Panama U23s to start Pan American Games training

Jhamal Rodriguez (#10) was invited to a Panama under-23 national team training camp, which opens on June 15, 2015. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images).

PANAMA CITY, Panama – The Panama under-23 national team will open a training camp on Monday to start preparations for the upcoming Pan American Games, which is to be played July 12-26, 2015, in Toronto.

Head coach Leonardo Pipino, who was also in charge of the Canaleros’ side at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand earlier this month, has called in 20 players.

The roster is highlighted by the inclusion of defender Fidel Escobar, who was Panama’s top scorer at the U-20 World Cup with two goals in three games.  Other under-20 players earning invitations include defender Chin Hormechea and goalkeeper Jaime De Gracia, both of whom earned spots on the 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship’s Best XI team.

Pipino will hold double sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays will consist of single workouts.


(Pan American Games training camp, starting June 15, 2015)

GOALKEEPERS: Jaime De Gracia

DEFENDERS: Fidel Escobar, Josue Flores, Luis Fraiz, Chin Hormechea, Richard Peralta, Jan Vargas, Dario Wright

MIDFIELDERS: Edgar Yoel Barcenas, Pedro Jeanine, Jairo Jimenez, Jose Muñoz, Francisco Narbon, Josiel Nuñez, Jhamal Rodríguez

FORWARDS: Jorman Aguilar, Ricardo Clarke, Jesus Gonzalez, Elieser Powell, Ervin Zorrilla