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There's little doubt boxer Roberto "Hands of Stone" Duran is the most famous Panamanian athlete of all time, followed closely by Yankee star closing pitcher Mariano "Sandman" Rivera, but a host of other Panamanian athletes have had stellar, record setting careers. Jockey Laffit Pincay, Jr. retired in 2003 with 9,530 career victories, the most in the history of thoroughbred horse racing. Baseball slugger Carlos Lee just signed a six-year contract with the Houston Astros worth $100 million dollars. Frank Davis, at 6' 4" and 326 pounds started playing in the Panama City municipal league and now plays offensive line for the Detroit Lions. Irving Saladino is the current South American long-jump record holder at 8.56 metres. Panamanians love their national "Red Tide" men's soccer team, currently ranked 54th in the world. They follow major sports in the US such as baseball, basketball and "American Football." This section of Panama-Guide.com is dedicated to everything related to sports, sporting events, athletes, and athletic competition. If you require additional information about this or any other category of information regarding the Republic of Panama please take advantage of our powerful in-house search engine. And if you still can't find what you're looking for we even take requests! Welcome aboard, and please remember to tell your friends about Panama-Guide.com, the #1 English Language Website about the Republic of Panama. Salud.
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Yankees wrap Panama trip on high note

Sports SectionBy Marly Rivera (ESPN) PANAMA CITY -- After the Panamanian people waited 67 years to see the New York Yankees live, the team paid them back amply Sunday afternoon in the second game of the “Legends Series” at Rod Carew Stadium with 15 hits in their 7-0 victory over the Miami Marlins.

Just the night before, the Yankees were the victims of a no-hit game which was the first Major League Baseball game in Panama since 1947, but Francisco Cervelli and Yangervis Solarte took charge in putting an end to an unusual offensive drought with back-to-back hits in the second inning. The Venezuelans, who combined for six of 15 Yankees hits, have been two of the best bats for the team this spring.

“I'm in the books!,” a smiling Cervelli said after remembering that he connected that historic first hit. “It was a nice thing. Today we came to play good baseball and to respect this game like always. This series was incredible and coming here to see all of these people super excited in a beautiful country and all for the support of Mariano.”

Panama played the perfect host for the Yankees' weekend series at Rod Carew Stadium. CC Sabathia had his best outing of the preseason, throwing five innings and striking out five and didn't allow a run nor a hit, retiring 15 of the 16 Marlins batters he faced. Cervelli said he felt satisfied with what he has seen from the Yankees ace.

“[Sabathia] was really good. Today we were trying to control the fastball and the first pitches for strikes and every day he's advancing and has more strength. We worked the changeup a lot and it was fantastic in the zone, did a great job and it will keep improving in the two starts that remain this spring.”

Sabathia himself demonstrated satisfaction with his start and all of the experience in Panama, in particular with being able to throw in such solid fashion in front of thousands of fans that chanted his name and welcomed him to the rhythm of drums at Rod Carew Stadium.

“I know these are only [Spring training games] but you never want to be a part of a no-hit game, and it felt good to go out and get the victory today,” Sabathia said.

“I always feel the responsibility to throw well, doesn't matter the situation. It feels good to have been able to do it today. It was a very fun [event], the people were phenomenal and I know Mariano was very excited.”

Outfielder Carlos Beltran, who just connected his third hit of the spring, stressed that the historic series of the games served not only to continue his preparation work during the preseason but also as an inspiration to the growth of professional baseball in Latin America.

“We came with the mentality of continuing to prepare ourselves for training camp, but I also understand the support of the fans was special and hopefully it will open the doors for more events like these, not only in Panama but all of Latin America so that Latin Americans can have the opportunity to watch baseball from the majors, even if it's in Spring Training,” the Puerto Rican pointed out.

Derek Jeter, who struck out three times and didn't connect a hit in the series while having an unproductive spring hitting just .133, thanked the entire Panamanian fans for the support shown throughout the series, in particular the hand he received when he finally got on base after walking and eventually scoring one of the seven runs.

"The fans have been fantastic. It was an electric thing in the stands," said the 39-year-old shortstop, who joked that he does have a hit in Panama after getting one during a charity softball game sponsored by his former teammate Andruw Jones in 2001.

"It's clear that the fans here love baseball and I'm very happy of having this experience. I'll remember this forever."

Manager Joe Girardi deemed the event was quite a success and without a doubt would love to one day return to Panama.

