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Egypt international Omar Gaber joins LAFC on loan from FC Basel


Los Angeles FC continued the construction of the roster for their inaugural season on Tuesday, announcing the one-year loan signing of Omar Gaber from Swiss giants FC Basel.

The 25-year old Gaber has been a contributor to the World Cup-bound Egyptian national team and played under LAFC coach Bob Bradley when he managed Egypt from 2011-2013. He'll be added to the roster as a Discovery Player, using Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) for the 2018 season.

“I loved working with all the Egyptian players, and had a great opportunity to get to know Omar during that time,” Bradley said. “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 joins Mexican International Carlos Vela and young Argentine Rodrigo Pacheco among LAFC's international acquisitions this year.

Gaber was a member of the Basel team that won the Swiss Super League title and the Swiss Cup in 2016-17. He has made 17 total appearances for the top Swiss club after joining them in June of 2016. Before that, he enjoyed a highly decorated career with Egyptian power Zamalek SC, winning three Egypt Cups and one Egyptian Premier League title.

“Omar is an incredibly talented player whose pace, athleticism, and ability fit perfectly with the exciting team we are building here at LAFC,” said club executive VP of soccer operations John Thorrington.  “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 FIFA World Cup Qualifying. He also helped Egypt finish second in the Africa Cup of Nations in 2017.

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