Former lower-leagues Sounder Herculez Gomez, once linked with a possible summer move back to Seattle, will be leaving Mexico’s Santos Laguna for Club Tijuana.
There was much wonder if Gomez, a U.S. national team forward, would be making his return to MLS, but instead he joins a high-flying Mexican club that recently won a league title and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Copa Libertadores.
The Xolos — who unlike Santos will be in the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League — features several other Americans, including Edgar Castillo, Joe Corona, Greg Garza, Alejandro Guido and Bruno Piceno.
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— Former Sounders DP Christian Tiffert has signed with second-division German club VfL Bochum.
— People are still talking about Brad Evans‘ performance Sunday, including the federation website.
— Around MLS, Obafemi Martins is up for MLS Goal of the Week, Michael Gspurning is up for MLS Save of the Week and got high marks in the latest Castrol Index, and Djimi Traore was named to MLSsoccer.com’s Team of the Week.
— Traore also contributed to this ESPN.com roundtable on racism in soccer.
— Also, here’s a catch-up with local product George John, Hilario Grajeda will be the referee for Saturday’s game against the Whitecaps, and might the league be planning a double expansion in Florida (Orlando certainly made an interesting hire recently)?
— Over in the NWSL, here are the latest power rankings on the league website, and The Equalizer has evaluated everyone’s draft picks. Also on the women’s scene, here is another piece on what’s going on between Sydney Leroux and Canadian women’s soccer fans.
— Former youth academy product Jamael Cox has signed with the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the second-division NASL. You might remember the team as knocking out the Sounders in the Open Cup last week. Cox is the second academy player and fourth alum of the U-23s to sign a professional contract. His older brother, Raphael, also plays for the Rowdies.
— Also regarding the U23s, here is a feature on Aodhan Quinn.
— In some miscellaneous reads, Japan became the first team to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, the New York Cosmos of the NASL are being sponsored by Emirates, it looks like Wigan’s Roberto Martinez is set to join Everton, and here’s the story of a missing UEFA Champions League medal that found its owner.
— Lastly, the Instant Replay feature on MLSsoccer.com says Martins deserved his red card…