"It was a wonderful place to play. The people in Panama were tremendous with us. They treated us really, really well. In general, it seemed that it was a great trip and I would like it a lot to return."

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The Trip Mariano Rivera Always Dreamed the Yankees Would Take

Sports SectionBy George A. King (New York Post) PANAMA CITY, Panama — Mariano Rivera has five World Series rings, holds the record for saves that will never be touched, earned a place in Yankees history with Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Ford, Mantle, Berra and Jeter and will enter the Hall of Fame on the first ballot.

Yet having the Yankees in his native country for two games this weekend at Rod Carew Stadium means as much to Rivera as anything he achieved in baseball.

“This is the icing on top of the cake, a cherry on top of the cake,’’ Rivera told The Post over breakfast Thursday morning.

After all he accomplished on the field, Rivera had one dream that will be fulfilled when the Yankees and Marlins play exhibition games Saturday and Sunday.

“This was a dream of mine, to have my team come here and play,’’ said Rivera, who sports the same trim body he used to record 652 saves. “I wanted my people to have the opportunity to enjoy the game of baseball at the highest level.’’

Like all dreams, Rivera’s started a long time before he even contemplated retirement.

“I had it the same time I was established in the big leagues, 1998,’’ Rivera said of his second year as the Yankees’ closer.

Rivera isn’t a stranger to big moments. He closed out World Series-clinching games, set the saves record at Yankee Stadium and raced to the mound to kiss the rubber after Aaron Boone’s homer beat the Red Sox in 2003 and sent the Yankees to the World Series. On the flip side, he gave up Luis Gonzalez’s broken-bat single that lifted the Diamondbacks over the Yankees in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series.

However, Saturday is going to hold enough juice to get Rivera’s heart rate up with his Yankees in his native land.

“I don’t know,’’ Rivera said when asked what Saturday will be like for him. “It’s going to be exciting with a lot of adrenaline and the fans. It’s going to be good.’’

When the Yankees summoned Rivera from the bullpen, he provided them with a thick security blanket. Now, he wants his countrymen to walk away from the weekend satisfied that his dream for them came true.

“I might,’’ Rivera said when asked about throwing out the first pitch. “I want to make sure my people enjoy the game.’’

For 23 years, the middle of February was the end of Rivera’s winter and the beginning of spring training. Last month, he no longer had to scrape Jaziel, his youngest son, off his leg as he left for Tampa. No longer did he anticipate walking onto George M. Steinbrenner Field and commencing with the mundane drills, bullpen sessions and seven or eight exhibition innings to get ready for another season.

“He is happy, he wants me to be his baseball coach,’’ Rivera said of 11-year-old Jaziel.

Now, as he battled the White Plains winter with everybody else in the New York metropolitan area, retirement has penetrated Rivera’s hairless head.

“It’s official because now is the first spring training since 1990 that I won’t be on the field,’’ Rivera said. “It feels different, but the beauty of that is I have been busy with the church, community and family.’’

When Rivera retired last year, he talked about possibly stopping by Tampa to see “the boys.’’ Now the boys are coming to him.

“I can’t wait. I haven’t seen them in a few months,’’ Rivera said. “I can’t wait to share with them in a different scenario.’’

As for the 2014 Yankees, Rivera believes the lineup will score runs and the pitching rotation is solid. His old job will be manned by David Robertson. The new closer has doubters, and the rest of the bullpen has questions.

“The bullpen is the thing where we need to take a look and follow real close,’’ Rivera said. “The one thing I don’t worry about is the Yankees always do what needs to be done to help the team as much as they can.’’

In a recent conversation with his successor, Rivera delivered a simple message to Robertson that covered every facet of his outstanding career. “I told him to have fun, enjoy and be ready,’’ Rivera said.

Across 19 big league seasons, Rivera lived by those words: Have fun. Enjoy. Be ready. It worked for him.

Now, not even a year removed from the final season, a dream he introduced to himself in 1998 comes true.

Panama gets to see Rivera’s Yankees, led by Derek Jeter, in the flesh.

Editor's Comment: If you can get anywhere near the stadium for these games, don't miss it. This will be an historic event for Panama that will be talked about for a very long time. This will be Panama saying "thank you" to Mariano for all he's done to elevate the country's image during the course of his career. And he has been an amazing example and ambassador for Panama, baseball, and the New York Yankees. Personally, I'm a huge fan, I'm going to miss him on the mound - and I wish him the very best in whatever the future might hold.

