Los Angeles Football Club announced on Thursday they have transferred midfielder/defender Omar Gaber to Egyptian club Pyramids FC. The move comes immediately after LAFC opted to pick up Gaber’s purchase option on his loan from Swiss club FC Basel.
The reason for the move apparently comes in part due to personal reasons.
“Omar is a great player and person,” EVP of soccer operations and general manager John Thorrington said in a team statement. “He made us aware of a family matter in Egypt and we were able to accommodate his move with a deal that makes sense financially for the Club. We wish him all the best in the next step of his career.”
Gaber, LAFC’s first-ever TAM (Targeted Allocation Money) signing, joined on loan from Basel in January. The versatile player, who had first crossed paths with LAFC manager Bob Bradley at the Egyptian national team, was expected to play a major role for the black-and-gold, although he was on loan from Basel.
However, injuries and international duty severely limited his playing time for LAFC. All told, Gaber made just seven appearances for LAFC in competitive action, making two starts and playing only 254 minutes. He was injured just days into the expansion team’s training camp, missed the first four games, then played seven in a row, then departed to join Egypt for their training camp and the World Cup. He was an unused substitute in all three games in Russia.
All in all, the move seems to make sense on a few fronts for LAFC. For one thing, if a personal matter meant Gaber needed to return to Egypt, then accommodating him is a great thing for the club to do to take care of the player.
In addition, given how well LAFC have played, there isn’t a major hole in the lineup for Gaber to return to. That’s not to say that he couldn’t have fought his way into the XI, but the team is playing really well, is apparently deeper than ever now that the World Cup is over and summer transfer window is here, and he was not guaranteed a spot in the lineup by any means.
On top of all that, moving Gaber on should help LAFC regarding their international slot situation. With Andre Horta being eligible to be added to the roster this week, it felt like LAFC were going to need to part with ways with a player or two, and so the timing works out for Thorrington and Co.
A bonus? LAFC got a fee for Gaber. MLS teams don’t often get to sell players, and while Egypt probably isn’t the kind of buying league that spends big, there’s hope that LAFC may have gotten a decent return for him:
Couple of fun points: (1) Pyramids FC is really the name of the club (recent rebrand); (2) Club is currently on transfer spending spree after purchase by a Saudi billionaire. #MLS https://t.co/NudgKQO2b7— Kyle McCarthy (@kylejmccarthy) July 12, 2018
Good luck to Omar in his career and beyond.
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