Oakland Roots SC has signed midfielder Daniel Gomez, who competed for the club's Project 51O squad in USL League Two during the 2022 season. | Photo courtesy Oakland Roots SC
OAKLAND, Calif. – Oakland Roots SC announced on Monday the club had signed midfielder Daniel Gomez ahead of the 2023 USL Championship season. The transaction is pending league and federation approval.
Gomez joins Roots SC having previously served as vice captain for Project 51O, the club’s USL League Two team. A native of Manteca, Calif., Gomez is the first player to come through the USL League Two Project 51O team into Roots SC’s First Team and the third player to play for Project 51O and sign a professional First Team contract following Joseph Restani and Tarn Weir.
“It is exciting for everyone involved with our club to see Daniel take his opportunity with Project 51O and not only become a leader for that team but turn it into an opportunity with the first team,” said Oakland Roots Technical Director Jordan Ferrell. “The system we have implemented with Project 51O is truly growing as we see more local Northern California kids stepping into the professional ranks.”
Gomez made five appearances for Project 51O this past season while helping the side reach the USL League Two Playoffs. He also competed collegiately for CSU Stanislaus, where over the past two seasons he started all 36 of his appearances and recorded two goals and five assists.