Gabriel Somi has only been a member of the New England Revolution for two days but he’s already saying the things that fans want to hear.
Somi was acquired by the Revolution on Jan. 4 via a free transfer. The 26-year-old was previously with Östersunds FK of Sweden.
Soon after the news became official, Somi took to social media to express his excitement about the challenge ahead.
It's finally official! I have signed for the New England Revolution in MLS! I want to take this time to thank the Lord Jesus Christ † for all the blessings in my life! I would also like to thank my amazing family, friends and agent Abgar Barsom @barsomsportmanagement for always being there for me through good and tough times. Last but not least I would like to thank Östersund's FK (all coaches, staff, incredible players and of course our fantastic fans) for two unforgettable years! I'm really excited and can not wait for the new season to start and contribute to my new team. @nerevolution
Although it’s been noted that Somi can play multiple position, he will likely compete with Chris Tierney for the left back spot. Tierney has been a regular on the left side for some time, though nagging injuries forced Kelyn Rowe to play there last year.
Somi is the first international acquisition for Brad Friedel, who penned Isaac Angking as a Homegrown Player on Tuesday. It’s a positive sign that Somi is so excited to come to the United States to play in MLS.