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Gomez finalise Panama Copa America squad

Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez has announced his final squad for the 2016 Copa America Centenario tournament taking place in the United States from June 3 to June 26.

Los Canaleros impressed to achieve a third-place finish at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup in Canada and they will be looking to build on that performance.

Panama will be vying CONMEBOL sides Argentina, Chile and Bolivia in Group D at the tournament finals and it is clear that they face a very difficult task.

It is hardly surprising that head coach Hernan Dario Gomez has opted against major changes to his standard group, naming a very similar squad to that which faced Haiti in March qualifiers.

Blas Perez, Jaime Penedo and Luis Tejada are some of the star names on the list, whereas the inclusion of talented FC Porto forward Ismael Diaz is enough to suggest that the boss is also looking towards the future.

The likes of Brazil and Paraguay have already named their final rosters for the showpiece tournament, whereas other sides have until May 20 to finalise their lists.

Panama Copa America Centenario squad:

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).

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