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Once a Goat: Cesar Romero is one of the hottest forwards playing in Europe

Finding success in an unlikely location.

Romero: The Joker's on fire.
Romero: The Joker's on fire.
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Well, we may have thought Erick Torres would be the one-time Chivas USA striker to find European success one day, but another guy has him beat, at least to this point.

Remember forward Cesar Romero? The former Chivas USA player, with the club in 2012, never really found a spot in MLS, and bounced around after his lone season with the Goats.

But "The Joker" has come through in a major way in recent months. Along with another former CUSA player, Bryan de la Fuente, Romero signed a deal to play in Europe...Armenia, to be exact. Although de la Fuente went to Ararat Yerevan, Romero went to Pyunik FC, and has practically caught fire.

Through the first half of the 2014-15 Armenian Premier League, Romero has scored an astonishing 17 goals in 14 league games, as well as two goals in two Armenian Cup games. That's an astonishing 1.19 goals per game.

And his scoring exploits and unusual roots for playing in Armenia is certainly turning heads. There was even a profile of Romero, complete with a basic scouting report, on UEFA's website last month.

It also looks like the agency that represents him has compiled a supercut of all of Romero's league goals so far with Pyunik, and you can watch them here:

As you can see, he's scored from a bunch of different ways.

Pyunik, the most successful club in Armenia historically, currently sit in second place in the Armenian Premier League as the league is in the midst of a season break. Games will resume March 1 in the league.

It seems likely that if Romero, who is the runaway leader in the scoring race so far (the next closest player has nine goals so far in the league) continues scoring at such a blistering pace, he could very well receive interest from a higher-profile league. Maybe not one of the very best leagues in Europe, but maybe a tougher challenge than Armenia appears to be.

At any rate, Romero's resurgence is impressive, as he's finally found some success in an outdoor first division for the first time. He scored only two goals back in 2012 for the Goats (both were in the U.S. Open Cup), but here's hoping he can continue to ride this vein of form as long as possible.

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