Panama’s Gomez invites 20 for March friendlies

Roberto Nurse (pictured) was one of 20 players called up by Panama for friendlies against Trinidad & Tobago and Costa Rica later in March.

PANAMA CITY, Panama – Panama head coach Hernan Dario Gomez has extended invitations to 20 players ahead of two international friendlies later in the month.

The Canaleros will first travel to the Caribbean for a March 27 encounter at Trinidad & Tobago, before returning home to take on another CONCACAF rival -- Costa Rica -- on March 31 at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez.

The roster consists of 16 foreign-based players and four from the domestic league, including Arabe Unido defender Chin Hormechea, who was named to the 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship’s Best XI in January.

Galkeeper Luis Mejia (Fenix/Uruguay) and forward Jorman Aguilar (CA Independiente/ Panama) received their first call-ups. 

PANAMA ROSTER

(International friendlies: March 27, 2015, away v Trinidad & Tobago; March 31, 2015, home v Costa Rica) 

GOALKEEPERS: Luis Mejia (Fenix/Uruguay), Jaime Penedo (LA Galaxy/USA) 

DEFENDERS: Harold Cummings (Independiente Santa Fe/Colombia); Eric Davis (Sporting San Miguelito); Luis Henriquez (Lech Poznan/Poland); Chin Hormechea (Arabe Unido); Adolfo Machado (Saprissa/Costa Rica); Roman Torres (Millonarios/Colombia)

MIDFIELDERS: Ricardo Buitrago (Plaza Amador); Miguel Camargo (Aguila/El Salvador); Armando Cooper (St. Pauli/Germany); Rolando Escobar (Deportivo Anzoátegui/Venezuela); Anibal Godoy (Honved/Hungary); Gabriel Gomez (Herediano/Costa Rica); Alberto Quintero (Lobos BUAP/Mexico)

FORWARDS: Jorman Aguilar (CA Independiente); Rolando Blackburn (Comunicaciones/Guatemala); Roberto Nurse (Dorados/Mexico); Blas Perez (FC Dallas/USA); Luis Tejada (Juan Aurich/Peru)