The start of the Gold Cup 2021 is a few days away. The national team of Panama is already in the United States, getting ready for their debut against Qatar at the BBVA Stadium in Houston. La Marea Roja is expecting to have a deep run in the tournament.
It will be their ninth consecutive appearance, and their 10th overall, in the tournament. Head Coach Thomas Christiansen, who has been in charge of the team since last year, already helped the team qualify into the Final Round of Concacaf World Cup Qualifying.
With a group of players that combine experience and youth, Panama is looking to finally lift the trophy, after getting into two finals. They lost both against the United States. But first, they will try to get into the knockout stage, as they have done every edition they participated in.
Gold Cup 2021: Panama’s squad for the tournament
Before heading to the United States, Christiansen told the press that his first obligation was to qualify Panama for the Final Round in the World Cup Qualifiers, but he’s still “ambitious” and he wants “to go as far as possible in everything”.
With a big goal in mind, Danish Christiansen has called up veterans like Adolfo Machado, Anibal Godoy or Armando Cooper. But he also included in the roster young men like Cesar Yanis, Victor Griffith and Adalberto Carrasquilla. Here’s the full squad:
Goalkeepers (3): Jose Calderon (Coban Imperial), Luis Mejia (Fenix), Orlando Mosquera (Boluspor)
Defenders (10): Andres Andrade (LASK), Kevin Calderon (Universitario), Omar Cordoba (Independiente), Harold Cummings (Always Ready), Eric Davis (Dunajska Streda), Manuel Gamboa (Plaza Amador), Adolfo Machado (San Carlos), Michael Amir Murillo (Anderlecht), Francisco Palacios (San Francisco), Richard Peralta (Tauro)
Midfielders (8): Edgar Barcenas (Girona), Miguel Camargo (Independiente Medellin), Adalberto Carrasquilla (Cartagena), Anibal Godoy (Nashville SC), Victor Griffith (Arabe Unido), Alberto Quintero (Universitario), Jose Luis Rodriguez (Lugo), Cesar Yanis (Deportivo del Este)
Forwards (4): Jorman Aguilar (San Carlos), Jose Fajardo (9 de Octubre), Gabriel Torres (Pumas), Cecilio Waterman (Everton – Chile)