Panama, U.S. injuries force Copa America Centenario roster changes

Panama's Ismael Diaz (pictured) will miss the 2016 Copa America Centenario due to an injury. (Photo: Mexsport)


CHICAGO – Panama and the United States have been given approval to make changes to their rosters ahead of the upcoming Copa America Centenario.

The Copa America Centenario Medical Committee ruled that Panama’s Ismael Diaz (Porto/Portugal) and Timothy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt/Germany) of the USA suffered injuries that will prevent them from playing in the competition that opens on June 3.

Diaz will be replaced by 27-year-old defender Martin Gomez, who plays locally with San Francisco FC.

On Monday, Chandler was subbed out in the 71st minute of a playoff match that his saw club Eintracht Frankfurt maintain its German Bundesliga status for next season in a 2-1 win over Nurnberg. Although it was initially believed that he would be available for national team duty, Chandler will have his spot in the squad taken by Monterrey defender Edgar Castillo.

First, Castillo and the Rayados must contest the second leg of the 2016 Liga MX Clausura final against visiting Pachuca on Sunday night. Pachuca won the series opener, 1-0, on Thursday.