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Unión Deportivo Universitario

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Club Deportivo Universitario
Full nameClub Deportivo Universitario
Nickname(s)La "U"
Universitarios
Founded1974 as Chorrillo FC
2018 as U.D. Universitario
GroundEstadio Universitario
Penonomé, Panama
Capacity1,000
ChairmanManuel E. Arias
ManagerJulio Medina III
LeagueLiga Panameña de Fútbol
2017 (A)Champions (4th after regular season)

Club Deportivo Universitario (formerly Chorrillo F.C.) is a Panamanian football team playing in the Liga Panameña de Fútbol, the highest level of football in Panama.

It is based in Penonomé, Coclé Province, and is the first panamanian team to play on a privately owned stadium facility.

History

Chorrillo FC was founded in 1974 to prevent youngsters from becoming involved in criminal activities.[1] They won promotion to the top fight for the first time in 2001 by beating Pan de Azúcar 2–1 in a promotion playoff. This was their second serious attempt at promotion, the first ending in a loss on penalties to Municipal de Colón.[2]

The club won its first title in Apertura 2011, beating Plaza Amador 4–1.[3] In May 2014 they won the 2014 Clausura title.[4] They won another title in Clausura 2014, and later in Apertura 2017, as well as twice finishing runners-up.

In 2018, financial problems forced Chorillo FC to merge with CD Centenario and Panama City's Universidad Latina, the new name agreed is Club Deportivo Universitario. Parts of the agreement included that the team will be relocated to Penonomé on the Province of Coclé from Panama City´s El Chorrillo neighborhood, a construction of the new stadium that would be completed on late March 2019 and relocate/lease CD Centenario team from Penonomé to Colón Province as New York FC/Centenario.

Crest

The El Chorrillo district was heavily bombard by the United States Army during Operation Just Cause. The club adopted the phoenix emblem to symbolize the district's recovery.[5]

Municipal Chorrillo's old crest
Municipal Chorrillo's old crest

Honours

2011 (A), 2014 (C), 2017 (A)
Runners-up (2): 2011 (C), 2009 (A)
2000–01
Runners-up (1): 1998

Players

Current squad

  • As of September 2021

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Panama PAN Juan Loaiza
2 DF Panama PAN José Matos
3 DF Colombia COL Damaso Pichón
4 DF Argentina ARG Santiago San Martín
5 MF Panama PAN Leonel Triana
6 DF Panama PAN Kevin Calderón
7 MF Panama PAN Nilson Espinoza
8 MF Colombia COL Daniel Santa
9 FW Panama PAN Abdel Aguilar
10 MF Panama PAN Jamel González
11 MF Panama PAN Carlos Zuñiga
12 GK Panama PAN José Guerra
13 FW Panama PAN Everardo Rose
14 MF Panama PAN Jean Montenegro
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 MF Panama PAN Lilio Mena
18 FW Panama PAN Eduardo Aparicio
21 DF Panama PAN Osvaldo Valencia
22 DF Panama PAN Sergio Ramírez
24 MF Panama PAN Carlos Gutiérrez
26 FW Panama PAN Ernesto Sinclair
27 DF Panama PAN Iván Anderson
29 DF Panama PAN Román Torres
30 FW Panama PAN Fernando Gordón
32 MF Panama PAN Marlon Navas
37 FW Panama PAN Jorge Méndez
70 GK Panama PAN Ariel De la Cruz
99 FW Panama PAN Joseph Cox
- DF Panama PAN Jesús Gil

Notable players

Historical list of coaches

References

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