Philadelphia Union Announce Signing Of Gabriel Gomez

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)

In yet another foreign news or Twitter released move, the Philadelphia Union have officially signed Gabriel Gomez. The 27-year-old midfielder/defender will join the team upon receiving his International Transfer Certificate and the acceptance of his application for an American P-1 Visa.

Gomez was rumored to be joining that Union last week, when a Central American news outlet, Presna.com, revealed that he was in deep talks with Philadelphia. Daily News beat reporter Kerith Gabriel was soon told by a source that Gabriel would sign with the Union and would be announced sometime this week.

The Panamanian international was a key part of the Central American country's victory over the United States Men's National Team during this past summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup. Gomez, both a defender and midfielder with Panama, has had a successful international career, but a rocky club career. His ability to settle with clubs has been questioned throughout his career, as the Union are now his eleventh team in 10 years of professional soccer.

In addition to Gomez, the Union have been linked to French left back Cedric Fabien. If the team signs Fabien as well, it will have some problems heading into the 2012 MLS season, as that will make 11 internationals and only eight international slots for next season.

Terms of the Union's deal with Gomez, and his possible transfer from Mexican second division side Indios de Cuidad, were not released due to both the team's and MLS's policies on disclosure of contract and transfer details.

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