Herculez Gomez is officially a Seattle Sounders player, again. The 33-year-old forward had been on trial since last week and the signing was announced on Thursday. This will be Gomez's second stint with the Sounders, having played here on loan from the Sigi Schmid-coached LA Galaxy in 2003. Gomez brings more than a decade of professional experience and three World Cup appearances to the Sounders.
"Herculez is a veteran player who has played in some big games," Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said in a team release. "I look forward to his team play, hard-working attitude and his goal scoring as an addition to our team."
Although Gomez is three years removed from his last productive season -- when he scored 11 goals across all competitions for Santos Laguna -- he fills a need the Sounders have been sorely lacking: a veteran forward off the bench. The Sounders have scored just two goals in three games this year and none have come from forwards. Exasperating that issue has been the paucity of proven scorers on the bench.
So far, Darwin Jones, Oalex Anderson and Aaron Kovar have been Sigi Schmid's primary bench options. The trio are all younger than 24 and have zero MLS goals between them.
Gomez may no longer be the player who became the first American to lead Liga MX in scoring, but he has more than 80 professional goals and seems perfectly capable of providing a boost in limited spurts. He also seems to be a great locker room presence and is capable of playing all three forward positions.