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Report: Roberto Chen joining Sounders FC after Gold Cup

Club President at San Francisco of Panama states that the loan deal is done.

Roberto Chen (left) played in Seattle with Panama during the Gold Cup
Roberto Chen (left) played in Seattle with Panama during the Gold Cup

Young defender Roberto Chen is helping Panama to a strong CONCACAF Gold Cup performance right now (2-0-1), but according to his club president with San Francisco he will be with the Seattle Sounders when national team duty is done. Chen was training with Seattle prior to leaving for the regional cup competition. He would reportedly be coming on a one year loan.

Just 19 now, he is already with the Panamanian senior team, has played CONCACAF Champions League ball against the Sounders and helped his nation to two shutouts in Gold Cup play so far. His history is one of great promise with a 2011 injury hampering his growth curve. It is hard to say what Chen's best role is. In Gold Cup play he has played center back twice and right back once. He also has experience as a left back and left mid.

Panama's next Gold Cup match is against Cuba and then they likely see Mexico in a rematch. That game is at Cowboy Stadium and would be a huge test for the upstart side that already beat Mexico once. Their next World Cup Qualifier is in September when they face Jamaica and then Honduras. Currently they sit in 5th in the Hex.

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