Roberto Chen

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Roberto Chen
Roberto chen en su presentacion al malaga CF..jpg
Chen with Málaga in 2013
Personal information
Full name Roberto Leandro Chen Rodríguez
Date of birth (1994-05-24) 24 May 1994 (age 23)
Place of birth Isla Colón, Panama
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Árabe Unido
Number 12
Youth career
San Francisco
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2013 San Francisco 13 (1)
2013–2016 Málaga 2 (0)
2014 Zulte Waregem (loan) 2 (0)
2015–2016 Linense (loan) 3 (0)
2016 San Francisco 7 (0)
2016 Rionegro Águilas 5 (0)
2017– Árabe Unido 3 (1)
National team
2010–2011 Panama U17 11 (0)
2010–2013 Panama U20 9 (1)
2015– Panama U23 3 (0)
2011– Panama 16 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 February 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2015

Roberto Leandro Chen Rodríguez (born 24 May 1994) is a Panamanian footballer who plays as a central defender for Árabe Unido.[1] He is also capable of playing on the right side and is good with the ball at his feet.[2]

Club career[edit]

Born in Isla Colón, Bocas del Toro, with Chinese heritage, Chen graduated from San Francisco's youth setup, and made his senior debuts in the 2010–11 campaign, aged only 17.

On 3 August 2013 Chen signed a three-year deal with La Liga side Málaga for a $500,000 fee.[3][4] He made his debut for the Andalusians on the 17th, starting and being booked in a 0–1 loss at Valencia.[5] He played his second match only on 26 October, starting in a 0–5 home loss against Celta de Vigo.

On 17 January 2014, Chen was loaned to Belgian Pro League side Zulte Waregem until the end of the season.[6] He only appeared sparingly, and returned to Málaga in June.

On 22 August 2015 Chen was loaned to Segunda División B side Real Balompédica Linense, for a year.[7]

On July 27, 2016, Chen signed a one-year contract with Categoria Primera A side Rionegro Águilas. He debuted in a 3-2 home loss against Atlético Bucaramanga.

International career[edit]

After appearing with the Panama national under-17 and under-20 teams, Chen played his first match with the main squad on 3 September 2011, replacing Luis Moreno on the 56th of a 0–2 home loss against Paraguay.[8] He was also named in the 23-man final squad for 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, appearing in all matches as Panama finished second.

On 10 September 2013 Chen scored his first international goal, netting the last of a 2–2 draw against Honduras.[9]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Panama's goal tally first.
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 10 September 2013 Estadio Tiburcio Carias Andino, Tegucigalpa, Honduras  Honduras 2–2 2–2 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification


  1. ^ "Roberto Chen". Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Rosanno, Nicholas. "Three for Thursday: Which Gold Cup stars would make waves in MLS?". Retrieved 19 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Roberto Chen joins Málaga CF". Málaga's official website. 3 August 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Roberto Chen ya está en Málaga" [Roberto Chen already is in Málaga] (in Spanish). La Opinión de Málaga. 3 August 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Al Málaga se le escapa de las manos" [It slips through Málaga's hands] (in Spanish). Marca. 17 August 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Roberto Chen jugará cedido en el SV Zulte Waregem hasta final de temporada" [Roberto Chen will play on loan in SV Zulte Waregem until the end of the season] (in Spanish). Málaga's official website. 17 January 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Roberto Chen to be loaned out to Balompédica Linense". Málaga's official website. 22 August 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015. 
  8. ^ "¡Atención Perú!: Paraguay le ganó sin problemas a Panamá en amistoso" [Attention Peru!: Paraguay defeated Panama without problems in friendly] (in Spanish). Libero. 3 September 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Late Chen goal lifts Panama to draw with Honduras". CONCACAF. 11 September 2013. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 

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