Panama intl’l Gomez inks Herediano deal

Gabriel Gomez (red jersey) signed with Costa Rica's Herediano on May 21, 2014, and is expected to suit up for Panama in upcoming friendlies against Serbia and Brazil. (Photo: Mexsport)


HEREDIA, Costa Rica – In an effort to strengthen its squad during the offseason, Costa Rican side Herediano announced Wednesday the acquisition of Panama international Gabriel Gomez.

The 29-year-old midfielder, who just completed the Panamanian Clausura season with San Francisco, has reportedly signed a two-year contract.

After competing in five-consecutive domestic finals, Herediano was eliminated from 2014 Costa Rican Verano contention at the semifinal stage last month by eventual runner-up Alajuelense, 4-2 on aggregate.

"The truth is that it is an honor for me that Club Sport Herediano fixed itself on me to join the team,” said Gomez, a veteran of 27 games over the course of three World Cup Qualifying campaigns.  “As a child, I followed Costa Rican football.  When I was younger, I faced several Tico teams in the best categories and they always had a high level.”

Gomez’s club career has taken him over the globe, including stops in Colombia with multiple teams, as well as Mexico (Indios de Ciudad Juarez), Portugal (Belenenses), Cyprus (Ermis Aradippou) and the United States (Philadelphia Union).

In addition to his play on the field, Gomez expressed a desire to take on a leadership role with the Florenses.

"Teams are assembled from the clubhouse and I hope to contribute both on the pitch and in the dressing room,” he said.  “All I wish is to bring a lot to the team and that the club becomes a champion again.”

Herediano has won 23 league titles, good for third on the all-time list behind Saprissa (30) and Alajuelense (29).