Union Omaha signs a quartet of players in Parliament

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PAPILLION, Neb. – Union Omaha today announced the signing of four new players for the 2022 title-defending season, subject to league and association approval. Omaha 2022 joins defender Gabriel Claudio, midfielder Joseph Brito, forward Alex Bruce and defender Isaac Bawa.

Gabriel Claudio began his collegiate career at junior collegiate powerhouse Yavapai College, where he contributed four goals, two assists and 10 shutouts as a defender. In 2019, he was named an NJCAA All-Region and runner-up Regional Player of the Year. A native of Yuma, Arizona, he then joined UNLV, playing almost every minute for the Rebels and earning the All-WAC Honorable Mention for the 2020-21 season.

“Gabe is an athletic defender who looks forward to coming and learning and developing,” said Jay Mims, Union Omaha head coach. “He’s a competitor who loves to be challenged and fight for the team. I am very excited to have Gabe join our team as I know he is willing to learn and grow.”

“I’m looking forward to starting in Omaha and giving everything I have to the organization!” said Claudia.

Joseph Brito comes to Union Omaha after completing an impressive college resume at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. A two-time All-Conference USA First Team selection, Brito helped the 49ers to four straight NCAA tournament appearances. In 2019, he scored 29 shots, including two winning goals, on his way to the third team conference. In his senior season, he recorded five goals and ten assists as the team’s anchor in midfield.

“Joe is a two-way midfielder who works hard defensively and can create chances in the attacking third,” said Mims. “I look forward to helping Joe grow as a player and look forward to his development.”

“It’s a dream to sign my first professional contract with a club like Union Omaha,” said Brito. “I’m looking forward to playing in front of our passionate fans and helping to defend the championship!”

Forward Alex Bruce will begin his third season in USL League One with Union Omaha, bringing two years of playoff experience to the team. Bruce signed his first professional contract at the age of 19 with USL Championship club San Antonio FC. He scored three goals in 13 appearances in his rookie season before joining former USL League One club North Texas SC.

“Alex is a quality striker who can score goals and bring midfielders into play,” said Mims. “I’m delighted to have a player of his experience on our team as he understands how much work and preparation it takes to be successful over the course of a USL season.”

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to play in the stadium and play in front of the fans,” said Bruce.

Ghanaian defender Isaac Bawa joins Omaha after spending two seasons with USL Championship Club LA Galaxy II. Before playing professionally, Bawa managed the backfield at Azusa Pacific University, where he was a two-time All American and PacWest Conference Player of the Year. He was also named Conference Freshman of the Year and Conference Defender of the Year during his freshman season.

“Isaac is a good athlete with experience from LA Galaxy who is a very versatile player,” said Mims. “He’s only a few years out of college and is eager to learn and grow to continue his development. We are so lucky to have him in our championship and competitive environment.

“I’m very excited to win more championships for this great club,” said Bawa. “My faith in God leads me to believe that he wants me here for his glory. So it’s a blessing to be part of this amazing family and I can’t wait to get started.”

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