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Herculez Gomez Likely Available For New York Match, Perquis Injured

Toronto's newest player could make his debut on Saturday as Toronto travel to New York to take on the in-form Red Bulls.

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Toronto FC's newest signing, Herculez Gomez, has finally arrived in Toronto. The club acquired Gomez on August 7, the day before the end of the transfer window, but Gomez was not initially able to join the team as a result of visa issues.

With those issues now apparently resolved it appears the 33-year-old Gomez will be available for this weekend's game against New York Red Bulls. While Gomez is unlikely to start ahead of either Jozy Altidore or Sebastian Giovinco he will bring a nice spark for Toronto off the bench should they need it.

Gomez hasn't played in Major League Soccer since the 2009 season, when he had no goals in 26 league games with the Kansas City Wizards (now known as Sporting KC). Overall he has 24 goals in 124 league games between the Los Angeles, Colorado and Kansas.

He may well be needed as a scoring threat this weekend, however, as the New York Red Bulls are the hottest team in the league over the past five games, recording 13 points. The Eastern Conference's 2nd placed team are fresh off of a 2-0 victory over crosstown rivals New York City FC.

While they look to have gained some depth up front, Toronto could be without defender Damien Perquis for another week. Perquis has returned from serving his suspension, meaning he is eligible for the weekend's match, but was also dealing with a quad injury that makes him doubtful for this weekend's tie.

That would be a difficult loss for Toronto, as a number of their backline players will be tired from having to play so many matches in the last couple of days. Justin Morrow was on the bench for this past weekend's loss to Sporting KC, likely due to fatigue. Toronto FC's website has hinted that perhaps Ahmed Kantari could be next to sit out.

Eriq Zavaleta looks like the favourite to start in place of one of Kantari and Perquis should they miss the game based on recent form. However, if both are missing Nick Hagglund and Clement Simonin were both training today. Hagglund has the inside track to the spot but Simonin is rated highly by Vanney.

Hagglund recently returned from an emergency appendectomy that saw him miss several games, and appears to be in good form going into this weekend. Simonin, one of Toronto's selections in this year's MLS Superdraft, has only played in one game so far this season due to a knee injury.