Herculez Gomez, who was waived by Toronto FC earlier this month, has signed a contract with the Seattle Sounders. The 33 year old former US International had been training with Seattle for a week, and his signing has been widely expected for several days.
Nomadic is a fair way to describe Gomez's professional career. The MLS version of the Seattle Sounders will be his 15th professional club. He's well known to fans of Seattle because of his previous stint with their A-League team in 2003, and his playful banter with Seattle fans on Twitter. He's also had a knack for scoring goals against Seattle, netting 4 times against the Sounders in CONCACAF Champions League play.
Gomez was deemed surplus to requirements at Toronto and will likely be used in a backup role for Seattle's front line. This move gives the Sounders much needed veteran depth in what is otherwise a very young and inexperienced bench. He should also be expected to play a larger role in Seattle's US Open Cup run this year, as Clint Dempsey is suspended from participating in the competition.
According to Seattle GM, Garth Lagerwey, Toronto FC will be covering the majority of Herc's salary and so the acquisition offers a very low risk venture for a Sounders team that is still looking to make a couple of more significant signings.
Per league policy, specifics of this transaction have not been disclosed. Herculez Gomez will be eligible to turn out for his new club when they resume MLS action against the Montreal Impact on April 2nd.