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LAFC reunites Egypt’s Omar Gaber with coach Bob Bradley

By in Press Enterprise on November 21, 2017

By Damian Calhoun

Los Angeles Football Club, using Targeted Allocation Money, added another piece to its roster puzzle Tuesday with the acquisition of defender/midfielder Omar Gaber.

Gaber, 25, will join LAFC on loan from FC Basel of the Swiss Super League. Gaber was a member of the Egypt national team that finished as a runner-up in the Africa Cup of Nations. LAFC will have the option to make the signing permanent.

LAFC coach Bob Bradley has history with Gaber, having coached him with the Egyptian national team from 2011-13.

“I had mentioned his name early on,” Bradley said of targeting Gaber. “I have stayed in touch with the players I coached and I was aware of his situation with Basel.”

Gaber made his professional debut in 2010 with Zamalek in Egypt, before moving to Basel in 2016, where he made 17 appearances.

“I’m very excited about Omar (Gaber),” Bradley said. “He was one of the young players that we started to bring into the national team, along with players like Mohamaed Salah (Liverpool) and Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal). He’s versatile, fast and a player that fans enjoyed. He gives everything and he’s a great teammate and smart.”

Gaber plays on the right side with the ability to get forward, something Bradley said makes him “unique.”

“You have a player who can play as a right-back and get forward,” he said. “He’s a threat to get into the attack, and still on other days, you can use as a right-side and he can cause trouble.”

Gaber joins Carlos Vela on the LAFC roster.

The club will now turn its attention toward the MLS Expansion Draft on Dec. 12. LAFC will have five picks.

“You’re looking for players that you believe can bring something to the team,” Bradley said. “Versatile players, maybe a guy that hasn’t gotten an opportunity yet … I think back 20 […]    

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