Gomez reaps benefits of a career season 

May, 17, 2010

PRINCETON, N.J. -- For Herculez Gomez, the first day at the U.S. pre-World Cup training camp was, in his words, "kinda surreal."

The hot striker was back in a U.S. camp for the first time in three years, after earning his only two career caps at the 2007 Copa America. He admitted he hadn't expected to be here back when he started his club season for Puebla in Mexico's first division.

To see the story behind Herculez Gomez's rise and what his chances are to make it from the training camp roster to the World Cup squad, you must be an ESPN Insider.

Luke Cyphers is a former senior writer for ESPN The Magazine.
Doug McIntyre is a staff writer for ESPN The Magazine. He has covered American and international soccer since 2002.