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Panama football international Renteria passes away

Sports SectionCONCACAF.com PANAMA CITY, Panama (March 7, 2014) – Tauro FC and Panama standout Luis Renteria passed away early Thursday from respiratory failure after being hospitalized for more than six months battling systemic Lupus. He was 25.

Renteria scored once during Panama’s run to a third-place finish at the 2011 Copa Centroamericana, helping the Canaleros qualify for the Gold Cup. In the CONCACAF competition later that same year, he appeared in four of five games as Panama advanced to the semifinals.

The forward also represented Panama on four occasions in World Cup qualifiers.

In 2010, Renteria netted two goals in Tauro’s 2-1 CONCACAF Champions League win at Marathon.

His career included spells with Real Cartagena in Colombia and Bolivia’s Bolivar.

CONCACAF extends its condolences to Renteria’s family and friends, as well as the Panamanian football community.

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Miami Marlins spring schedule includes games vs. Yankees in Panama

Sports SectionThe Miami Marlins will open their 33-game spring training schedule against a pair of college teams -- the University of Miami and Florida International University -- and are still expected to travel to Panama for two games against the New York Yankees in March.

Details of the Panama trip on March 15 and 16 are still being worked out and are not included on the spring schedule. But the Marlins will be facing the usual cast of teams during its 31-game Grapefruit League schedule in Florida.

Highlights of the 16-game home slate at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter include games against the Boston Red Sox on March 6, Detroit Tigers on March 9 and Atlanta Braves on March 12.

The Marlins will open their spring schedule against UM on Feb. 26, followed one day later by an exhibition against FIU. Both games are scheduled for 1:05 p.m. at Roger Dean.

Marlins pitchers and catchers will report to spring training Feb. 16. The team’s first full-squad workout will be held Feb. 20. (Miami Herald)

Editor's Comment: As part of their tribute to the retiring Mariano Rivera, the New York Yankees have planned games in Panama during spring training for the upcoming season. While the Yankees have not yet released details, the Marlins basically just confirmed the dates by releasing their spring season schedule. Whoops...

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FEPAFUT Will Have A Meeting With Hernan Gomez

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The Panamanian Football Federation (FEPAFUT) said tomorrow they will have a meeting with Colombian coach, Hernan Gomez.

FEPAFUT President, Pedro Chaluja, confirmed the information in a statement to the press.

"This is not a negotiation but an evaluative meeting, where the Commission of National Teams will also participate" as said by Chaluja.

Gomez led Ecuador to play their first World Cup in 2002 in South Korea and Japan.

In recent days, there has been a lot of speculations about the possible recruitment of Gomez.(Panama America)

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Jaime Penedo Got The Third Place In The "Latino Of The Year" Award

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The Panamanian goalkeeper of the national team and LA Galaxy, Jaime Penedo, got the third place in the choice of the "Latino of the year" award organized by the MLS.

Alvaro Saborio of Real Salt Lake took the prize with a percentage of 36.4%, followed by Raul Fernandez with 25.47%, Jaime Penedo with 25.27% and Boniek Garcia with 12.85%.

Panamanian Players Blas Perez and Gabriel Torres also participated on this tournament.(Panama America)

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Panama Said Goodbye To The Opportunity Of Going To The Brazil World Cup In 2014

Sports SectionIt took only two minutes for the United States to kill Panama’s dream, defeating the team 3-2 on Tuesday night, preventing Panama from going forward in the preliminary rounds for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

When the referee announced the end of the game, the Panamanian captain sat on the grass and cried. The striker from the U.S. team, Terrence Boyd, approached him and hugged him.

This last season was probably the last opportunity of Blas Pérez, Luis Tejada, Gabriel Gómez and Jaime Penedo of ever going to be in the World Cup due to their age.

Sadness, tears, disappointment and hugs was the result of this game in the field, at the stands of the Rommel Fernández, in the streets and at the homes of fans, after the Americans turned the game around.

The country was completely disappointed as they were so close to hold the ticket to the next match against Nueva Zelanda. Once again, during the final minutes the convenient result was not well handled and they tied during the additional time and moments later they scored their third goal.

The scenario was ideal because Mexico was losing against Costa Rica 2-1, something that Panama needed, but they couldn’t take advantage of it.

