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Playing with house money

Heculez Gomez has seen his unique and fractured career come full circle

Updated: June 12, 2012, 11:00 AM ET
By Leander Schaerlaeckens | ESPN.com

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- He knew not to count his chickens before they hatched. If nothing else, he knew that. Learned it the hard way. After a two-year absence from the U.S. national team, which had followed another three-year absence, Herculez Gomez was pretty sure he was going to be the starting striker against Brazil on May 30. After practice the day before, coach Jurgen Klinsmann took Gomez aside and told him how pleased he was with his performance, and to "take advantage of tomorrow." ...

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