New York Red Bulls defenders Michael Amir Murillo and Fidel Escobar have been called to the Panama national team for their friendlies in Japan and South Korea. The players will travel to training in Asia on October 7th, after the Red Bulls and San Jose Earthquakes match on October 6th.
GlobeBull: Murillo, Escobar are Asia-bound for Panama Friendlies
— FEPAFUT (@fepafut) September 25, 2018
Murrillo, possibly the best right back in MLS, has been an excellent complement to Kemar Lawrence on the other side of the defense. Both are fast, physical and can get forward very well. Murillo has 37 appearances for the Red Bulls the last two seasons, scoring three goals. His lone goal in 2018 was against the Montreal Impact in a 3-1 back in April. He has also earned a spot on the CONCACAF Champions League Best XI earlier this year. For the national team, Murillo has 24 caps and two goals.
Escobar has struggled to find first team minutes with RBNY, but has been a regular the last few years with Panama. His 18-month loan from Sporting San Miguelito is set to expire at the end of this season and RBNY have not made an announcement if they plan to keep Escobar longer. He has 26 caps with the national team and scored his lone goal against Honduras in 2016 during a World Cup qualifying match.
The Red Bulls will face the Earthquakes on October 6th before Murillo and Escobar join their national team in Asia. Coincidentally, Panama will also be sending San Jose midfielder Aníbal Godoy and defender Harold Cummings to camp. For club(s) and for country. Panama will play Japan on October 12th and South Korea on October 16th.
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