part of this reposted from a YA Gameday element and some part added about Herc Gomez's scoring rate : my premise is based on statistics why is he not always the first sub off the bench for the US MNT - particularly if we have not scored. have at it .. ------------------------------------------------------- if I play Moneyball here .. 1 goal every other game he shows up in .... as a sub 176 minutes /5 goals or 35 minutes per goal ... that is 2011 with the Tecos .... what about 2010-2011 with all of his clubs (Puebla, Pachuca, Estudiantes) .... 21 goals in 55 appearances .... if I assume 15 minutes per appearance - 40 minutes per goal 20 minutes per appearance - 52 minutes per goal 30 minutes per appearance - 78 minutes per goal 45 minutes per appearance - 117 minutes per goal even Dempsey in 2010-2011 had 12 goals in 37 appearances - if I assume he averages 75 minutes an outing over the entire EPL season that is a goal every 231 minutes. so far this year Altidore is 3 for 7 - if I assume 60 minutes per appearance that is 140 minutes per goal ... Jozy's best year with Red Bulls was 2007 or 9 goals in 22 appearances ... if I assume 45 minutes per appearance that year that is 110 minutes per goal .. how about Donovan over 2 years (2010 and 2011) with club - 18 goals in 39 appearances ... he is a workhorse so if I assume 80 minutes per appearance - that is 173 minutes per goal ... bottom line - if I play statistics Gomez needs to be a sub as much as possible and the odds are that every other or third game he puts the ball in the back of the net. He needs to be the first sub off the bench every time .... purely based on statistics. I really don't care about the age as much the goal scoring percentage and as a sub perhaps his career has been extended .. because his goal scoring is not slowing down (yet). in credit to another posting: http://www.socceroverthere.com/?p=7008 so what about for the USMNT ... all time2 goals in 8 matches .. ONLY 8 CAPS? I added it up ... a total of 197 minutes he has played for the USMNT since 2007 and he has scored 2 goals (1 goal per 100 minutes at the international level) .... he appeared twice (Argentina and Colombia) at 2007 Copa America for 66 minutes total - no goals - aged 24 which is daunting in South America. Those were his first matches with the USMNT. he appeared twice in WC 2010 run up tour and scored twice in 53 minutes (age 27) against the Czech Republic and Australia. he appeared three times in South Africa for 56 minutes and scored no goals .... in 45 minutes against Algeria he got off 4 shots and 2 on goal - Altidore was on the receiving end of 6 fouls but only got off one shot that entire game. He played 23 minutes against Brazil in Aug 2011 and did not score. so internationally 1 goal per 100 minutes all time ... he is 28 years old ... he is smack in his prime. folks he simply scores at a higher rate than Altidore, Buddle, Johnson etc. all the time and everywhere - so why in the heck is not ahead of them in the pecking order or the first sub off the bench .. makes no sense to me (statistically speaking) unless we just want a bigger body (Altidore, Buddle, Agudelo) at that position .. but we are not producing goals reliably so why try statistics for once?