Rapids deal striker Gomez to Wizards

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Twenty-six-year old striker Herculez Gomez was traded from the Colorado Rapids to the Kansas City Wizards on Wednesday afternoon. The Rapids received a fourth round pick in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft and a first-round pick in the '09 supplemental draft. They also received an undisclosed amount of allocation money.

"I feel good. It's sad to leave a great place like Colorado," Gomez told the Denver Post.

So far this season, Gomez has made 17 appearances for the Rapids, scoring two goals and assisting on one more. However, after starting early on, he has seen only substitute time in recent months.

In his MLS career, the Los Angeles native has made 90 appearances, starting 58 of them and has netted 22 goals. He began his professional career on the second-division team of Mexican giants Cruz Azul back in 2001. After several years in the indoor leagues and the USL, Gomez joined the Los Angeles Galaxy in '03, and was traded to Colorado in '06 as part of the deal to send goalkeeper Joe Cannon to L.A.

Gomez will always be remembered in Colorado as the man who scored the first goal at Dick's Sporting Good Park, in April '07.

-- Goal.com