Omar Gaber had a short stint at Los Angeles Football Club, an intriguing signing ahead of the inaugural 2018 season. A fullback, Gaber had experience playing with Bob Bradley on the Egyptian national team, and while he wasn’t a Designated Player (he was a TAM signing, and I can’t think of the last DP fullback in MLS) he was expected to play a big role.
It didn’t quite turn out that way, as injuries sidelined him and he only played seven games, two starts, for LAFC.
Gaber went to the World Cup with Egypt that year, but didn’t get on the field, as the Pharoahs’ long-awaited return to the big dance was a disappointing run in the end. But he went to a World Cup.
Soon after, Gaber was sold by LAFC, to Egyptian club Pyramids FC, in July 2018. The move was said to have been made in part for financial reasons, in part because the player wanted to be closer to home, and probably in part because LAFC didn’t seem to need Gaber after all.
So how’s it gone since leaving LAFC? Seems like it’s been pretty good, all things considered. Gaber, now 28, is a vice-captain for Pyramids, an ambitious club just over a decade old. The club has been remarkably consistent, finishing third in the league last season and currently sitting in third this season, too.
In continental action, Pyramids qualified for the Confederation Cup, Africa’s version of the Europa League, for the current season, and they have gone all the way to the semifinals of that tournament, with that round scheduled for May, but who knows if that is going to happen.
On the domestic cup front, Pyramids lost in the Egypt Cup final last season, and have reached the quarterfinals this season, with that tournament on hold for now.
Through it all, Gaber has been ever-present for his club this season. I guess it goes to show his injury issues in his short stint with LAFC was likely down to bad luck, which is unfortunate.
Gaber may be a bit of a “what could have been” player for LAFC has landed on his feet well with Pyramids. You could wonder if he would really come in handy in 2020, considering LAFC are officially very light at right back right now, but if he wanted to be closer to home anyway, this may have been the best move at the time and in the long run for both sides. When it comes to transferring a player away, with both sides being satisfied, that’s about as good as it gets.
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