LOS ANGELES – Egyptian international defender-midfielder Omar Gaber has been reunited with his former coach, Bob Bradley.
Gaber will join the Los Angeles Football Club from FC Basel (Swiss Super League) on a one-year loan, the Major League Soccer team announced Tuesday.
The 25-year-old Gaber is a Discovery Player who was added to the roster using Targeted Allocation Money for next season.
He was a vital contributor to the World Cup-bound Egyptian national team, playing under Bradley, now the LA head coach, when he guided Egypt from 2011-2013.
“I loved working with all the Egyptian players, and had a great opportunity to get to know Omar during that time,” Bradley said in a statement. “He’s always been admired by teammates and fans for his all-around contributions and willingness to give everything on the field. I am proud to welcome Omar Gaber to LAFC.”
Gaber was a member of the Basel team that captured the Swiss Super League title and the Swiss Cup in 2016-17. He has made 17 appearances for the top Swiss club after joining the team June 16, 2016. He had enjoyed a highly decorated career playing for Egyptian League powerhouse Zamalek SC, winning three Egypt Cups and one Egyptian Premier League title with the Cairo-based team.
“Omar is an incredibly talented player whose pace, athleticism, and ability fit perfectly with the exciting team we are building here at LAFC,” LAFC general manager and executive vice president of soccer operations John Thorrington said in a press release. “He is in the prime of his career and already has international and Champions League Experience. We are confident he will make our fans proud.”
Gaber has played 18 times for Egypt, appearing in five games in 2018 World Cup qualifying while also helping Egypt finish second in the Africa Cup of Nations in 2017. He has represented Egypt at the Under-20 and U-23 levels.
He joined Mexican International Carlos Vela on the roster. LAFC signed Vela as the club’s first Designated Player in club history Aug. 9.