• Friday Dec 02, 2011

    Chorrillo wins first Panamanian title, CCL berth

    PANAMA CITY - Chorrillo FC won its first Panamanian league title in history Friday night, beating 10-man Plaza Amador 4-1 to claim the Apertura crown and a berth in next season's CONCACAF Champions League.

    Chorrillo, a club founded in 1974 and which finished league runner-up in the 2009 Apertura, secured at least a place in the Preliminary Round and became the fifth team to join the 24-team field along with the four U.S. teams: the LA Galaxy, Seattle Sounders, Houston Dynamo and Real Salt Lake.

    Goals by Rolando Blackburn in the 25th and 62nd minutes, plus another by Alfredo Phillips in the 77th staked Chorrillo to a 3-0 lead before Plaza Amador responded with a strike by Jaiver Caicedo with five minutes remaining.

    With Javier Vergara being sent off in the 33rd minute with his second yellow card for kicking a ball at an opponent, Plaza Amador was unable to mount much of a rally and surrendered a final goal to Chorrillo by Renan Addles in the 90th minute.

    The Balboa-based Chorrillo FC is assured one of Panama's two berths and becomes only the fourth different team from the isthmus nation to qualify since the Champions League was inaugurated in 2008, joining San Francisco, Tauro and Arabe Unido.

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