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Gomez becomes USL Championship's first player capped by USMNT

By LouCity Communications, 12/19/21, 9:45AM EST


The 18-year-old left back pitched into Saturday's win over Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Photo: Courtesy of Connor Cunningham

The United States Men’s National Team registered a record 17th win in a single year on Saturday night, and Louisville City FC defender Jonathan Gomez played heavily into the outcome.

Brought on in the 78th minute for his debut in the red, white and blue, Gomez fired an 89th-minute shot from the top of the box that was saved but not handled by Bosnia and Herzegovina’s goalkeeper. Midfielder Cole Bassett tapped in the rebound to make it a 1-0 victory in a friendly at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif.

By making an appearance, Gomez became the first active USL Championship player ever to be capped by the USMNT.

Coach Gregg Berhalter said afterward that the 18-year-old left back was “one I’ve been impressed with in camp,” as Gomez joined the team earlier this month to train before the friendly. “He’s got a terrific mindset, he’s resilient, and he’s got character.”

The Texas native — a dual national who also trained earlier this year with Mexico’s national team — will complete his transfer to top-division Spanish side Real Sociedad once the calendar turns to 2022.

Gomez departs LouCity after a breakout 2021 season that saw him voted the USL Championship’s Young Player of the Year and earned himself a spot on the All-League First Team. The fullback brings attacking flair, numbering 2 goals and 8 assists to go with 42 key passes. Defensively, he tallied 117 recoveries thanks to a 75.9 percent tackle success rate and 54.1 percent duel success rate.

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