Panama opened their 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup group stage with a 2-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday night at Allianz Field.
Michael Murillo started at right back for Panama and provided a good shift for his team with his defensive positioning and his ability in the final third as well.
Neither team had any clear cut chances in the first half, with possession being about equal between the two teams. Panama outshot Trindad and Tobago 9-2 but they were unable to take advantage of their chances.
Panama wouldn’t have to wait long to grab the lead as they scored 8 minutes into the second half. Gabriel Torres played in Armando Cooper and the midfielder was able to round the T&T goalkeeper Martin Phillip and tuck the ball into the net.
Panama continued to push for a second goal and former RBNY defender Fidel Escobar saw his attempt from distance saved well by Phillip.
Panama finally doubled their lead in the 68th minute through Edgar Barcenas. Phillip made two great saves on Torres initial shot and Barcenas’ follow-up, but the third attempt was powered home to give Panama a comfortable lead.
Panama will now face Guyana who were defeated 4-0 by the USMNT on Tuesday night. That match will take place in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday June 22 at 5:30pm.