The team led by Julio Dely Valdés went up in the scoreboard twice; at the 18th and 83rd minute. The U.S. team scored one goal on the 64th minute and two more at the 2nd and 3rd minute of the additional time granted.

After the game, the president of the Panamanian Soccer Federation, Pedro Chaluja, said they didn’t fail, because they got to a position never achieved before.

The president said the Dely Valdes’s contract would be extended as far as the team would get.

DELY VALDÉS

"I don’t want to talk about the game… I still can’t believe what happened. I feel… likeI’m the only one responsable. The players did everything they could to move forward. The players shouldn’t feel guilty at any point for what happened today,” said Dely Valdés after the game.

“There is only one person responsible for what happened, and it was the coach of the Panamanian team. It’s my fault.”

Dely Valdés didn’t want to answer the questions of the media representatives and just said it was his fault.

Besides saying there are some things completely out of his possibilities. “It was a very dramatic game, in which the players must also be wise enough to handle situations that a coach can’t handle at certain moments. But anyway I’m the one to blame.”

The team from Panama played really good during the entire game, but their mistakes had strong repercussions, because they couldn’t handle the result when they were winning 2-1 with only 7 minutes until the game was over. The United States, Costa Rica and Honduras have their spot reserved for the World Cup in Brazil, representing the Concacaf.

Mexico, despite losing their last game, haa the fourth position and will have the right to play against New Zealand in November. (Prensa)

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20 Thousand Tickets Have Been Issued For The Game Between U.S.A. And Panama

Sports SectionThe Panamanian Federation of Soccer (Fepafut) announced through Twitter that 20,000 tickets have been issued for the game between Panama and the United States, scheduled for tomorrow at the Rommel Fernandez stadium.

They also informed the costs for the tickets are: General North and South (15.00); Preferential East (35.00); Preferential West (45.00) and VIP West (75.00).

The parking lots cost $10.00. Fepafut said everything they gather in parking lots will be donated to the Active Club 20-30.

The tickets can be purchased at Farmacias Metro and the ePago centers. (TVN)

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The New York Yankees Honor Mariano Rivera

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On Sunday September 22nd, a pregame ceremony was made for the Panamanian baseball player, Mariano Rivera, in the Yankee Stadium.

Several baseball stars such as Jorge Posada, Joe Torre and John Wetteland, among others, attended to this ceremony.

His wife and children also entered the stadium accompanied by his friend and teammate, Derek Jeter.

The rock group Metallica played their song "Enter Sandman" Live as an introduction for Rivera entering the field.

He also received a customized guitar and cabinet signed by the members of Metallica, and a rocking chair made out of baseball bats, among other gifts.

The River Avenue was closed due to the celebrations for Rivera's retirement.

Afterwards, the Star closer for the New York Yankees, entered the game in the eighth inning, the San Francisco Giants were winning with a 2-1 score.

The offensive of the Yankees was unable to contribute to the work made by "Mo" during his last game at the Yankee Stadium.

Rivera was unable able to make the 653th save of his career in front of a lot of fans who were waiting to see his team win.





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Mariano Rivera's Day - Spirit Of Celebration In The Bronx

Sports SectionThe main roads in the Bronx, New York, are filled with signs announcing Mariano Rivera’s Day on Sunday September 22, day in which the Panamanian closer will be honored by the Yankees on his mound.

Rivera, a man from the small coastal village of Puerto Caimito in La Chorrera, is already a living legend without even being in the Hall of Fame.

The articles: hats, shirts, keychains, pictures, among others with the number 42 used by Mariano Rivera are the most sold articles; in fact, a new shipment is expected to arrive before Sunday.

Rivera’s achievements and personality have earned him the affection and respect of not only the fans of the NY Yankees, but of all baseball fans in general.

Rivera never loses his composure; even though he only has one pitch every time he faces other teams – a cut fastball.

All baseball players know what to expect, but no one has been able to figure out the magic behind his pitch which confuses and frustrates even the best hitters. (TVN)

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Panama Is The New American Football Central American Champion

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Yesterday, Panama became the American football champion in Central America, after the national team won the central american tournament by beating Costa Rica by a score of 54-13.

This is the first time there is an event of this kind in the region and Panama takes the pride of being the first to win the tournament in the Central American region.

