The Philadelphia Union went into the offseason with a variety of needs, not the least of which was some defensive depth. Their first step toward adding that depth has led to the signing of a versatile player who should be familiar to U.S. national team fans.
The Union is set to sign Panamaian national team midfielder Gabriel Gomez, multiple reports in Philadelphia revealed on Thursday morning. A key figure for Panama going as far back as the 2005 Gold Cup, Gomez combines strength, athleticism and good skill on the ball and has shown an ability to play in defensive midfield, along with anywhere along the defense.
Gomez, 27, was one of Panama's top players during the team's surprising run to the 2011 Gold Cup semifinals, a run that included a shocking group stage victory against the United States. Gomez was one of Panama's stars in that upset, scoring a penalty kick goal in the victory.
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