Youthful Panama, Camargo leave good first Gold Cup impression
Miguel Camargo (pictured) scored for Panama in a CONCACAF Gold Cup match against the USA on July 8, 2017, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. (Photo: AFP Services)

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – Miguel Camargo was sure the ball was going into the net when he picked out the far post in the first half, but the attempt was thwarted by United States goalkeeper Brad Guzan.

“I did think I scored, but the goalie is excellent and he got it on time,” Camargo said.

The New York City FC midfielder, though, wouldn’t be denied on the hour mark, equalizing in the 1-1 draw Saturday at Nissan Stadium.  Camargo took the rebound of a saved shot and beat Guzan into the left side of the net.

“I was very happy, very content. But the merit goes to the team as whole,” expressed Camargo.  “Even though we were under [pressure] as a team, we tried as a team and made it happen to tie the game.  We got a great goal and now we wait for the next game.”

Camargo, 24, is part of a youth movement that is being introduced by head coach Hernan Dario.  Panama’s starting lineup against the U.S. also featured defenders Roberto Chen (23), Michael Murrillo (21) and Jan Carlos Vargas (22), as well as forward Ismael Diaz (20).

“It’s a very young team, but with a lot of experience,” Camargo commented.  “The whole country puts the trust in us and the coach as well. We have to show that on the field.”

Gomez was certainly impressed.

“It left us with a good taste in our mouths, with a good sensation especially against a high quality rival,” said the 61-year-old Colombian.

On the whole, the Panamanians did well getting into the attacking third, but Gomez wants them to be more clinical.

“We get forward a lot, but we have to score,” he finished.  “We have to learn how to take our chances better and we have to work on finishing.  We know how to get to the endlines, but when we get to