The USA World Cup hopeful says things are going well.The spotlight is on Herculez Gomez and the other strikers in the Bob Bradley's World Cup camp. Without any premier names to lean on, and with Charlie Davies not fully recovered from injury, the US National team is in desperate need of finding an extra option on the front line and for the newly signed Pachuca striker it could be his chance to do big things on the world stage.
It's not as if Gomez doesn't understand the situation he's in. A stellar season in Mexico prompted a call into camp, but the former Kansas City winger knows he has to make the most of his chances in the upcoming friendlies.
"I know it’s a better opportunity than I had yesterday," Gomez said. "It doesn’t matter if I get five minutes or ninety-five minutes, I’ve got to make the most of it."
For some, the chance at making a World Cup roster might be a pressure packed situation, but the 28-year-old says he's not feeling it.
"Oh no, I’m free-balling it man. I don’t feel any pressure," he responded when reporters wanted to know if the looming cuts were making him nervous.
"I feel great. I really do. It feels unbelievable to be with the guys. It’s a different level and I’m enjoying every aspect of it and I’m having a lot of fun.”
As far as how the team is shaping up in the early going, Gomez was optimistic about Bradley's system and the work the team was putting in.
"The system here is such a tight system to break down. It’s starts from the front all the way to the back and I think guys have been doing a really good job of trying to apply what Bob [Bradley] is preaching and so far we’ve been doing a really good job of that.”
Gomez will get the chance to sport the Red White and Blue for the first time since 2007 when the USA hosts the Czech Republic on Tuesday in East Hartford, Connecticut.
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