With this victory, the country qualified for the American Football World Championship, Sweden 2015.(Metro Libre)

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Panama Received Many Encouraging Tweets After The Game

Sports SectionTwitter went crazy after the National Soccer Team managed to tie against Honduras 2-2, and even more after Roberto Chen scored the last goal at the last minute of the game.

The striker Blas Pérez was one of the firsts in sending a tweet “respect for the 500 Panamanians who supported us and the 3 million who are supporting us from Panama!”

Meanwhile, Gabriel Gómez said “the team did an excelent job and from the heart, congratulations to everyone and honor and glory to God, let’s go PTY.”

On the other hand, one of the captains of the team, Felipe Baloy, tweeted “a great effort tonight, we are still fighting for the dream of an entire nation, and together we will make it, I love my country, we need good vibes.”

Other fans started sending their support through Twitter to encourage the players. One of the fans said “before the game I asked for 3 points, but this tie tastes like victory. Well played.”

Another fan said “regardless of his yellow card, he carried the team and scored the second goal to tie the game. We are in the fourth position on top of Mexico.” (TVN)

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Fans Are Already Waiting Outside Of The Stadium In Honduras For The Game VS. Panama

Sports SectionRight outside of the Tiburcio Carias Andino Stadium in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, the party has already started, because the fans started arriving at the stadium at 3 in the afternoon to watch the game Panama vs. Honduras.

Both soccer teams will start playing at 8 in the evening.

At least 30 thousand fans are expected to arrive at the stadium since early in the day, because the government gave the day off since 2 p.m. in Tegucigalpa so the country could go and support their team.

Meanwhile in Panama, fans hope the team does a good job and gets the 3 points.

Earlier in the day, 100 fans who won the prize sponsored by Copa Airlines and TVMAX were on their way to Honduras to enjoy the game.

At the moment, Panama is currently in the fifth place with 7 points within the group for the Brazil World Cup 2014. However, they must get 3 more points and ensure their spot in the world cup.

Costa Rica is currently in the first place with 14 points, followed by the United States with 13 points, Honduras with 10 and Mexico with 8.

At 8 p.m. TVN and TVMAX will air the game so all Panamanians can enjoy the game.

Also, the Roberto Durán Arena will be open to public since 5 p.m. so the fans can enjoy the game and watch the presentation of several artists. (TVN)

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Panama Tied Against Jamaica 0-0

Sports SectionPanama’s soccer team missed the opportunity of scoring last night after playing against Jamaica.

The team led by Julio Dely Váldes did not fulfill the expectations because they weren’t able to score a goal.

It was expected that Panama would be more aggressive during the second half of the game, but this story was the same as many times before in which there were no goals, only ties.

Cecilio Waterman had a great opportunity for scoring, but Jamaica’s team was more aggressive even though they only had 10 players in the field at some point during the game.

Dely made certain adjustments but at the end the results were not what Panama was expected, time was against the national team once again.

Panama will now go to Honduras, to face the team that won against Mexico 2 to 1.

The second half was similar to the first without anything new or goals. (Panama America)

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President Ricardo Martinelli Gives A Recognition To The Panama Little League Team

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Today, President Ricardo Martinelli gave a recognition to the winners of the Little League Baseball World Series.

The President stated "It's impressive what you have done to win this competition and we are all proud of the great work you guys did."

In recognition, the President said the players of this team are gonna be receiving a scholarship, as well as laptops for both the players of the team and to the technical staff.

The President urged players to take advantage of the opportunities and study, he said "everything can be taken away, but the education and knowledge gained will always be with us."

The government will keep on supporting Pandeportes because athletes are important, and the efforts to maintain stadiums in good conditions to be used by the players will continue, according to Martinelli.(Panama America)

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Sugar Shane Mosley Is Currently Visiting Panama

Sports SectionThe fighter Sugar Shane Mosley, American professional boxer who held titles in three weight divisions and welterweight champion in the WBA after defeating Antonio Margarito, is currently in Panama visiting the gym in Curundu.

Mosley said he is excited of being in the country of Roberto Durán and will stay in the country for 4 more days.

When he was asked if he will continue boxing, Mosley said he still has five more years.

During his career he has fought with big rivals such as Óscar de la Hoya (Mosley defeated him twice), Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Mosley said he brought his mother along so she could have a treatment. (Mi Diario)

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Panama Defeated Canada 12 To 0

Sports SectionPanama’s team defeated Canada 12 to 0 in the Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, United States.

The Panamanian team went up when the Edgar Rosales hit a home run, getting the party started for the team of Aguadulce.

