With the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup set to launch in less than two weeks, CONCACAF.com will profile one player from each of the 12 teams every day until the opener on July 7 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.
Gold Cup Player Profile: Gabriel Gomez (Panama)
It’s almost hard to believe, but if selected to compete for Panama, the omnipresent Gabriel Gomez will be making his seventh trip to the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
The 33-year-old Atletico Bucaramanga midfielder is best known for scoring the game-winning goal in a famous 2-1 victory over the United States in the 2011 edition, the Americans’ first and only loss in a Gold Cup group-stage match.
Gomez, who has far exceeded the 100-cap mark, continues to be a thorn in the USA’s side, also netting in a 1-1 World Cup Qualifying draw on March 28, 2017.
During a long club career, he has played for clubs in numerous countries, including Panama (Tauro, San Francisco), Colombia (Envigado, Deportivo Pereira, Santa Fe, La Equidad, Atletico Junior, Tolima), Portugal (Belenenses), Cyprus (Ermis Aradippou), Mexico (Indios), Costa Rica (Herediano, Cartagines) and the USA (Philadelphia Union).
With the Canaleros in Gold Cup play, Gomez has finished as runner-up twice (2005, 2013) and third place once (2015). He has also competed in the 2016 Copa America Centenario and multiple editions of the Copa Centroamericana.