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What Scouts Say: Already offered a contract by Mexico’s Tigres and came back to college … Pure No. 10 … Attacking mid is where he wants to play … Probably not a No. 10 midfielder but a pinching in from out wide … Played right back in Mexico ... Awesome college player, but will there be enough MLS teams who will find a spot for him? … Talented … More effective in 2011 when they went to a more counterattacking style than in 2012, alternating between pressing … Better when he has a little bit of space ... When marked tightly or spaces are small there may be concerns at the next level ... Quick, makes good runs in the box ... Can find goal-scoring opportunities … Can create individually when he has the space ... Can he think quick enough when the game is tighter and people are coming at you? ... Not a guy who provides width if playing out wide. But can support centrally … Gets a hard time for not being a two-way midfielder and being a luxury ... Just finds seams and picks up the ball and changes games in matter of instances ... Given the freedom, he’s fantastic ... Great passer of the ball ... He’s probably going to have to work a little harder and play a little deeper in MLS ... The better players on the field, the better he's going to look, especially if he can get the ball and move to next guy and get it back ... If he can get in transition, if there's space in behind to play penetrating passes, he loves to do it and slip balls in … Not big or strong physically. He's soccer strong ... He’s going to have to get used to physical game. He doesn’t like it. He has to become a grinder ... Very good technically and he understands the game and is a good soccer player, but not overly fast or overly athletic. So where does he play? … Not enough of a ball winner to be a holding midfielder … Sees things that other guys don't see … Fantastic vision, very high soccer IQ ... Can play out of pressure very well ... Not athletic but uses body very well ... Can he be consistent defensively and defend for long stretches? ... Questions about his versatility and what other positions he can play ... Able to retain possession and create goals … True playmaker. Very good at finding spots ... Can score from distance ... Has soccer speed like a Ned Grabavoy: You think you got him and he gets an extra touch and moves away ... He’s not going to push it by guys ... Brings other guys into the game … Got a work rate to him. If he can defend, he can be a versatile midfielder ... Don't think he 's been asked to do it ... May be able to play deep midfielder role where a team plays with two holding players, with a partner next to him … Very hard to take the ball away from him and has a good eye for the game ... He can start a good counterattack … Has to be more consistent and a little tougher on the pro scene … He’s been hot and cold in college.”
College (Creighton and Cal State Fullerton):
2012: Second runner-up for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy awarded to college's best player. 2012 Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Player of the Year and 2012 MVC Tournament MVP after helping the Jays claim their 13th Valley tournament championship and 20th NCAA Tournament appearance. NSCAA All-America First Team The senior co-captain led the Bluejays to the College Cup in back-to-back seasons for the first time in school history. The 2012 First Team All-MVC selection started all 24 matches for the Bluejays in 2012. Gomez finished the year ranked No. 20 nationally and led the MVC with nine assists. Also scored six goals.
2011: Named to the Missouri Valley Conference Second Team, finishing tied for third on the team with four goals and tied for the squad lead with eight assists ... Finished the season with three game-winning goals, tying him for third on the team ... Started in 20 of the 21 matches he played in.
2010: Named to the Missouri Valley Conference First Team and NSCAA All-Midwest Region Third Team after finishing third in the MVC with nine assists and 19 points ... Ranked 16th in the NCAA in assists per game and 19th in total assists ... Scored a goal in his Creighton debut at Loyola (Ill.) on Sept. 1 ... Tallied at least one assist in four straight matches (Sept. 4-17), dishing six in that span.
2008 (Cal State Fullerton): Started 11 of the 15 matches in which he appeared for the Titans (5-14-1) during the 2008 season ... Led the team with five assists ... Scored his only goal of the season against Cal State Northridge on Nov. 5.
PREP CAREER: Three-year varsity starter ... Tabbed team MVP following his sophomore, junior and senior seasons ... Named first-team all-city as a junior and senior ... Honored with the Coaches Award as a senior ... Tabbed MVP of the Orange County All-Star Game in 2008 ... Played club soccer for the OSC Rage.
PERSONAL: The son of Margarito Gomez and Bertha Gonzalez ... Jose was born on Oct. 23, 1990 in Mexico City, Mexico ... The oldest of four children, Diana (17), Erick (14) and Jennifer (9) ... Graphic design major.