Due to the wide advantage of the team the game finished when they declared the Panamanian team had many runs over the other team, eliminating Canada.

With this result Panama will play against China, Taipéi tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. (Panama America)

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Panama Won The Little League Baseball World Series

Sports SectionThe baseball team from Chitre in Herrera, representing Latin America, won the Little League Baseball World Series after defeating Pennsylvania 2 to 1, thanks in the most part to Javier Garcia.

Panamanians were losing at the beginning when the U.S. team scored their only run at the end of the fourth episode with Joe Zorelli.

However, the team from Herrera scored two runs at the beginning of the sixth episode with Abel Gallardo and Abel Frías, and left the scoreboard as it ended, 2 to 1.

This is the second time that a team from Panama wins the Little League Baseball World Series. In 2000 the team from Curundu won, led by Martín Crespo.

Edgardo Sandoval, Rafael De león and Abel Gallardo, scored two hits in three turns.

Javier García pitched the full seven innings. (Prensa)

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Gabriel Torres Will Play With Colorado Rapids

Sports SectionThe Panamanian striker Gabriel Torres will be part of the Colorado Rapids team from the Major Soccer League, after they were speculating a lot about the possibility of him playing there.

The official Twitter account of San Francisco FC, @ SanFraFC, uploaded the contract of the “Golden Boot 2013” with the American soccer club after a long wait.

The tweet said "it is official: Gabriel Torres will play with Colorado Rapids in MLS."

Torres had a great turnout at the last Gold Cup 2013, where he was one of the scorers of the game. (Panama America)

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Los Angeles Galaxy Signs Jaime Penedo

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The Panamanian national team goalkeeper Jaime Penedo was officially signed by the soccer club Los Angeles Galaxy of the Major League Soccer (MLS).

The Los Angeles Galaxy has made the signing official as announced in the club's website.

The signing was given after Penedo was voted the best goalkeeper of CONCACAF in the latest edition of the Gold Cup.

Penedo is expected to play for his new club on Wednesday in the Guinness International Champions Cup tournament, when the Galaxy plays against AC Milan at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami.(Metro Libre)

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The Government Gave $500 Thousand To FEPAFUT

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Fulfilling one of the promises made by the President Ricardo Martinelli, to support the national sport, the National Assistance Program (PAN), through its director Rafael Guardia, contributed $500 thousand to the Panamanian Football Federation (FEPAFUT) for the achievements made by their Senior Team and the sub 17 team, respectively.

The PAN delivered a first check of $250 thousand to the FEPAFUT president, Pedro Chaluja, for the senior team and their participation in the final round of the Confederation of North America, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF) Hexagonal to qualify for the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014.

Similarly, the director of PAN gave another check for $250 thousand to the Sub 17 team for their participation in the Pre-World Cup of the CONCACAF, in which the Panamanian Sub 17 team finished in second place and earned it's passage to the Sub 17 World Cup 2013 to be held in the UAE.(La Critica)

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USA Wins The Gold Cup Final Against Panama

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With a goal in the 68th minute made by Dane Brekken Shea, United States won the 2013 Gold Cup final against Panama, in a game that took place at the Soldier Field in Chicago.

Many reactions were generated in social networks after the goal, questioning if Shea was offside.

When the game ended, Panamanians players, some of them crying, knelt in the middle of the football field and prayed.

This is the fifth Gold Cup the US have won.

Besides occupying the second place in the Gold Cup, Panama was awarded as the Fair Play Team, Jaime Penedo was awarded as the Best Goalkeeper and Gabriel Torres as one of the top scorers of the tournament, tied in the first place with two other players.(TVN)

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Panama Will Play In The Gold Cup Final

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The national soccer team defeated Mexico 2-1 in the Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, United States.

Blas Perez scored the first goal in the 13th minute of the game, Followed by a goal at the 25th minute, made by Mexican player Luis Montes, this tied the game 1-1.

However, Panamanian player Roman Torres scored a second goal for Panama at the 60th minute of the game.

Both teams faced a semifinal match of the Gold Cup 2013, and with this victory Panama earned it's spot in the Gold Cup final.

Blas Perez, one of the scorers of the night, thanked for the support given by thousands of Panamanians, and said the team has struggled to be in the final.(TVN)

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Panama Defeats Cuba And Stands Strong In The Gold Cup

Sports SectionAfter defeating Cuba on Saturday, the Panamanian team is now among the four best teams for the Gold Cup for the second time in a row and now the team has a new goal: make it to the finals.

