New York FC signs 19-year-old T&T national defender Shannon Gomez on loan

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 20:00

With the MLS regular season touching off in just three days, New York FC has signed T&T 19-year-old national defender Shannon Gomez on a loan deal from W Connection of Trinidad & Tobago.

The one-year deal comes with an option to buy.

Gomez is a right-sided player who can line up as an attacking fullback or a proper winger. He has capped for the Trinidad & Tobago national team, but is a U.S. resident and won't require an international roster spot.

Head coach Patrick Vieira has described Gomez's recent body of work as "a really good surprise" of the preseason. While noting that the player will have to work hard to rise to the level of physicality demanded by Major League Soccer, the coach's outlook is positive.

Gomez could line-up with former England and Chelsea player Frank Lampard, former Italian and Juventus player Andrea Pirlo and former Spanish and Barcelona striker David Villa who all play with New York FC