Puebla striker Herculez Gomez is eyeing a spot in the USA’s World Cup squad.
The 28-year old former LA Galaxy, Colorado Rapids and Kansas City Wizards man is back in the Mexican Primera Division and is currently second on the goalscoring table, behind recent Manchester United acquisition Javier Hernandez.
He hopes that he can continue to impress in Mexico’s top flight and push for selection for Bob Bradley’s roster to go to South Africa later this year.
"I haven’t had any contact with anybody from the national team," Gomez told Sports Illustrated. "If I keep working hard and help my club, hopefully I could help my country."
But Gomez knows just how fickle the sport can be as a few months ago he would not have had a look-in for a position on the team and still wonders why he cannot play a full 90 minutes for Puebla despite their top scorer with eight goals in 13 matches (only four starts).
"Three months ago we werent having this discussion," Gomez added.
“I'm not sure why I'm not starting but it doesn't change my mentality. Whether it's 10 minutes or 90 minutes I've got to get in there and I've got to put my stamp on the game and do something, make a case for myself to start.
“I've learned over the years that things like this can't be taken for granted. Whether it's 30 days before the World Cup or 30 months, I'm going to take it, I'm going to keep doing my best and hopefully good things will happen."