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Gold Cup Preview: Panama - Mexico



Panama (4-4-2): Penedo; Rodriguez, Torres, Parrish, Chen; Quintero, Sanchez, Gomez, Godoy; Perez, 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 (4-2-3-1): Orozco; Aldrete, Valenzuela, Huiqui, Layun; Peña, Castro; Fabian, Velarde, Montes; Jimenez


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 snuck by Trinidad and Tobago 1-0 in the quarterfinal, thanks to an 84th minute goal by Raul Jimenez.

  • Panama, meanwhile, destroyed Cuba 6-1 in its quarterfinal match. Gabriel Torres and Blas Perez each scored two goals.

  • These two teams met in the opening match of Group A on July 7, with Panama earning a surprising 2-1 win.

  • Torres has five goals in the Gold Cup, tying him for the tournament lead with Chris Wondolowski of the USA.

  • Mexico finished in second place behind Panama in Group A. El Tri has never won the Gold Cup when qualifying in second place from the group phase

  • Panama has committed the least fouls in the tournament with 42, while Mexico has committed the most with 65.
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