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Bulls Abroad: Fidel Escobar and Michel Amir Murillo play full 90 in Panama loss to Ecuador

Busy international break for RBNY’s Panamanians.

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Ecuador spoiled Panama’s end-of-year party with a 2-1 win over Los Canaleros in Panama City on November 20.

The match might have gone differently for Panama if a solid first-half penalty appeal had not been ignored. The teams went into half-time goalless, but Ecuador’s Jhon Jairo Cifuente broke the deadlock in the 57th minute with a sensational long-range strike. Harold Cummings equalized in the 84th minute, but Los Canaleros’ comeback was upstaged by Enner Valencia, who weaved through the Panama back-line to score in the 88th minute.

New York Red Bulls’ Michael Amir Murillo and Fidel Escobar started the match and played the full 90 minutes - as they had done for Panama in the team’s preceding friendly against Honduras on November 16.

The game-time for Panama can be considered a positive for Escobar, who has struggled to get minutes for RBNY while continuing to get regular appearances for his national team. Murillo is a regular starter for the Red Bulls and can look forward to another two-games-in-five-days stretch: he will be expected to start both legs of RBNY’s 2018 MLS Eastern Conference Final against Atlanta United.