltzer


Paul Poenicke said...

"Herculez is on the radar screen, but he's always been on the radar screen. Hopefully he can keep making his case stronger and stronger over the next couple of weeks." (Soccer by Ives interview of Klinsmann)

Herc must look like, what, the Titanic on Klinsi's radar screen after his recent scoring spree. Thanks for providing clips of Herc. Any thoughts on how best to use Herc on the Nats, given how he has been playing, and scoring, over the last few games?

Will Parchman said...

How much stronger does he need to make it? It's titanium alloy at this point.

Even though Klinsi wasn't coaching then, I think Herc is still being handicapped by his World Cup. I don't know what other explanation there could be. Jozy's been good, but not so untracked that Herc should've been overlooked. Terrence Boyd is like 12. Buddle? Agudelo? Bunbury? Meh.

Call him up.

Greg Seltzer said...

I'll be honest, Paul: I'm not quite sure. Sometimes, I feel like he could do a little something on right wing in a true 4-3-3. Other times, I think he could make the #9 role work in late game sub situations. It's really about putting him in the best possible situation to succeed... except Dempsey already kinda fills that slot.

And so then it's back to being about figuring something out for him.

Greg Seltzer said...

The problem with trying to see Gomez ahead of Jozy is Gomez does not have the hold-up game/game-long physical presence that can compete with Jozy's.

david said...

could he simply just be a super-sub?

Jolazo said...

Isn't Herc play RW in a 4-3-3 for Santos, Greg?

UnitedDemon said...

Greg's hit it on the head. Where does he fit in the system? If the replacement for Donovan on the right wing is Danny Williams, there's no way that Gomez is the type JK is looking for.

During the world cup, he showed why he can't be a straight swap for Jozy at lone striker. The late stages of the Ghana game were hopeless because, without a real target to help bring the others into the game, we were a shapeless mess.

In a way, Gomez is ready to play on the team the US wants to be, not the one it is right now. He might have to settle for a limited role and the knowledge that he's breaking barriers.

Greg Seltzer said...

Just to be very clear, Daniel Williams is in no way a right midfielder nor is he any replacement at that position for Donovan. I frankly have no earthly idea why he was ever played there. Williams is a straight defensive midfielder and nothing else.

Jacob Klinger said...

Unfortunately I think a large part of Gomez's legacy will be as one of those guys we talk about 5-10 years from now as some that "should've played more" and "could've helped us" etc. All true, but there are systematic problems here and I hope we don't forget that.

UnitedDemon said...

@ Greg, I agree. I've commented every time he plays there that he doesn't have an offensive bone in his body. He's clearly a dmid or fullback depth. Having said that, JK's repeated decision to start there means he puts a premium on his flank starters defensive abilities (Shea and Johnson, Donovan all have it).

My point is that Gomez could not possibly be the player JK is looking for to start on the flank.