The Closing Tournament 2019 of the Panamanian Football League (LPF) will start tomorrow, Friday, without grief or glory, with five games scheduled and two of them closed on penalties to the clubs.
The start of the tournament will be in Colón, the Panamanian Atlantic area, with the match between Árabe Unido and Tauro FC, the defending professional soccer champion of the Central American country.
Precisely this opening match will be behind closed doors, for sanction to the Árabe Unido for the use of flares in the second match of the semifinals of the Apertura 2018.
The bullfighting squad led by Uruguayan Saúl Maldonado for this tournament has considerable casualties like that of his goalscorer Edwin Aguilar, who plays for the Colombian Real Cartagena, and Jesús González, who now wears the colors of Equidad de Colombia.
On the side of the Árabe of the Colombian José Pérez, will also have casualties like that of midfielder Abdiel Macea, who plays now in El Salvador and the Dominican goalkeeper Miguel Lloyd, who now makes career in soccer in his country.
One hour after the start of the first game, at 21:00 local time (02:00 GMT on Saturday), Club Atlético Independiente (CAI), which this year will be led by the Venezuelan Francisco Perlo, will face San Francisco , that also has a new technician, Colombian Gonzalo Soto.
The first date of the championship follows next Saturday with two more matches.
Plaza Amador of the Colombian Javier "El Químico" Álvarez will go against the Santa Gema of the Panamanian Mario Anthony "Chalate" Torres.
The Santa Gema arrives at the tournament with problems of non-payment to its players, but still his coach says they are ready to face the tournament, while Álvarez's “placinos” always come out as one of the favorites to fight for the title.
Alianza FC of the Venezuelan Alberto "Nino" Valencia will be the first examiner in the tournament of the Club Universitario de Panamá of the Argentine strategist Gustavo Onaindia.
The clash between “aliancistas” and “universitarios” will be behind closed doors, due to a sanction imposed on the Alianza, by a tumultuous row on the 18th date of the 2018 Apertura tournament.
The closing of the first day will be with the match between Sporting San Miguelito, of the Colombian Jair Palacios, one of the clubs that fight in this tournament for the non-decline; and Costa del Este, whose coach will be this semester Costa Rican Carlos Pérez Porras, after the departure of the Venezuelan Ángel Sánchez.