DETROIT, MI - JUNE 7: Gabriel Gomez #6 and Amilcar Henriquez #21 of Panama celebrate a first half goal by Luis Tejada #18 while playing Guadeloupe during the 2011 Gold Cup at Ford Field on June 7, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. Panama won the game 3-2. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Union acquire Panamanian midfielder Gabriel Gomez.
The Philadelphia Union today announced the acquisition of Panamanian central midfielder Gabriel Gomez (via Philadelphia Union.com). Gomez formerly played for a Mexican second division club, Indios de Cuidad Juarez. The terms of the deal with Gomez were not disclosed to the media, per MLS and team policy.
The 27-year-old Gomez was a crucial player on Panama's run to the 2011 Gold Cup semifinal. The United States defeated Panama 1-0 in that match. Gomez scored two goals during the tournament and was named to the all-tournament team as a defensive player. Gomez, who began his international career in 2003, has scored eight goals (five of which came in 2011) for Panama in 74 matches.
Gomez scored three goals in eight matches for Indios last season but is more suited to playing the defensive midfielder role. Union fans should expect to see him in that role and maybe even on the backline.