• Tuesday Oct 31, 2017

    Panama makes squad changes for European friendlies

    Arabe Unido midfielder Leslie Heraldez (blue jersey) was called up to Panama as a replacement player for international friendlies next month. (Photo: Israel Zapateiro)

    PANAMA CITY, Panama – Panama announced Monday a series of changes to its roster for a pair of international friendlies in Europe next month.

    Head coach Hernan Dario Gomez called up forward Alfredo Stephens (Chorrillo FC), defender Roberto Chen and midfielder Leslie Heraldez (both Arabe Unido) as replacements for Gabriel Gomez, Edgar Yoel Barcenas and Luis Tejada.

    In a press release, the Federación Panameña de Fútbol said that the clubs of Gomez (Atletico Bucaramanga/Colombia) and Barcenas (Cafetaleros de Tapachula/Mexico) requested that the players not travel due to important commitments over the coming weeks.

    Tejada, meanwhile, suffered a muscle injury while playing for Universitario on Saturday in a 2-0 Peruvian league loss to Melgar.

    The Panamanians are scheduled to face Iran on November 9 in Graz, Austria, and visit Wales for five days later.

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