Panama int’l Cummings loaned to Alajuelense
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Harold Cummings (white jersey) played in all six of Panama's games at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. (Photo: Mexsport) 

ALAJUELA, Costa Rica – Alajuelense took a significant step towards strengthening its roster Thursday, officially announcing the acquisition of Panama international Harold Cummings on a one-year loan from Arabe Unido.

The Manudos haven’t won the Costa Rican crown since the 2013 Apertura, but the addition of the 23-year-old defender could prove critical in reversing that trend.

"I am very happy to get to such a large institution as LDA,” Cummings said at a press conference.  “I was very excited to get this shirt and I will give everything for the club. 

“It's a new challenge in my career that I face with full emotion and commitment.  Next week, I will be incorporated into training and I am convinced that everything will go well on a personal and group level.”

Cummings is coming off a successful stint with Santa Fe, appearing in four games during the Colombian side’s run to the 2015 Copa Sudamericana title.

His club career has also taken him to Uruguay’s River Plate and Juan Aurich in Peru.

With Panama, Cummings has appeared in three CONCACAF Gold Cups (2011, 2013, 2015), three Central American Cups (2011, 2013, 2014) and competed in three matches at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

He is on the Canaleros’ roster for the Copa America Centenario play-in match against visiting Cuba on Friday at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez.