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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Panama Men's National Soccer Team News

July 25, 2015 - Panama takes third on penalty kicks over USA
"Panama outlasted the United States 3-2 on penalty kicks to capture third place in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup after they played to a 1-1 draw on Saturday at PPL Park. For the sixth time in as many editions of the competition, the Panamanians concluded their campaign with a meeting against the U.S. and, even though the result is recorded officially as a draw, this was the first time they prevailed over that stretch. The setback marked the only occasion in the Gold Cup's 24-year history that the five-time champion has gone winless in two straight matches. In an encounter characterized by halves contested at noticeably different levels of intensity, Roberto Nurse gave the Central Americans a second-half lead, before Clint Dempsey leveled with his tournament-leading seventh goal ten minutes after he entered as a substitute." - CONCACAF

July 19, 2015 - Panama advances on penalty kicks over Trinidad & Tobago
"Jaime Penedo made two saves as Panama advanced to the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals 6-5 on penalty kicks after the teams played to a 1-1 draw in the first game of a quarterfinal doubleheader at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.... The shootout didn’t start favorably for the Panamanians with captain Roman Torres putting the first attempt over the crossbar. The Soca Warriors had a chance to progress after Marvin Phillip saved Alberto Quintero’s shot in the seventh round, but Daneil Cyrus chipped his subsequent attempt over the bar. Blas Perez and Andre Boucard exchanged makes, before Valentin Pimentel gave Panama a 6-5 advantage by putting his team’s ninth attempt up the middle. Lester Peltier stepped forward in a bid to level, but Penedo tipped his shot off the right post to seal advancement for the Canaleros.... Luis Tejada broke the scoreless stalemate in the 37th minute, capitalizing on a defensive breakdown by the Caribbean runner-up. Abu Bakr struggled to deal with Pimentel’s dangerous cross just inside the box and Sheldon Bateau’s attempted clearance deflected right to Tejada. The 33-year-old forward tapped past Marvin Phillip from 10 yards out for his second goal of the tournament. An unmarked Kenywne Jones leveled for the Soca Warriors in the 54th minute. The 2006 FIFA World Cup veteran latched onto a free kick by Khaleem Hyland and headed home from eight yards out." - CONCACAF

June 24, 2015 - Gold Cup roster
  • Goalkeepers: Jose Calderon (Coatepeque/Guatemala); Luis Mejia (CA Fenix/Uruguay); Jaime Penedo (LA Galaxy)
  • Defenders: Harold Cummings (Independiente Santa Fe/Colombia); Erick Davis (Sporting San Miguelito); Luis Henriquez (Lech Poznan/Poland); Adolfo Machado (Saprissa/Costa Rica); Angel Patrick (Arabe Unido); Roman Torres (Millonarios/Colombia)
  • Midfielders: Miguel Camargo (Chorrillo FC); Armando Cooper (FC St. Pauli/Germany); Anibal Godoy (Budapest Honved/Hungary); Gabriel Gomez (Herediano/Costa Rica); Valentin Pimentel (Plaza Amador); Darwin Pinzon (Sporting San Miguelito); Alberto Quintero (Lobos BUAP/Mexico); Alfredo Stephens (Chorrillo FC) 
  • Forwards: Abdiel Arroyo (Arabe Unido); Rolando Blackburn (Comunicaciones/Guatemala); Roberto Nurse (Dorados Sinaloa/Mexico); Blas Perez (FC Dallas); Luis Tejada (Juan Aurich/Peru); Gabriel Torres (Colorado Rapids)
June 3, 2015 - Roman Torres scores equalizer in draw with Ecuador
"Ecuador were held to an entertaining 1-1 draw against Panama as their Copa America preparations continued on Wednesday. Gustavo Quinteros' men went ahead just after half-time through Fidel Martinez, but Roman Torres' penalty cancelled out the opener.... The first half somehow finished goalless, but Ecuador needed just five minutes after the break to finally go ahead. A poor pass in the defensive third led to the chance and Martinez made no mistake, burying the opportunity into the bottom corner from inside the area. But Panama were awarded a penalty just after the hour-mark.Torres made no mistake from the spot, sending Dominguez the wrong way to make it 1-1." -  FourFourTwo

March 31, 2015 - Blas Perez & Luis Tejada score in win over Costa Rica
"First-half goals from Panama's Blas Perez and Luis Tejada condemned visiting Costa Rica to its first defeat in eight matches.... Perez — tied as the top scorer in MLS this season with three goals in as many games — gave Panama a well-deserved lead after 17 minutes. The FC Dallas star flicked the ball up and volleyed it past Costa Rica goalkeeper Esteban Alvarado — momentarily moving level with Tejada as Panama's all-time leading scorer with 37 goals. However, Tejada — who plies his trade with Juan Aurich — edged clear again in the all-time standings eight minutes later, reacting quickest to side-foot a rebound from close range. Costa Rica pulled a goal back midway through the second half following a foul on Marco Urena. Harold Cummings was ruled to have brought down the striker and Alvaro Saborio — Costa Rica's third-leading scorer — made no mistake from the spot, sending Jaime Penedo the wrong way." - Goal

March 27, 2015 - Román Torres scores in 1-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago
"Con un gol del defensor Román Torres, Panamá superó hoy por 1-0 a domicilio a Trinidad y Tobago en un partido amistoso jugado en Puerto España, capital de la nación caribeña. El seleccionado centroamericano marcó el gol de la victoria al minuto 16, mediante un acrobático cabezazo de Torres tras un centro desde la banda derecha lanzado por su compatriota Ricardo Buitrago." - LaVanguardia

March 13, 2015 - roster named for friendlies
"Panama head coach Hernan Dario Gomez has extended invitations to 20 players ahead of two international friendlies later in the month. The Canaleros will first travel to the Caribbean for a March 27 encounter at Trinidad & Tobago, before returning home to take on another CONCACAF rival -- Costa Rica -- on March 31 at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez. The roster consists of 16 foreign-based players and four from the domestic league, including Arabe Unido defender Chin Hormechea, who was named to the 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship’s Best XI in January. Galkeeper Luis Mejia (Fenix/Uruguay) and forward Jorman Aguilar (CA Independiente/ Panama) received their first call-ups." - CONCACAF

January 29, 2015 - friendly roster call-ups
"Three MLS players were included in Panama’s 21-man roster, announced Thursday, that will face the US national team in a Feb. 8 friendly at StubHub Center. LA Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo, Colorado Rapids forward Gabriel Torres and FC Dallas forward Blas Perez were taped by Colombian head coach Hernan Dario Gomez. Penedo is coming off a MLS Cup championship in his first full season as the Galaxy starter, appearing in 29 games and making 81 saves. Perez scored 11 goals and recorded six assists for FCD last season. And Torres had three goals and an assist in his first full season with Colorado last year." - MLS

November 14, 2014 - Muñoz, Godoy & Nurse score in win over El Salvador
"Panama defeated host El Salvador for the second time in slightly more than two months, posting a 3-1 victory in an international friendly on Friday at the Estadio Cuscatlan.... Nicolas Muñoz struck in the 21st minute to give the visitor a 1-0 lead.  The 32-year-old forward, who plays club football with current Salvadoran champion Isidro Metapan, did well to position himself in between four defenders to slide a right-sided cross home from the edge of the six-yard box. Four minutes later, Anibal Godoy doubled the advantage, delivering a left-footed effort from 25-yards out inside the right post. The Salvadorans got on the scoreboard in the 39th minute as Alexander Larin converted a penalty kick. Roberto Nurse completed the scoreline by finding the back of the net from seven yards with five minutes remaining in normal time." - CONCACAF

October 28, 2014 - roster updates
"Head coach Hernan Dario Gomez announced Monday a list of 19 players for Panama’s friendlies against host El Salvador and visiting Canada on November 14 and 18, respectively. One of the more notable call-ups is César Vallejo striker Luis Tejada, who hasn’t played for the Canaleros since a 4-0 loss at Brazil in June.  The 32-year-old player featured in 14 World Cup qualifiers for Brazil 2014. Also returning to the fold is Isidro Metapan striker Nicolas Muñoz, who has 12 career goals in the CONCACAF Champions League." - CONCACAF

October 5, 2014 - roster updates
"Panama head coach Hernan Dario Gomez revealed Saturday his roster for an international friendly at Mexico on October 12 in Querétaro.... Among the 20 players, five ply their trade domestically.  All others are based with clubs in the Americas, with the exception of two: defender Luis Henríquez (Lech Poznan / Poland) and Aníbal Godoy (Honved / Hungary). Forward Blas Perez and defender Roman Torres, each of whom tallied two goals in the Central American Cup, were also called up." - CONCACAF

September 27, 2014 - Roberto Chen suffers ACL injury
"Malaga announced Friday that Panama international Roberto Chen has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.  He suffered the injury during training earlier in the day. Chen, who helped his country to a third-place finish in last month’s Central American Cup, will undergo surgery next week." - CONCACAF

September 13, 2014 - Roman Torres scores in win over El Salvador
"Panama played the final 14 minutes with only 10 players, but held on to defeat El Salvador 1-0 in the Central American Cup’s match for third place on Saturday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Roman Torres scored the only goal in the first half, as the Panamanians finished among the top three for the fifth time in the last six editions of the tournament. In the 76th minute, Armando Cooper was shown a red card in his own end of the field for a hard tackle on El Salvador’s Denis Pineda at the left-sided corner flag. The fiercely contested encounter was decided in the fourth minute.  A right-sided corner kick by Rolando Escobar appeared to take a slight – but intentional -- deflection off the head of teammate Gabriel Gomez in the direction of an unmarked Torres, who found the back of the net from seven-yards out." - CONCACAF

September 10, 2014 - Perez & Torres score in win over Nicaragua
"Panama posted a 2-0 win over Nicaragua in the Central American Cup (CCA) on Wednesday at BBVA Compass Stadium, but fell one goal short of forcing a drawing of lots with Costa Rica for a place in the tournament’s final.... Blas Perez and Roman Torres scored late second-half goals within seconds of each other for the victory. In a match that looked destined to finish scoreless, Perez gave Panama a 1-0 lead in the 81st minute.  Nicaragua struggled to clear from inside its own box, ultimately kicking the ball in the direction of Gabriel Torres, who was stationed beyond 18 yards on the right.  The 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup’s co-Golden Boot winner fired towards the net, only for Perez to stick out a foot and redirect into the back of Nicaragua’s net from close range. One minute later, Eric Davis delivered a corner kick from the left side that Torres rose high to head home to double the advantage." -  CONCACAF

September 1, 2014 - Central American Cup roster
  • Goalkeepers: Jaime Penedo (LA Galaxy, USA); Oscar Mc Farlane (Pérez Zeledón, CRC) 
  • Defenders: Roman Torres (Millonarios FC, COL); Roberto Chen (Malaga, ESP); Harold Cummings (Juan Aurich, PER); Adolfo Machado (Saprissa, CRC); Richard Peralta (Alianza, SLV); Carlos Rodriguez (Fortaleza FC, COL); Erick Davis (Sporting San Miguelito, PAN); Ángel Patrick (Arabe Unido, PAN) 
  • Midfielders: Gabriel Gómez (Herediano, CRC); Amílcar Henríquez (Arabe Unido, PAN); Rolando Escobar (Deportivo Anzoategui, VEN); Armando Cooper (Godoy Cruz, ARG); Alberto Quintero (Mineros de Zacatecas, MEX); Darwin Pinzon (Sporting San Miguelito, PAN)
  • Forwards: Alfredo Stephens (Chorrillo FC, PAN); Nicolás Muñoz (Isidro Metapan, SLV); Roberto Nurse (Correcaminos UAT, MEX); Blas Perez (FC Dallas, USA)

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