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Manteca resident Daniel Gomez signs pro contract with Oakland Roots
ALUM Daniel Gomez
Courtesy of Stanislaus State

Former East Union standout Daniel Gomez has signed with the Oakland Roots of the United Soccer League Championship — the second-division professional league in the U.S. Soccer hierarchy.

Gomez has recently played for San Joaquin Delta College, Stanislaus State and Project 510, the Roots’ USL League Two team for which he served as vice captain.

“It’s exciting for everyone involved with our club to see Daniel take his opportunity with Project 510 and not only become a leader for that team, but turn it into an opportunity with the first team,” Oakland Roots Technical Director Jordan Ferrell stated in a press release. “The system we have implemented wit Project 510 is truly growing, as we see more local Northern California kids stepping into the professional ranks.”

Gomez played in five games for Project 510 and helped the team qualify for the USL League Two playoffs.

With Stanislaus State, he made 36 appearances the past two years, scoring two goals and five assists. He recently made the College Sports Communicators’ Academic All-District Team. Gomez is majoring in business administration.”

"I have been privileged to coach Danny, and even more we as a program have been blessed to have a person of such high character a part of our team over the past two seasons," Stan State head coach Morgan Cathey stated in a release. "We have had a very small part to play in Danny's development and truly this achievement comes from his willingness and desire to get the most out of every opportunity. He has earned everything and modeled an unparalleled commitment to growth. We are all behind you and can't wait to support you on this great journey ahead!"

Gomez began his college career at Delta, where he was named Big 8 Most Valuable Midfielder and earned a spot on the All-Region Team.

He played varsity seasons for East Union during his sophomore and junior years, playing a big role on the Lancers’ run to a Valley Oak League championship and the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III semifinals in 2016-17 season. Gomez racked up 10 goals and 30 assists to make the All-VOL first team.