Originally written on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 4/26/12
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Las Vegas can be an unforgettable place for the tourists who pour into the city on a regular basis, but in the shadows of the towering casinos and shiny billboards exist plenty of Vegas natives living regular lives, some fighting just to survive. As recently as 28 months ago, Herculez Gomez was one of those locals fighting to survive. He was facing the harsh reality of the rock bottom of his soccer playing career. Out of contract and facing an uncertain future in December of 2009, Gomez drove around the streets of East Las Vegas in the same Saturn Ion that he drove from MLS stops in Los Angeles to Colorado to Kansas City. He worked out at a local gym and contemplated his future as he stared at a phone that simply wasn't ringing. "The low point for me was being back in Vegas with my family, driving around in my Saturn On (an Ion that had seen the letter I fall off years earlier) and looking at my bank account, thinking 'what happened?'," Gomez said. "Just the self doubt, having tha...
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