In a move that has been bubbling up for a while now, reports out of Argentina have Gabriel Gomez coming to D.C. United on a free from Nueva Chicago. Nueva Chicago is currently in the Primera B of Argentina, and they are best known to D.C. United fans as the boyhood team of Christian Gomez, to which he returned to end his career. However, Gabriel Gomez has a closer tie to D.C. United: he is the 19-year-old son of Christian Gomez, meaning he could be returning to one of his dad’s old clubs.
D.C. United has been publicly looking for a young, Latin American attacking midfielder, to help build depth throughout the long and busy summer of Audi Field. They haven’t stated this out loud, but it also seems like they are looking for a player they can develop and then hopefully flip for big money in the next few years, following the model that Atlanta United is laying down. However, it does not look as he has been playing regularly for Nueva Chicago, so he may be a longer-term project.
Gomez is described on various websites as a central midfielder, but it seems likely that he would fill in roles across the attacking midfield quartet. If it actually happens, bringing in the son of Christian Gomez would be an exciting nod, and would join Ian Harkes as second generation D.C. United players.
Also, this is the time of year where rumors run rampant, especially with anyone with any slight connection to an MLS team, so take this one with a giant grain of salt. But given that the window is opening soon, it is time for silly season and its rumors.