Armando Cooper

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Armando Cooper
Personal information
Full name Armando Enrique Cooper Whitaker
Date of birth (1987-11-26) November 26, 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Colón, Panama
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Toronto FC
Number 31
Youth career
2005 Árabe Unido
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2011 Árabe Unido 141 (26)
2011–2015 Godoy Cruz 26 (3)
2013–2014 Oțelul Galați (loan) 21 (3)
2015 FC St. Pauli 7 (0)
2015–2016 Árabe Unido 18 (3)
2016 Toronto FC (loan) 6 (0)
2017– Toronto FC 5 (0)
National team
2006–2007 Panama U-20 14 (3)
2008 Panama U-23 5 (1)
2006– Panama 82 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of April 8, 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of February 4, 2017

Armando Enrique Cooper Whitaker (born November 26, 1987) is a Panamanian football midfielder, who currently plays for Toronto FC.

Club career[edit]

Cooper began his career in the youth ranks of Panama's Árabe Unido. In 2006, he debuted for the professional side, and went on to help the team to achieve various domestic titles in the Liga Panameña de Fútbol. During January 2011 it was reported that Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls were interested in signing Cooper.[1] However, the transfer did not go through.

In July 2011, he signed with Godoy Cruz of the Argentine First Division.

In February 2015, Cooper joined 2. Bundesliga side FC St. Pauli,[2] only to return to Árabe Unido in September 2015 after playing a mere 125 minutes for the German club.[3]

Cooper was loaned to Major League Soccer side Toronto FC on 18 August 2016.[4] He scored his first goal with Toronto FC on November 30 as Toronto FC beat Montreal Impact 7–5 on aggregate to advance to the 2016 MLS Cup Final.[5]

After the 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs, Cooper signed full-time with Toronto FC.

International career[edit]

Cooper was part of the Panama U-20 squad that participated in the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup held in Canada.[6]

He made his debut with the full national team on October 7, 2006 against the national team of El Salvador. On January 16, 2011, he scored his first goal for Panama in a 2–0 victory over Nicaragua in a 2011 Copa Centroamericana match played at Estadio Rommel Fernández in Panama City.[7]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Panama's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 16 January 2011 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  Nicaragua 1–0 2–0 2011 Copa Centroamericana
2 18 January 2011 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  El Salvador 2–0 2–0 2011 Copa Centroamericana
3 10 August 2011 Estadio Ramón Tahuichi Aguilera, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia  Bolivia 3–1 3–1 Friendly match
4 13 November 2015 Independence Park, Kingston, Jamaica  Jamaica 1–0 2–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
5 8 January 2016 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  Cuba 1–0 4–0 Copa América Centenario qualifying play-offs
6 22 January 2017 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  Costa Rica 1–0 1–0 2017 Copa Centroamericana


Arabe Unido

Toronto FC:

2016: Eastern Conference Championship

2016: MLS Cup Runner Up


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