Herculez Gomez on Lionel Messi’s Argentina: ‘I feel like they’re a better team without him’

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Argentina is scheduled to play Bolivia in its Copa America Centenario group-stage finale on Tuesday night at CenturyLink Field.

Sounders forward Herculez Gomez returned to practice on Thursday from his stint as a Fox Sports analyst for its Copa America Centenario coverage, taking time afterward to discuss Lionel Messi’s Argentina and Clint Dempsey’s goal-scoring milestone.

Messi is scheduled to return from his back injury to face Panama on Friday, but his status from Argentina’s group-stage finale against Bolivia on Tuesday at CenturyLink Field could be complicated if his team has already clinched first-place.

“He’s not the best player all-time in his own country,” Gomez said of Messi. “They’re a very demanding people. They demand that you win and win everything. Until he wins that World Cup, he’s going to have that…

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