Midfielder Armando Cooper (pictured) was one of 34 players called up to Panama for a late-December training camp. (Photo: Adid Jimenez/Straffon Images)
PANAMA CITY, Panama – Panama head coach Hernan Darío Gomez announced Monday a list of 34 players for a camp in advance of the next year’s Copa Centroamericana, which it will host January 13-22, 2017.
The squad will report to Estadio Rommel Fernandez on December 26 for five days of training.
A trio from recently-crowned Panamanian Apertura champion Arabe Unido highlight the selection. Forwards Abdiel Macea and Enrico Small -- each of whom scored a goal in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Plaza Amador in the final -- received call-ups, as did midfielder Jose Gonzalez, the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League’s joint-top scorer with five goals.
Midfielder Armando Cooper, a former Arabe Unido star, was also extended an invitation. The 29-year-old could start for Toronto FC in Saturday’s MLS Cup final against the visiting Seattle Sounders.
The Copa Centroamericana is the championship for the region’s national teams and also serves as a CONCACAF Gold Cup qualifying competition. In its previous appearance in 2014, Panama finished third, last lifting the trophy once in 2009.
GOALKEEPERS: Jose Calderon, Eric Hughes, Alex Rodriguez
DEFENDERS: Azmahar Ariano, Harold Cummings, Eric Davis, Fidel Escobar, Martin Gomez, Roderick Miller, Michael Murillo, Luis Ovalle, Angel Patrick, Richard Peralta, Jan Carlos Vargas, Manuel Vargas, Oscar Villareal
MIDFIELDERS: Armando Cooper, Ricardo Buitrago, Anibal Godoy, Jose Gonzalez, Amilcar Henriquez, Abdiel Macea, Sergio Moreno, Josiel Nuñez, Luis Pereira, Valentín Pimentel, Alberto Quintero
FORWARDS: Abdiel Arroyo, Edgar Yoel Barcenas Rolando Blackburn, Ricardo Clarke, Enrico Small, Tony Taylor, Gabriel Torres