Union's Gómez called up by Panama to face U.S. in friendly

Recently-signed Philadelphia Union midfielder Gabriel Gómez has been named to Panama's 18-man roster to face the U.S. Men's National Team in Panama City on Wednesday (8:30 pm ET, ESPN3/Galavisión). The Panamanians will look to avenge their loss to the Americans in last summer’s Gold Cup semifinals.

Gómez signed with the Union on December 21, 2011 from Mexican side Indios de Cuidad Juarez. The central midfielder, a former U-20 World Cup player, made his debut with Panama’s senior national team against El Salvador on February 9, 2003. Since then, the 27-year-old has been capped 74 times, notching eight goals. Gómez’s last five tallies with the Red Tide came in 2011, helping Panama reach the 2011 Gold Cup semifinals. Gómez was one of Panama's top players in the tournament, scoring a penalty kick goal against the US in a group stage upset.

Gómez will report to Philadelphia's preseason on January 26, a day later than the rest of the club.


Goalkeepers: Luis Mejía (Fénix/Uruguay), Kevin Melgar (Alianza/Panama)

Defenders: Carlos Rodríguez (FC Dallas), Sergio Thompson (Sporting SM/Panama), Éric Vásquez (Chorrillo FC/Panama), Eduardo Dasent (Tauro FC/Panama), Rolando Algandona (San Francisco FC/Panama), Edward Benítez (Sporting SM/Panama)

Midfielders: Luis Ovalle (Sporting SM/Panama), Amir Waithe (San Francisco FC/Panama), Marcos Sánchez (Tauro FC/Panama), Rolando Botello (Tauro FC/Panama), Gabriel Gómez (Philadelphia Union), Juan de Gracia (Chepo/Panama), Alberto Quintero (Chorrillo FC/Panama)

Forwards: Blas Pérez (FC Dallas), Manuel Mosquer (Árabe Unido/Panama), Luis Rentería (Tauro FC/Panama)

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