UPDATE: Gomez was, indeed, training with the Sounders on Monday. The team had no official comment.
Herculez Gomez is currently out of a job after being waived by Toronto FC a couple weeks ago. The Seattle Sounders have virtually no veteran depth at forward. Might it be a match made in ... a world of mutual benefit?
It would appear to be at least a possibility.
Hearing Herculez Gomez will be training with Seattle Sounders.— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) March 14, 2016
Now, calling it "training" is especially vague. We saw how this can play out earlier this offseason when Tally Hall and Josh Ford were both "training" with the Sounders, as opposed to being here on anything as formal as a trial. It's entirely possible that the Sounders are merely doing Gomez a solid by letting him stay in shape while he looks for work elsewhere.
But the Gomez situation is quite different than that of Hall or Ford, namely that the Sounders really could use a veteran forward and this one might be available at a steep discount.
While Gomez signed with TFC for a rather robust $261,000 a year (according to the MLS Players Union), it's likely the deal was guaranteed through June 2016. Similar to Kenny Cooper's situation last year with the Sounders, TFC will likely be on the hook for the remaining part of that contract (call it half). In theory, the Sounders -- or anyone else -- could sign Gomez to a minimum contract and force TFC to float the rest, while Gomez wouldn't be forced to take too much of a hit.
Assuming that's the case -- and it is an assumption based on nothing but experience with Cooper's situation and what Gomez has said about the contract length -- the decision surrounding Gomez is as simple as "Can he help the Sounders get better?"
On one hand, Gomez is a relatively known commodity, having played for Sigi Schmid (with the LA Galaxy) and Brian Schmetzer (with the USL Sounders). He's still just 33 and possessing a decent scoring pedigree (even leading Liga MX in scoring one year).
But Gomez is also three years removed from his last reasonably productive season at Santos Laguna (when he scored eight goals in 2012/13). Since then, he's bounced around from Tijuana to Tigres UANL to Puebla to TFC and scored a total of three first-team goals in 47 appearances. There's reason to believe he's not worth a roster spot at any price.
Of course, that's why you bring him in to train. Gomez is probably worth at least a look and for the right price, might even prove to be a solid signing.