Herculez Gomez started for Pachuca, who lost 2-0 to Monterrey.

Gringo Report: Gómez traded to Estudiantes Tecos

American international striker Hérculez Gómez became the newest reinforcement for Mexican side Estudiantes Tecos on Wednesday.

In a swap between Pachuca and Estudiantes, Gómez, along with teammate Braulio Luna, were shipped out to Tecos while forward Mauro Cejas went the Tuzos' way.

The acquisition of Gómez was just one of the many moves Estudiantes have and will make in an effort to climb out of the relegation zone.

“We can’t lose sight of the situation in which we find ourselves in — the percentage zone, the drop zone,” Estudiantes vice president Juan José Frangie told the club’s website last week. “The next two seasons will be very difficult and that’s why the executive committee started working on signing players two months ago.”

Gómez, who played at Pachuca with fellow American José Francisco Torres over the last year, was placed on the team’s transfer list — along with the rest of the team — at the end of the Clausura 2011 tournament after a usually strong Tuzos experienced two rocky campaigns.

The US striker joined Pachuca after a breakout campaign that saw him score 10 goals to win a piece of the Clausura 2010 Golden Boot as a member of Puebla. However, in his first season with los Tuzos, Gómez was relegated to mostly substitute appearances and scored just once in 14 games.

Last tournament, Gómez regained his nose for goal towards the end, scoring four goals in the final five matches of the season to finish tied for the team lead in the scoring department.

The move came on the same day Pachuca confirmed that Gómez's fellow US World Cup veteran DaMarcus Beasley was set to undergo a 10-day trial at the Hidalgo-based club.