Panama growing under Gomez

Panama's Harold Cummings (white jersey) in action against host Mexico during their friendly on October 12, 2014. (Photo: Mexsport)

PANAMA CITY, Panama – Following Panama’s 3-1 win over El Salvador last week, head coach Hernan Dario Gomez stated that his team is finding its personality.

The Canaleros are unbeaten in five of their last six matches -- including four victories and a third-place finish in the Central American Cup – heading into Tuesday’s friendly against visiting Canada at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez.  Their only loss during that stretch was a narrow 1-0 setback on a late goal last month at Mexico.

“It appears to me that we are on the right road,” said Gomez.  “The match (against El Salvador) was typical of a qualifier.  There are no more friendly matches.  We all want to improve in the FIFA rankings and all of us are playing for something important in order to be able to go into (World Cup) qualifiers in good form.”

Panama extended its unbeaten streak against El Salvador to seven matches.  Gomez pointed to the experience of his players as a factor for that success.

“Panama is a team with experience that is coming along in getting its identity and style,” noted the Colombian.  “It was a strong match, difficult for the two teams.”

Though the Panamanians have only one win in eight all-time meetings against Canada, Gomez wants to complete the 2014 schedule on a positive note.

“We hope to be able to continue improving and working toward the future,” the 58-year-old concluded.