The Panamanian team won against Cuba 6-1 in the quarterfinals after an aggressive game which made Cuba look really bad; by the end of the game they had 10 players in the field.

Gabriel Torres and Blas Perez scored two goals each, and Carlos Rodriguez and Jairo Jimenez scored one each, making history in favor of the Panamanian team.

"We won with six goals but we still need to improve certain things," said the coach Julio Dely Valdes, through a Tweet from the Panamanian Football Federation.

"The important thing was winning; the team worked hard and this means we feel good physically speaking," said Perez after the game, which took place at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

"We have to keep believing (in the team), and we have to enjoy the moment, but we haven’t won anything yet and we must continue working with great humility; I believe our team can make it to the finals,” said Perez.

Meanwhile, Gabriel Gomez said they are taking it step by step and they were expecting Cuba to be a difficult team and the important thing is that the team didn’t take them for granted.

"We knew these were going to be 90 intense minutes; Cuba took the lead at the beginning but we managed to succeed and we did it pretty well,” said Gomez.

Gabriel Torres, who has scored five goals in the Gold Cup, said he was very happy because the team worked well through the entire game against Cuba, despite they were losing at first.

“The team had a great attitude and we left victorious. I am happy because I am helping the team,” said Torres.

The Panamanian team had its best performance in the CONCACAF 2005, when they were led by the Colombian coach Jose Cheche Hernandez; however, they lost in the final round of penalties against the U.S.

Now with Julio Dely Valdes they have the chance to go to the finals once again, but they have to overcome an obstacle first, on July 24 in Dallas. (Prensa)

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Panamá Classifies As Leaders Of Group A In The Gold Cup

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The Panamanian national soccer team tied 0 - 0 with Canada and consolidated its lead in Group A of the Gold Cup, summing 7 points in total on their third game of the regular round, in a match held Today Sunday July 14th, in the Sports Authority Field stadium in Denver Colorado.

In the second half, Panama tried to score but the ball never passed through Mirlan Borjan's goal line, who had a really good performance in the game as the goalkeeper of the Canadian team.

Jairo Jimenez was one of the top performers of the Panamanian team, directed by Dely Valdes, by making a great shot that could have ended in a goal, but the canadian goalkeeper stopped it, leading into a corner kick.

The Panama soccer team managed to accomplish two historical events in this first round, it's first victory against Mexico and to rank as a leader for the first time in the Gold Cup.(Panama America)

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Panama Wins 1 - 0 Against Martinique

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This thursday, Panamanian striker Manuel Gabriel Torres scored a penalty kick in the second half to give the team a 1-0 win in the game against Martinique, this result led the team into the quarter-finals of the CONCACAF 2013 Gold Cup.

The goal was made in the 85th minute by Torres after a foul in the penalty area on the Panamanian striker Jairo Jimenez, this is his third goal in the tournament

The "Marea Roja" directed by strategist Julio Dely Valdes reached 6 points in Group A and assured the first ticket to the quarter-finals, leaving Martinique, Mexico and Canada in search of the second ticket.

With two goals made by Torres, the Panamanian team defeated 2-1 the defending champion Mexico in the beginning of the tournament at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California.(La Estrella)

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Panama shock Mexico on opening day of Gold Cup

Sports Section(Reuters) 'El Tri' entered the tournament with a young, domestic-based team and their lack of experience showed as Gabriel Torres scored twice for Panama, who completed a day of upsets after Martinique's shock 1-0 win over Canada in the opening match of the 12-team tournament.

Panama striker Torres put the underdogs ahead in the seventh minute at the Rose Bowl when he converted a penalty kick awarded after team mate Alberto Quintero was brought down in the box.

Mexico recovered to take control of proceedings and deservedly levelled the contest just before halftime when Marco Fabian settled a pass and finished.

Torres, though, put Panama back in front in the 48th minute after combining with Quintero and they held on to complete the win against Mexico and heap more pressure on coach Jose Manuel "Chepo" De La Torre.

The victory put Panama top of Group A along with Martinique, who marked their first Gold Cup appearance since 2003 with a dramatic 93rd minute winner to ditch past champions Canada 1-0.

Fabrice Reuperne was the matchwinner, the 37-year-old firing a left-footed blast from outside the box that found the upper right corner of the net and gave the Caribbean islanders, who are not FIFA members, a famous win.

