Forward Madison FC today announced that 25-year-old attacking midfielder Josiel Núñez will join the team for its inaugural season in 2019, on loan from Panamanian club CD Universitario.
Núñez has 14 caps with the national team, scoring once in the 2017 Copa Centralamericana against Nicaragua and playing against the US Men’s National Team in a 1-1 draw during the 2017 Gold Cup.
Núñez also made several appearances with the national Under 20 and Under 22 sides and has played for a number of clubs in Central America, most recently Colón, Panama-based Árabe Unido following five years with Plaza Amador, where he helped the team to a league title in 2016.
In a press release Thursday, Forward Madison Head Coach Daryl Shore said signing Núñez is a coup for the club.
“For us to get a player who has been capped with his national team like Josiel has is a testament to what our entire organization is trying to achieve both on and off of the field,” Shore said in a statement. “Josiel’s experience playing for Panama will bring a tremendous amount of quality to our team … I think our fans are going to love having a player of his pedigree representing Madison on the field.”
Forward Madison FC Managing Director Peter Wilt credited Núñez’ representative Jorge Barnard with his assistance in the loan.
“Jorge is a trusted friend I have known for 20 years and was invaluable in making this deal come through. It will be good for Forward Madison, our fans and for Josiel,” Wilt said in a statement.
Forward Madison is a founding member of USL League One. Núñez’s signing will be confirmed pending league and federation approval.