Forward spoke well of Buddle and Gomez.Familiarity could be a factor in USA star Landon Donovan encouraging national team coach Bob Bradley to consider Edson Buddle and Herculez Gomez, for World Cup roster selection.
Gomez, who has had an excellent run of form for Puebla in Mexico, was a teammate of Donovan's at the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2005. The two strikers combined to score the most goals on the squad, helping the team win the famed double trophies of MLS Cup and the US Open Cup.
Buddle is Donovan's teammate on the Galaxy at present, and has scored all five of the team's goals in three games this season.
"Most people see the goal-scoring, which obviously as a forward is important," Donovan told the Associated Press in a recent interview. "But for me, equally if not more importantly are the little things he's doing to help our team win."
Donovan also seemed to be impressed by the scoring streak of Gomez, and advocated for the deadly striker to get a chance.
"Taking a look at, absolutely," Donovan said. "Why wouldn't you? At this point, you would have to think everything is an option."
Donovan went on to clarify that he was not planning to usurp Bradley's picks in the matter, but he put forth a case for choosing hot players nonetheless.
"Clearly I’m not the coach and I don’t make these decisions, but I always err on the side of caution. And what I mean by that is you take the players that are one, playing, and who are playing the best at the time. And I always think that’s the best formula."
Though it is quite late in the World Cup schedule for coaches to consider players with little national team experience, the current rash of injuries for the Americans at the striker position could see either Buddle or Gomez get a shot.
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