By CAITLIN MURRAY
LA Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo, Colorado Rapids forward Gabriel Torres and FC Dallas forward Blas Perez are among the 21 players called in for Panama’s friendly against the U.S. Men’s National Team on Feb. 8.
With the friendly at the StubHub Center outside Los Angeles, Penedo returns to the site where he helped the Galaxy win the MLS Cup in December in his first full season as a starter. He appeared in 29 games and made 81 saves last season.
The young Los Canaleros squad also includes six players who featured for Panama in this month’s CONCACAF U-20 Championship. Panama qualified for the U-20 World Cup and finished as runners-up behind Mexico.
Check out the full roster after the jump:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jaime Penedo (LA Galaxy, USA), Jose Calderon (Deportivo Coatepeque, GUA)
DEFENDERS (7): Leonel Parris (Tauro FC), Fidel Escobar (Sporting San Miguelito), Harold Cummings (Santa Fe, COL), Luis Ovalle (Zamora FC , VEN), Eric Davis (Sporting San Miguelito), Chin Hormechea (Arabe Unido), Michael Murillo (San Francisco FC)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Anibal Godoy (Budapest Honved FC, HUN), Marco Sanchez (Táchira, VEN), Jhamal Rodríguez ( Chorrillo FC), Luis Pereira (Arabe Unido), Ricardo Buitrago (Plaza Amador), Hécgar Murillo (Tauro FC)
FORWARDS (6): Blas Perez (FC Dallas, USA), Gabriel Torres (Colorado Rapids, USA), Rolando Blackburn (Communications, GUA), Ismael Diaz (Tauro FC), Alfredo Stephens (Chorrillo FC), Jairo Glaize (Sportin San Miguelito)
What do you think of Panama’s roster? Glad to see MLS players called in? Like to see a young crop of players? Think this squad will be a good test for the USMNT?
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