Gold Cup Preview: Mexico - Panama

Mexico opens its 2013 Gold Cup campaign at the Rose Bowl, where its 2011 Gold Cup ended in glory.
Panama (4-4-2): Penedo; Rodriguez, Torres, Cummings, Chen; Quintero, Sanchez, Godoy, Gomez; Blackburn, Torres


GOALKEEPERS: Jaime Penedo (no club), Luis Mejia (Fenix - Uruguay), Alex Rodriguez (Sporting San Miguelito)

DEFENDERS: Leonel Parris (Tauro), Harold Cummings (Arabe Unido), Carlos Rodriguez (Chepo), Roman Torres (Millonarois - Colombia), Jean Carlos Cedeño (Alianza), Roderick Miller (San Francisco), Richard Dixon (Sporting San Miguelito), Roberto Chen (San Francisco)

MIDFIELDERS: Gabriel Gomez (Junior (Colombia), Marcos Sanchez (Tauro), Eybir Bonaga (San Francisco), Juan Perez (Tauro), Jairo Jimenez (Chorrillo), Alberto Quintero (Chorrillo), Anibal Godoy (Chepo), Rolando Escobar (Deportivo Anzoategui - Venezuela)

FORWARDS: Blas Perez (FC Dallas - USA), Gabriel Torres (Zamora - Venezuela), Cecilio Waterman (Fenix - Uruguay), Rolando Blackburn (Chorrillo)

Mexico (4-4-2): Orozco; Valenzuela, Jimenez, Lopez, Aldrete; Cortes, Enriquez, Fabian, Ponce; Jimenez, Lugo
Mexico Under 17

GOALKEEPERS: Jonathan Orozco (Monterrey), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Moises Munoz (Club America)

DEFENDERS: Israel Jimenez (Tigres), Leobardo Lopez (Monterrey), Joel Huiqui (Morelia), Darvin Chavez (Monterrey), Adrian Aldrete (Club America), Efrain Velarde (Pumas), Juan Carlos Valenzuela (Club America), Miguel Layun (Club America), Jair Pereira (Cruz Azul)

MIDFIELDERS: Carlos Peña (Leon), Javier Cortes (Pumas), Luis Montes (Leon), Jorge Enriquez (Guadalajara), Miguel Ponce (Guadalajara), Alejandro Castro (Cruz Azul)

FORWARDS: Raul Jimenez (Club America), Marco Fabian (Guadalajara), Rafael Marquez Lugo (Guadalajara), Isaac Brizuela (Toluca), Javier Orozco (Santos)

  • Mexico is the two-time Gold Cup defending champion, having destroyed the USA 5-0 in the 2009 final, before defeating the U.S. again in 2011 by a 4-2 scoreline.
  • Panama, ranked 43rd in the world, brings a fairly strong roster to the Gold Cup, but will be without key members Felipe Baloy and Armando Cooper.
  • Mexico's squad is entirely domestic-based, and features a dozen players 25 or younger.
  • Mexico is coming off a tough Confederations Cup, where it lost to Italy and Brazil in the group stage before closing out its tournament with a win over Japan.
  • The only three-peat in Gold Cup history was accomplished by Mexico in the 1993, 1996 and 1998 tournaments.