Herculez Gomez, who shared the scoring title in the Mexican Primera Division's spring Clausura season with 10 goals for Puebla, might be out of contract and might be training with Chivas USA, but speculation he might join the Goats is nothing more than that, at least at this point.
That's what Chivas officials say, anyway, although the former Galaxy forward's stirring performance in Mexico's top division suggests he'd be a fine catch for the club.
Gomez, who was born in Los Angeles but raised in Las Vegas, arrived at the Home Depot Center on Monday to begin workouts with Chivas' strength and conditioning staff and players who did not travel for games last weekend at Chicago and Wednesday at New England. He trained with the full squad on Friday, and the plan is he'll continue to do so until his situation clears up. Sort of like Simon Elliott's situation with the Galaxy, it would seem.
Gomez, the Galaxy's MVP when it last won the title in 2005, signed with Puebla in January after his contract with the Kansas City Wizards ran out.
ODDS AND ENDS
The biggest roar after the game in the tunnel toward the locker rooms -- the loudest I've heard in the seven years since the Home Depot Center opened -- was for “Republica Deportivo” co-host Fernando Fiore, who's in town for Sunday's Sueño MLS finale. (Airtime in Los Angeles, on Univision -- KMEX/Channel 34 -- has been pushed back to noon.)
The Sueño team, with the 15 young players contending for an invitation to join an MLS youth academy, lost both its games (1-0 to a mixed-age team from the Galaxy's academy, 2-0 to Chivas') but impressed, MLS Technical Director Alfonso Mondelo said after Houston's win over Chivas USA. Two of the L.A. boys -- Jonathan Navas, who turned 19 Saturday, and 16-year-old Victor Jimenez -- have already won. They reported they've been asked to train in the Galaxy academy starting Tuesday.