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 Forward
Club information
Current team
Municipal
Number 7
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 Blooming 10 (4)
2017– Municipal 21 (5)
National team
2001– Panama 113 (43)
* 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 plays as a forward for Guatemalan club Municipal and the Panama national team.

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.[11]

On 16 February 2016, Perez was traded to Vancouver Whitecaps FC for Mauro Rosales.[12] 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.[13] 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[14] and played for Panama at the 2007 Gold Cup,[15] 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.[16]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 24 April 2001 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City  Haiti
1–0
2–0
Friendly
2. 6 September 2006 Estadio Mateo Flores, Guatemala City  Guatemala
2–0
2–1
3. 8 June 2007 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford  Honduras
2–1
3–2
2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup
4. 10 June 2007  Cuba
2–1
2–2
5. 16 June 2007 Gillette Stadium, Foxborough  United States
1–2
1–2
6. 31 March 2009 Estadio Agustín Sánchez, La Chorrera  Haiti
2–0
4–0
Friendly
7.
3–0
8.
4–0
9. 7 June 2009 National Stadium, Kingston  Jamaica
1–0
2–3
10. 9 July 2009 Reliant Stadium, Houston  Mexico
1–1
1–1
2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup
11. 12 July 2009 University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale  Nicaragua
1–0
4–0
12. 18 July 2009 Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia  United States
1–0
1–2
2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup
13. 3 March 2010 Estadio José Pachencho Romero, Maracaibo  Venezuela
2–0
2–1
Friendly
14. 11 August 2010 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City  Venezuela
2–1
3–1
15. 8 October 2010  El Salvador
1–0
1–0
16. 21 January 2011  Costa Rica
1–1
1–1
2011 Copa Centroamericana
17. 7 June 2011 Ford Field, Detroit  Guadeloupe
1–0
3–2
2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup
18. 6 September 2011 Estadio Nacional de Fútbol, Managua  Nicaragua
2–1
2–1
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
19. 7 October 2011 Windsor Park, Roseau  Dominica
3–0
5–0
20. 11 October 2011 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City  Nicaragua
1–0
5–1
21.
2–0
22.
5–0
23. 11 November 2011  Costa Rica
1–0
2–0
Friendly
24. 15 November 2011  Dominica
3–0
3–0
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
25. 1 June 2012  Jamaica
1–0
2–1
Friendly
26. 8 June 2012 Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula  Honduras
1–0
2–0
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
27.
2–0
28. 11 September 2012 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City  Canada
2–0
2–0
29. 13 January 2013  Guatemala
2–0
2–0
Friendly
30. 25 January 2013 Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José  Guatemala
1–0
3–1
2013 Copa Centroamericana
31. 26 March 2013 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City  Honduras
2–0
2–0
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
32. 20 July 2013 Georgia Dome, Atlanta  Cuba
4–1
6–1
2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
33.
6–1
34. 24 July 2013 Cowboys Stadium, Arlington  Mexico
1–0
2–1
35. 7 September 2014 Cotton Bowl, Dallas  Costa Rica
1–0
2–2
2014 Copa Centroamericana
36. 10 September 2014 BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston  Nicaragua
1–0
2–0
37. 31 March 2015 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City  Costa Rica
1–0
2–1
Friendly
38. 13 July 2015 Sporting Park, Kansas City  United States
1–0
1–1
2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup
39. 8 January 2016 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City  Cuba
4–0
4–0
Copa América Centenario qualification
40. 6 June 2016 Camping World Stadium, Orlando  Bolivia
1–0
2–1
Copa América Centenario
41.
2–1
42. 13 June 2017 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City  Honduras
1–1
2–2
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
43. 10 October 2017 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City  Costa Rica
1–1
1–1
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

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.[17]

Personal[edit]

Pérez holds a U.S. green card which qualifies him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.[12]

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. ^ "Panama forward Blas Pérez writes farewell message to FC Dallas fans". MLS. 2 December 2015. Retrieved 2 January 2018. 
  12. ^ a b "Whitecaps FC acquire striker Blas Pérez from FC Dallas". Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Retrieved 19 February 2016. 
  13. ^ Blas Antonio Miguel Pérez - International Goals Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine. - RSSSF
  14. ^ Blas PérezFIFA competition record
  15. ^ CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2007 - Full Details Archived 24 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine. - RSSSF
  16. ^ Roberto Mamrud. "Blas Antonio Miguel Pérez - International Goals". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 3 March 2016. 
  17. ^ "Perez targeted in robbery attacks". Panama Star. 24 July 2009. Archived from the original on 25 July 2009. 

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