Blas Pérez scored two goals Monday, including an 87th-minute winner, to give Panama a 2-1 victory over Bolivia in a Copa América Centenario Group D opener at rainy Orlando, Fla.
The 35-year-old Pérez, who plays for M.L.S.’s Vancouver Whitecaps, opened the scoring in the 11th minute before Bolivia’s Juan Arce evened the game in the 54th minute.
Panama started the game with real urgency. Gabriel Torres followed his fiercely hit shot in the third minute with a dipping free kick from 30 yards out, and Bolivia goalkeeper Carlos Lampe did well to tip it over the net. Pérez then swung a beautiful cross-field pass into the path of Armando Cooper, but Cooper’s volley was high and wide.
COLOMBIA STAR SIDELINED Colombia’s captain, James Rodríguez, will miss Tuesday’s match against Paraguay because of a shoulder injury, the Colombian soccer federation said.
Rodríguez, who fell awkwardly…