Seven MLS players called in for Panama's squad to face USA

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Coach Hernan Gomez will lean on players playing abroad for March's World Cup qualification matches, including the Americans' visit to Panama.

Pamana coach Hernan "Bolillo" Gomez has named his squad for March's World Cup qualification matches against Trinidad and Tobago and the United States, relying heavily on players based abroad.

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Of the 24 players, seven players currently make a living in MLS, setting up the potential for plenty of familiar one-on-one battles when the U.S. visits the Estadio Rommel Fernandez for March 28's match in the capital. Before that game, Panama travels to Port of Spain to face Trinidad and Tobago.

Gomez's most notable omissions came up top where 19-year-old Porto B forward Ismael Diaz and Sergio Moreno, who has played well recently for Peruvian side Deportivo Municipal, were left out of the group. 

After opening qualification with a win at Honduras and a draw at home against Mexico, Panama sits third in the CONCACAF standings. If Los Caneleros can hold on to that place, they'd qualify to the World Cup for the first time.

Full squad:

Goalkeepers: Jaime Penedo (Dinamo Bucharest, Romania), Jose Calderon (Real Cartagena, Colombia)

Defenders: Adolfo Machado (Houston Dynamo, MLS), Felipe Baloy (Tauro, Panama), Fidel Escobar (Sporting B, Portugal), Luis Ovalle (Zamora, Venezuela), Michael Amir Murillo (New York Red Bulls, MLS), Roman Torres (Seattle Sounders, MLS), Eric Davis (Dunajska Streda, Slovakia) Harold Cummings (San Jose Earthquakes, MLS)

Midfielders: Ricardo Avila (Koper, Slovenia), Miguel Camargo (New York City FC, MLS), Anibal Godoy (San Jose Earthquakes, MLS), Gabriel Gomez (Atletico Bucaramanga, Colombia), Armando Cooper (Toronto FC, MLS), Amilcar Henriquez (Arabe Unido, Panama), Alberto Quintero (Universitario, Peru), Edgar Yoel Barcenas (Tapachula, Mexico), Josiel Nunez (Plaza Amador, Panama)

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Forwards: Gabriel Torres (Lausanne-Sport, Switzerland), Blas Perez (Blooming, Bolivia), Tony Taylor (Pacos de Ferreira, Portugal) Luis Tejada (Universitario, Peru), Abdiel Arroyo (Danubio, Uruguay)

 

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