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Pachuca signs American forward Herculez Gomez

In this photo taken on Thursday, May 20, 2010, Herculez Gomez cools off as the U.S. men's national soccer team trains for the upcoming World Cup at Princeton University in Princeton, N.J. In this photo taken on Thursday, May 20, 2010, Herculez Gomez cools off as the U.S. men's national soccer team trains for the upcoming World Cup at Princeton University in Princeton, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
May 22, 2010

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PACHUCA, Mexico—Pachuca has signed American forward Herculez Gomez.

The club said on its website Friday that it had added the 28-year-old from Las Vegas, who scored 10 goals this year for Puebla to become the first American to win or share the Mexican league's regular-season scoring title. Javier Hernandez of Chivas, who is transferring to Manchester United, and Johan Fano of Atlante also had 10 goals apiece.

Gomez is on the United States' 30-man preliminary World Cup roster and is with the American team at training camp in Princeton, N.J. He becomes a teammate of American midfielder Jose Torres on the CONCACAF Champions League winner.

Gomez declined to discuss the deal Saturday.

"I'm just here to talk about the national team," he said. "I'm excited to be on the national team. At this time, I'd like to turn all my focus and attention to that and the fortunate experiences I'm having right now."

Before joining Puebla, he was with Los Angeles, Colorado and Kansas City in Major League Soccer.

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