At 35, Blas Antonio Pérez Ortega added his name to the history of Panamanian football as the author of the first goal for Panama in a Copa America. And that was not all. He scored another goal that gave his team the victory over Bolivia.
The current Vancouver Whitecaps (Major League Soccer in the United States) striker scored at the 11 minute mark in the debut of the Panamanians against Bolivia on Monday.
Perez began his career in 1997 playing for Panama Viejo Futbol Club in his country. he would then go on to play for Arabe Unido and then in Colombia for various clubs. After a stint with Nacional in Uruguay, Perez played for Hercules in Spain.
Later Perez would play for several teams in Mexico before coming to America.
Perez is together with Luis Tejada, the top scorer of the Panamanian selection with 41 goals.
The Panamanian striker is remembered in South America after his performance in the Copa Libertadores de America in 2007 playing for Colombian club Cucuta, where he was the top scorer of the most important club tournament in America.
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