Panama int’l Cummings inks San Jose Earthquakes deal

Panama defender Harold Cummings (white jersey) signed with the USA's San Jose Earthquakes on January 7, 2017. (Photo: Luis Licona/Straffon Images)

SAN JOSE, California – The San Jose Earthquakes announced Saturday the signing of Panama international Harold Cummings to a multi-year contract.

The 24-year-old defender most recently played for Costa Rica’s Alajuelense, where he made 23 appearances and scored one goal after joining the side on loan last January.

“I have seen a lot of Harold during his time with Panama,” said head coach Dominic Kinnear.  “He’s a very aggressive, intimidating young center back, who will add a good amount of strength to our back line.”

The Panama City native began his career with Arabe Unido of the Panamanian first division in 2011.  He has spent much of the past five years on loan with various clubs in Colombia, Peru and Uruguay, before joining Alajuelense in 2016.

During his stint with Colombia’s Independiente Santa Fe in 2015, Cummings played in four games during the club’s run to its first-ever Copa Sudamericana title.

With Panama, Cummings has earned 46 caps, appearing in three CONCACAF Gold Cups (2011, 2013, 2015), three Central American Cups (2011, 2013, 2014).  He also competed in three matches at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup.