Panama’s Penedo motivated for Central American Cup

Jaime Penedo (pictured) will be looking for his second Central American Cup title, when Panama opens its 2014 campaign against Costa Rica on September 7, 2014, at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. (Photo: Mexsport)

CARSON, California – The fact that the 2014 Central American Cup offers multiple berths to the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup and that the champion will receive an automatic ticket to the 2016 Centennial Cup America is serious motivation for Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo.

The LA Galaxy standout won the 2009 edition of the region’s championship for national teams and has played in the final of two Gold Cups (2005, 2009).

“With the added attraction that it gives you a spot in the Centennial Cup America, I think is more than good,” said Penedo.  “So Panama is working with the vision of being champions of the tournament.”

The 32-year-old is eager for the tournament to start and to represent his country once again.

“To play with the national team is always a point of pride and we add to that the possibility of playing in the Cup America and the CONCACAF Gold Cup, of course it is good,” Penedo finished.  “Always, if you are called to play for your country, it is an honor to defend your country’s flag.”

Panama kicks off its Central American Cup campaign against Costa Rica on September 7 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas.