Panama Copa America squad review: Lack of forwards could cause issues

The official 26-man Panama Copa America squad was announced on Friday by Spanish head coach Thomas Christiansen. Los Canaleros will be hoping to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition for the very first time.

Panama were the earliest to qualify for the Copa America out of the CONCACAF teams along with the hosts USA, having finished top of their Nations League group.

However, they have been placed in a tricky Group C alongside the hosts, as well as third-favourites Uruguay, causing their pre-tournament odds to lengthen drastically.

Panama defender Michael Amir Murillo (xNealxSimpson/Sportsphoto/APLx 13957899)

There is a mix of youth and experience, with 34-year-old midfield captain Anibal Godoy earning a staggering 135 caps for his country, while others only have between two and three senior international caps to their name.

Other notable inclusions are Michael Amir Murillo, who plays his club football for Marseille, while fellow defender Jose Cordoba plays for Norwich City.

Panama – Key facts

  • Year founded: 1938
  • Current FIFA ranking: 45 (down one since 4th April 2024)
  • Highest FIFA ranking: 29 (March 2014)
  • Year of Copa America debut: 2016
  • Best Copa America performance: Group stage (2016)
  • Player to watch: Michael Amir Murillo

Full Panama Copa America squad

Goalkeeper

  • Luis Mejia (Nacional)
  • Cesar Samudio (Marathon)
  • Orlando Mosquera (Maccabi Tel Aviv)

Defence

  • Cesar Blackman (Slovan Bratislava)
  • Jose Cordoba (Norwich City)
  • Eduardo Anderson (Saprissa)
  • Eric Davis (Kosice)
  • Omar Valencia (New York Red Bulls)
  • Ivan Anderson (Fortaleza)
  • Michael Amir Murillo (Marseille)
  • Edgardo Farina (Municipal)
  • Roderick Miller (Turan Tovuz)

Midfield

  • Abdiel Ayarza (Cienciano)
  • Cristian Martinez (Al-Jandal)
  • Jose Luis Rodriguez (Famalicao)
  • Adalberto Carrasquilla (Houston Dynamo)
  • Yoel Barcenas (Mazatlan)
  • Freddy Gondola (Maccabi Bnei Reineh)
  • Jovani Welch (Academico de Viseu)
  • Carlos Harvey (Minnesota United)
  • Anibal Govoy (Nashville)
  • Cesar Yanis (San Carlos)
  • Kahiser Lenis (Jaguares)

Attack

  • Eduardo Guerrero (Zorya Luhansk)
  • Ismael Diaz (Universidad Catolica)
  • Jose Fajardo (Universidad Catolica)

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