Panama is certainly relying on youth to boost the cause for a first-ever appearance in the Olympic Games. More than half of the Panamanian squad (12 of 20) is comprised of players born in 1995 or later, including a pair of 18-year-olds: forward Ismael Diaz and midfielder Justin Simons. Despite his relative youth, Diaz has been a known quantity for many years in international football circles. The forward, who scored nine goals in CONCACAF under-20 play over the last 16 months (5 in Central American qualifying, 4 in CONCACAF finals), signed with European power Porto from Tauro in August. Diaz played in the 2013 FIFA Under-17 and 2015 FIFA Under-20 World Cups. In addition to Diaz, three others from the 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Champions Best XI team made the roster: goalkeeper Jaime De Gracia, defender Chin Hormechea and defender Kevin Galvan. Panama went unbeaten in Central American qualifying with two wins and draw, producing three goals in each of the victories (3-0 v Nicaragua, 3-2 v El Salvador
Player to Track: MF Edgar Yoel Barcenas (Arabe Unido)
Trinidad & Tobago
PPL Park, a state-of-the-art 18,500-seat Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium, serves as home to Philadelphia Union. Since opening its doors on June 27, 2010, it has hosted numerous events for multiple sports. In October 2014, the CONCACAF Women’s Championship finals were held there as the United States, Costa Rica and Mexico earned berths to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Two years earlier, the MLS All-Stars squared off against English-power Chelsea before a crowd of 19,236. PPL Park has been recognized on multiple occasions, winning awards from Mid Atlantic Construction Magazine for “Best Sports/Recreation Project of the Year,” the Delaware County Planning Commission for outstanding land projects in the County and the NCS4 Facility Achievement Award that honors venues that excel in safety and security operations.
City: Chester, Pennsylvania
Past Gold Cups:first-time venue
Field Size: 120 x 75