Martinique next play Mexico while Panama take on Canada in Seattle on Thursday.

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Panama Defeats Mexico At The Gold Cup

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The Panamanian national team defeated Mexico 2 - 1 in the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California.

The first score of the game was made by the Panamanian player Gabriel Torres at minute 7 of the game, when a foul was made allowing a penalty kick for Panama.

However, at the ending of the first half, the Mexican player Marco Fabian scored the tying goal.

In the second half, Panama won the game when Torres scored his second goal. (TVN)

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Panama Is Getting Ready To Face Mexico Tonight At The Gold Cup

Sports SectionThe Panamanian team will have its debut this evening by playing against Mexico in the Gold Cup with the firm intention of doing a good job, especially defeating Mexico. The game will take place at the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California, and is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

"We are eager to get the three points, we know the Mexican team is a tough opponent, but nothing is impossible and we are going to try to play our game and try to make things right," said the striker, Cecilio Waterman.

The striker knows the Panamanian football team is not going through a good time in the Final Round, and they have to take this into account to try and start the tournament with the right foot.

"Mexico is doing kind of bad in the qualifying round, but we are not going to rely on that, we are going to focus on the Gold Cup and on this game, in doing things right and looking forward," he said. Meanwhile, Jairo Jimenez feels confident about beating the Mexican team and enhancing their position in the Gold Cup.

According to the International Federation of Association Football, Panama faced Mexico twice in the Gold Cup, with a balance of one victory for the Mexican team and one tie. The game tonight is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Rose Bowl in California. The Panamanian team had its higher position in 2005 for this match, after losing the final in the round of penalties against the United States. (Estrella)

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Panama is Defeated By Costa Rica And Their Chances Of Qualifying Are Now Complicated

Sports SectionRight when Panama seemed to have control on the field, Costa Rica took advantage of four minutes to score two goals and get the three points to go strong into the CONCACAF hexagonal round for the football World Cup in Brazil 2014.

This result does not take Panama’s team out of the competition of classifying for the World Cup, but it does complicate the situation because their results were mostly ties or defeats.

The Panamanian coach Julio Dely Valdes has not lost his faith and will not give up on trying to get to the third place.

After the game on Tuesday night, Dely Valdes said June was not a good month for the Panamanian team and they have to finish this chapter and work harder for the next game in September.

"It was a strange game, a little weird. In the first half we could have been able to score one goal, we were slightly better than Costa Rica, but we couldn’t," said Dely Valdes.

"In the second half, Costa Rica did everything we couldn’t do in the first half. We have to end this chapter and think about the future."

In the qualifying round of CONCACAF there were three games in June and Panama tied with no goals with Mexico, then lost against the U.S. and then against Costa Rica; Panama lost 2-0 in the last two games.

"We have to get over this fast and look forward to our next game: the World Cup and get back in track. Now we are forced to win at home,” he said.

Dely Valdes said Panama still has options because they are only two points away from being in third place.

"If we really want to achieve our goal of going to the World Cup we need to fix some things."

THE GAME

During the first half, Panama had good chances to score, but Panama was not able to do anything.

Luis Tejada and Roman Torres were very close to score, and in one occassion the ball stoke the post after Armando Cooper attempted to score a goal.

Costa Rica had its chance and was able to score two goals. One of them was scored at the 49th minute by Bryan Ruiz and the other one at the 53rd minute by Celso Borges.

These two goals changed the whole scenario and the Costa Rican players started dominating the field, despite the desire and motivation to win directed by the Panamanian coach Julio Dely Valdes.

By the end of the match the players were shoving each other due to some strong plays in the final minutes of the game.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Following the results from Tuesday, the United States (the U.S. beat Honduras 1-0) is dominating the qualifying round of the CONCACAF with 13 points, while Costa Rica has 11 points.

Mexico is in third place with 8 points, Honduras is in fourth place with 7 points, then Panama with 6 and Jamaica with 2.

The next game for Panama will be on September 6, here in Panama, against Jamaica. The team is eager to win in order to stay in the competition.

For this game, the national team will not count with Blas Perez and the defender Felipe Baloy, due to their suspension.

The qualifying round of CONCACAF gives three automatic places in the World Cup Brazil 2014, while the fourth place will go to a playoff against New Zealand, the best team in Oceania. (Prensa)

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