• Tuesday Nov 11, 2014

    Stempel, Dely Valdes optimistic in Panama semis

    Semifinal, first leg Panamanian Apertura action between San Francisco (red jersey) and Chorrillo FC. (Photo courtesy of the Liga Panameña de Fútbol)

    PANAMA CITY, Panama – After first leg victories in the 2014 Panamanian Apertura semifinals, Gary Stempel and Jorge Dely Valdes, the head coaches of San Francisco and Tauro, respectively, believe their teams are heading in the right direction.

    San Francisco downed Chorrillo 1-0 thanks to a 50th minute goal by Johnny Ruiz, while Tauro defeated Sporting San Miguelito, 2-1, on tallies by Bernardo Palma (18’) and Juan De Dios Perez (87’).

    “It was important to win at home,” said Stempel, a former Panama national team manager.  “But nothing has been won.  We did not play pretty, but the result is what matters.  We are in a good position for the next week and we’ll see what things we need to adjust.”

    Much like Stempel, Dely Valdes knows that his Tauro side still has plenty to do in order to advance to the final.

    “It’s a small advantage,” expressed Dely Valdes, who was named head coach in August after the Toros’ slow start to the campaign.  “The road to the final continues to be open for both.  There is nothing finished, but it is always important to have the advantage, although it is a small one.”

    The second legs will be played on November 15 with Chorrillo hosting San Francisco in the Estadio Maracana (7:00 p.m. local), while Sporting San Miguelito and Tauro will meet at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez (9:00 p.m. local).

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