Panama Destroys Martinique 3-0 at 2017 Gold Culp

Cleveland, Ohio – First Energy Stadium in Cleveland saw a ton of action tonight as the 2017 Gold Cup arrived in town, bringing in four soccer crazed nations with it!  It was Panama facing Martinque in Game One of the Double Header.  Panama dominated from start to finish to capture the 3-0 victory.

Martinque came into the contest with 1 win, 1 loss and 0 draws in 2017 Gold Cup Play.  Panama also entered with 1 win, but had 0 losses and 1 draw.

This win gives 7 total points for Panama in Gold Cup Play thus far as they advance to the knockout round.  While Martinque will go home winless in the tournament.

Panama scored early and often this afternoon.  Their first goal coming in the 44th minute when Defender Michael Murillo connected with the back of the net following a perfectly placed pass from midfielder Miguel Camargo.

It was a scrappy first half with yellow cards handed out to Karl Vitulin and Antoine Jean Baptiste of Martinque.  Despite the rough and tough play, it did not lead to any goals for them as Panama held the 1-0 lead at the half.

Panama ended all doubt early in the second half when Abdiel Arroyo scored to make it 2-0.  A short while later in the 67th minute, it was Gabriel Torres putting the capper on the 3-0 win.

Martinque could not score, but did tack on 3 more yellow cards in the second half from Johan Audel, Steeven Langil and Yann Thimon.

Panama head coach Hernan Gomez had this to say in the press conference after the game.  Questions asked by Vince McKee and recorded by Eli Mooneyham below.

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Vince McKee

Vince McKee is a growing force in the sports literary world. He has written seven books on Cleveland Sports. They have all helped to build his credibility as a top-notch chronicler of the impact of Ohio sports. Vince has done freelance work as the MMA correspondent for InscriberMag: Digital Magazine as well as a Beat Reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer & The Medina Gazette. His work has been featured on Drennan Live, SLAM Magazine, The Magic 105.7 Morning show, ESPN radio and over 25 local papers, tv stations and radio programs. Despite his personal connection with Bill Belichick, one of the worst moments of Vince’s young life was watching his beloved Browns leave town only weeks after the Indians lost the World Series in 1995. Vince is a life long Cleveland sports fan and enjoys spending lots of time with his wife Emily and daughter Maggie.

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