Blas Pérez

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Blas Pérez
Blas Pérez FC Dallas.jpg
Pérez playing for FC Dallas in 2012
Personal information
Full name Blas Antonio Miguel Pérez Ortega
Date of birth (1981-03-13) 13 March 1981 (age 36)
Place of birth Panama City, Panama
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Blooming
Number TBD
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 Panamá Viejo 56 (37)
2001–2002 Árabe Unido 36 (10)
2002 Nacional 2 (0)
2003 Envigado 29 (6)
2004 Centauros 37 (29)
2005–2006 Deportivo Cali 54 (20)
2006–2007 Cúcuta Deportivo 33 (15)
2007–2008 Hércules 16 (4)
2008–2012 UANL 31 (8)
2009 Pachuca (loan) 15 (8)
2009 Al Wasl (loan) 8 (4)
2010 San Luis (loan) 16 (5)
2010–2011 León (loan) 30 (19)
2011 Indios (loan) 12 (3)
2012–2015 FC Dallas 103 (37)
2016 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 22 (2)
2017 Árabe Unido 2 (2)
2017–2018 Blooming 10 (4)
National team
2001– Panama 113 (42)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 April 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 June 2017

Blas Antonio Miguel Pérez Ortega (born 13 March 1981) is a Panamanian footballer who currently plays for Club Social y Deportivo Municipal in the Liga Nacional de Fútbol de Guatemala. He is nicknamed Super Ratón. He is a distant cousin to midfielder Miguel Guante.

Club career[edit]

Pérez began his career in his native Panama with Panamá Viejo. He made his debut with the club in 1998 and went on to score 27 goals in 56 matches. In 2001, he joined Árabe Unido and continued his goal scoring form. In 2002, he joined top Uruguayan side Nacional. The following season, he left for Colombia signing with Envigado, scoring a goal on his debut against Independiente Medellin in the process.[1] After one season at the club he joined Centauros and went on to score 29 goals in 37 matches, catching the attention of one of Colombia's top clubs Deportivo Cali. For the 2005 season he signed with Cali[2] and remained at the club for two years in which he continued with his goal scoring form. In 2006 Perez joined Cúcuta. With Cúcuta, Perez won the Copa Mustang in 2006 against Deportes Tolima. In 2007 Cúcuta and Blas Perez made their debut in Copa Libertadores, in which Blas scored 8 goals, including two against Argentina's Boca Juniors. The 8 goals were the second most in the tournament.

On 29 May 2007 Spanish Segunda División team Hércules CF signed Super Ratón on a 4-year contract in which they acquired 50% of the players rights.[3] It was valued at US$2.7 million, with Blas Perez earning 60 thousand dollars per month. Perez enjoyed a brief stay in Spain in which he scored 4 goals in 16 matches.

On 18 January 2008 he signed with UANL Tigres, his 7th club in his career and first in Mexico.[4] He played for Pachuca for the 2009 Clausura in a loan deal after Miguel Sabah's transfer to Pachuca did not work out.[5] He enjoyed a fine season with Pachuca scoring 8 goals in 15 matches.

After his impressive display in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Al Wasl FC of Dubai was able to secure Blas Pérez services to play in the UAE League[6] based on Al Wasl's new coach Alexandre Guimarães recommendation. He stayed there only for the first half of the 2009–10 season before moving back to Mexico to play for San Luis.[7] After having played 17 games in the Torneo Bicentenario and 2 in the 2010 edition of the Copa Libertadores and having scored 5 goals in both tournaments, he was released at the end of the season.[8] He was later signed by Club León from the Liga de Ascenso in the 2010 edition of the Mexican draft.[9] he rediscovered his goal scoring form with Club León with 19 goals in 28 matches. For the second half of the 2011 season he was again sent on loan this time to Indios. For the 2012 Major League Soccer season, he signed with FC Dallas.[10] On 2 December 2015, it was announced that FC Dallas would not be renewing Perez's contract.

On 16 February 2016, Perez was traded to Vancouver Whitecaps FC for Mauro Rosales.[11] At the conclusion of the 2016 season Perez's contract was not renewed. On 31 January 2017, Pérez signed with Panamanian club, C.D. Árabe Unido.[citation needed]

International career[edit]

Pérez made his debut for Panama in a March 2001 friendly match against El Salvador and has, as of June 6, 2016, earned a total of 106 caps, scoring 41 goals.[12] He is Panama's third all-time record cap behind Gabriel Gómez and Jaime Penedo and second all-time leading goalscorer after Luis Tejada. He represented his country in 22 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[13] and played for Panama at the 2007 Gold Cup,[14] in which they were eliminated in the quarterfinals by the U.S. He ended up as Panama's top scorer, with three goals and one assist. Blas Perez was also named in the 2007 Gold Cup "Best XI". He also played at the 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 Gold Cups and Copa América Centenario.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Panama's goal tally first.[15]

Assault attempt[edit]

On 23 July 2009, two cars chased Perez' car early at the morning while he was travelling along the La Chorrera highway.[clarification needed] The assaulting cars intercepted his Nissan 350z when one of them collided with it forcing it to stop. Perez managed to escape from the attackers and sustained no injuries but his car was heavily damaged.[16]

Personal[edit]

Pérez holds a U.S. green card which qualifies him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.[11] Blas Perez, although an adult, is a tremendous fan of teletubbies.

Honours and awards[edit]

Club[edit]

Deportivo Cali
Cúcuta Deportivo

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pérez anotó un gol en su debut con el Envigado - Panamá América (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Blas Pérez jugará en Colombia con el Cali - Panamá América (in Spanish)
  3. ^ "Blas: A Panamanian trailblazer". FIFA.com. 2 August 2007. 
  4. ^ Blas Pérez es Tigre Archived 21 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Miguel Sabah ya no irá a Pachuca, Blas Pérez es el bueno
  6. ^ "Blas Pérez Moves to AlWasl". Tanto Futbol (in Spanish). 17 July 2009. 
  7. ^ Llega Blas Pérez al San Luis - ESPN (in Spanish)
  8. ^ Blas Pérez fue dado de baja por el San Luis Archived 16 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Blas Pérez y Juan Roldán, nuevos jugadores esmeraldas Archived 28 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ Blas Pérez jugará con el FC Dallas - Mediotiempo (in Spanish)
  11. ^ a b "Whitecaps FC acquire striker Blas Pérez from FC Dallas". Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Retrieved 19 February 2016. 
  12. ^ Blas Antonio Miguel Pérez - International Goals Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine. - RSSSF
  13. ^ Blas PérezFIFA competition record
  14. ^ CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2007 - Full Details Archived 24 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine. - RSSSF
  15. ^ Roberto Mamrud. "Blas Antonio Miguel Pérez - International Goals". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 3 March 2016. 
  16. ^ "Perez targeted in robbery attacks". Panama Star. 24 July 2009. Archived from the original on 25 July 2009. 

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