Luis Ernesto Pérez Gómez (born January 12, 1981), commonly known as Lucho Pérez, is a former Mexican international footballer, who played as a defensive midfielder. He has also capped with the Mexico national team.
|Full name||Luis Ernesto Pérez Gómez|
|Date of birth||January 12, 1981|
|Place of birth||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Height||1.71 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|2013||→ Querétaro (loan)||18||(0)|
|2014||→ Chiapas (loan)||20||(0)|
|2015–2016||→ Monterrey (loan)||23||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 November 2015
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 June 2012
Pérez debuted in the Mexican Soccer League with Necaxa in the 1999 Invierno season, playing his first game 21 September in a 3–1 victory against Santos Laguna. Pérez finished the season having played in 11 games, and by the beginning of the next year had a firm grip of the starting position. Pérez was named rookie of the tournament at the end of the season. Pérez played the next four years with Necaxa, until, to the surprise of many, was sold to Monterrey for the Clausura 2003, where he led Monterrey to win the championship by defeating Morelia at Estadio Morelos in Morelia. In the championship season, Pérez appeared in 23 matches, scored two goals and registered an assist. As with Necaxa, Pérez has been in the Monterrey lineup since his arrival.
In 2009, he wore the captain armband as he and his team won the Apertura 2009 tournament by beating Cruz Azul at Estadio Azul in Mexico City. In the championship season, Pérez appeared in 18 matches, scored three goals and registered two assists. He also won the 2010 InterLiga with Monterrey, beating América in penalty kicks, that qualified Monterrey into the 2010 Copa Libertadores. On June he became property of Guadalajara, by an agreement between the manager of C.F. Monterrey and the sporting director of Chivas, Michel Leaño. On 7 July he scored his first goal with Guadalajara.
On December 13, 2016, Pérez announced his retirement from professional soccer.
Perez made his debut with the Mexico national team 17 November 1998 in a friendly against El Salvador in Los Angeles. Uncapped through the next two years, he reemerged in 2000. His first official tournament was the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup, where Mexico did not win any matches. Pérez made appearances for the team in the Gold Cup in 2003, and playing for the U-23 team in the 2004 Summer Olympics. Pérez appeared in the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup where he played in all five matches, including assisting Jared Borgetti in a losing effort against Germany in the third place match. Pérez was included by then coach Ricardo Lavolpe in the 2006 FIFA World Cup squad. He came on in the 45th minute for Gerardo Torrado in the first match against Iran. Pérez did not appear in the second match against Angola, which Mexico and Angola drew 0–0, however he started the third match against Portugal, but he was sent-off in the 61st minute. Mexico lost the match 2–1. He was banned for the round of 16 match against Argentina because of his red card against Portugal. He was called up for the friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina on the 9th February 2011, and was subbed on for Javier "Chicharito" Hernández in the 80th minute. He played the rest of the match which Mexico won 2–0. He was called up for the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup but had to withdraw due to an injury.
|1.||June 7, 2000||Cotton Bowl, Dallas, United States||South Africa||2–0||4–0||2000 Nike U.S. Cup|
|2.||November 17, 2004||Estadio Tecnológico, Monterrey, Mexico||Saint Kitts and Nevis||2–0||8–0||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|3.||November 17, 2004||Estadio Tecnológico, Monterrey, Mexico||Saint Kitts and Nevis||4–0||8–0||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|4.||November 17, 2004||Estadio Tecnológico, Monterrey, Mexico||Saint Kitts and Nevis||8–0||8–0||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|5.||June 8, 2005||Estadio Universitario, San Nicolás, Mexico||Trinidad and Tobago||2–0||2–0||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|6.||September 7, 2005||Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico||Panama||1–0||5–0||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|7.||October 26, 2005||Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara, Mexico||Uruguay||3–1||3–1||Friendly|
|8.||January 26, 2006||Monster Park, San Francisco, United States||Norway||2–1||2–1||Friendly|