The legendary journey of Herculez

August 10, 2005
By Andrea Canales
A nervous Herculez Gomez lined up against Real Madrid's superstar players for their recent friendly. If the difference between skills was as glaring as the contrast in salaries (Gomez earns less than $17,000 for the season), he had no business being there, but he soon forgot to be awed.

"My nerves pretty much ended when David Beckham tackled me from behind," admitted Gomez. "It got me a little angry."

That motivated the young developmental player, who began to press the attack. ...

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