HOUSTON - JUNE 22: Freddy Adu #20 of the U.S.A. attempts to control the ball as he his defended by Gabriel Gomez #6 of Panama in the second half at Reliant Stadium on June 22, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
The Philadelphia Union are finalizing a deal with Panamanian international Gavilan Gabriel Gomez, according to a report by Presna.com. MLS Rumors first spotted the story earlier today and pointed out that Gomez has a history of success against Panamanian CONCACAF rivals.
The 27-year-old has spent much of his career with an inability to become settled in nearly every city Gomez has attempted to play. Presna's article went so far as to note that Gomez has managed to play in four countries already in his nine year professional career. Gomez's settling issues may remind Union fans of former Philadelphia central defender Juan Diego Gonzalez's similarly well-traveled resume.
Gomez split time in 2011 between Mexico and Colombia, after being released from his contract in Cyprus after only 11 games in the Mediterranean island country. The midfielder has had times of top level play, despite his constantly changing place of employment, earning him a three year contract in the Portuguese top league, which included a 300,000 euro transfer fee.
In 65 appearances for the Panamanian national team, Gomez has scored seven goals, well ahead of his scoring rate for club teams (11 goals in 209 games).