No surprises as Panama confirms Copa America squad

Panama's three most-capped players all made the cut for the nation's final 23-man Copa America Centenario squad.

There were no real surprises from Panama coach Hernan "Bolillo" Dario Gomez after he finalized his 23-man squad for the Copa America Centenario. 

Gomez has gone almost unchanged from Panama's squad for their 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Haiti in March. 

Panama's three most capped players - former MLS players Gabriel Gomez and Jaime Penedo and Vancouver Whitecaps forward Blas Perez - were all included, along with Luis Tejada, Luis Henriquez and Felipe Baloy.

However, Gomez also opted for a tinge of youth, with 18-year-old Porto B forward Ismael Diaz picked in the squad for the century edition of the tournament, which will kick off in the United States on June 3. 

Panama has a tough task ahead of it, however, drawn in Group D alongside 14-time winners Argentina, defending champions Chile and Bolivia. 

Gomez and Co. open their campaign against Bolivia on June 6 before tackling Argentina four days later, rounding out the group stage with a clash against Chile on June 14.

 

Panama squad in full: 

Goalkeepers: Jose Calderon (Platense), Jaime Penedo (Saprissa), Alex Rodriguez (San Francisco) 

Defenders: Felipe Baloy (Atlas), Harold Cummings (Alajuelense), Eric Davis (FC DAC 1904), Fidel Escobar (Sporting San Miguelito), Luis Henriquez (Tauro), Adolfo Machado (Saprissa), Roderick Miller (San Francisco)

Midfielders: Ricardo Buitrago (Juan Aurich), Armando Cooper (Arabe Unido), Anibal Godoy (San Jose Earthquakes), Gabriel Gomez (Cartagines), Amilcar Henriquez (America), Valentin Pimental (La Equidad), Alberto Quintero (San Jose Earthquakes)

Forwards: Abdiel Arroyo (RNK Split), Ismael Diaz (Porto B), Roberto Nurse (Mineros de Zacatecas), Blas Perez (Vancouver Whitecaps), Luis Tejada (Juan Aurich), Gabriel Torres (Zamora)