On Tuesday night Seattle fans were directing "Sounders Reject" chants at USMNT forward Herculez Gomez in the first half, only to get their comeuppance after he scored the game-winner for Mexican side Santos Laguna in their Champions League semifinal first leg.
Gomez was loaned out to the Sounders in their USL days while he was still an LA Galaxy player.
“I love it. Being called a Sounders’ reject – any kind of reject – digs deep. It fuels fire,” Gomez said after the match. “I didn’t have the easiest go at the beginning of my career, so any chance I can get to definitely redeem myself is a good chance.”
So now what happens when the USMNT comes to town to face Panama in a June 11 World Cup qualifier at the same stadium? Will those same Seattle fans taunting Gomez on Tuesday cheer him on vs. Panama?
How do you feel about Seattle fans mocking a USMNT player during a club match?
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Gotta say @herculezg was a good sport. We started chanting "Sounders reject" at him and he gestured for us to do it louder.— Jeremy(@ArmOfCrass) April 3, 2013
Damn. I want to not like @herculezg but he is kind of awesome. Please score next time you're in Seattle, and if you put it top corner again— Josh Larkin (@JLark21) April 3, 2013
On a serious note, Seattle fans are pretty classy. Much appreciated applause on my way out to the tunnel. Very proud to represent! #USMNT— herculez gomez (@herculezg) April 3, 2013