Fidel Escobar

Fidel Escobar Mendieta (born 9 January 1995) is a Panamanian footballer who plays as a central defender for Spanish club AD Alcorcón and the Panama national football team.

Fidel Escobar
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Escobar lining up for Panama at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Fidel Escobar Mendieta
Date of birth (1995-01-09) 9 January 1995 (age 26)
Place of birth Panama City, Panama
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Position(s) Centre back
Club information
Current team
Alcorcón
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 San Francisco 16 (1)
2014–2020 San Miguelito 65 (6)
2016–2017Sporting B (loan) 14 (0)
2017–2018New York Red Bulls (loan) 12 (0)
2017–2018New York Red Bulls II (loan) 6 (1)
2019Correcaminos UAT (loan) 0 (0)
2019–2020Córdoba (loan) 20 (0)
2020– Alcorcón 1 (0)
National team
2015 Panama U20 7 (3)
2015– Panama 42 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 January 2021
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:59, 4 November 2019 (UTC)

Club careerEdit

San FranciscoEdit

Born in Panama City, Escobar graduated from San Francisco's youth setup, and made his senior debut during the 2012–13 campaign, aged only 18. During the next season he established himself as a first team regular making 14 starts and scoring one goal. On 26 October 2013, Escobar scored his first goal for Los Monjes in a 2–0 victory over Chorrillo.[2]

Sporting San MiguelitoEdit

After impressing with San Francisco, Escobar was signed by Sporting San Miguelito for the 2014 Clausura season. He made 14 appearances scoring one goal in his first season at the club. On 16 March 2014, Escobar scored his first goal with San Miguelito in a 2–2 draw with Alianza.[3] In his two and a half seasons with the club Escobar made 65 league appearances scoring six goals.

Sporting B (loan)Edit

As a result of his impressive play with his club and at the Under-20 World Cup Escobar received the attention of European clubs. During July 2016, Escobar was sent on loan with an option to buy to Sporting Clube de Portugal's reserve side Sporting B.[4] Escobar made his debut for Sporting B on 6 August 2016 playing the entire match in a 1–2 loss to Portimonense S.C..[5] In January 2017, Escobar attempted to terminate his contract with Sporting in search of other opportunities and was threatened with legal action by the Portuguese side.[6] Escobar eventually apologized to the club and was reinstated for the second half of the season. He made his return to the side on 15 April 2017, starting in a 2–0 victory over União da Madeira.[7]

New York Red Bulls (loan)Edit

On 27 July 2017 it was announced that Escobar was joining New York Red Bulls on an 18-month loan.[8] For his play on 10 March 2018, in which he helped lead New York to a 4–0 victory over Portland Timbers in the team's first league match of the season, Escobar was named to the Starting XI for Major League Soccer's Team of the Week.[9]

Escobar was loaned to affiliate side New York Red Bulls II of the United Soccer League for the match against Tampa Bay Rowdies on 14 April 2018. He opened the scoring for New York in the 5–0 victory.[10]

Escobar's loan was not extended by the Red Bulls at the end of their 2018 season.[11]

Córdoba (loan)Edit

On 10 July 2019, after a six-month spell at Correcaminos UAT, Escobar joined Spanish Segunda División B side Córdoba CF on loan for one year.[12]

AlcorcónEdit

On 28 July 2020, Escobar agreed to a three-year contract with AD Alcorcón in Segunda División.[13]

International careerEdit

Escobar played at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.[14] He made his debut in the competition on 30 May 2015 scoring an 84th-minute equalizer in a 2–2 draw against heavily favored side Argentina.[15]

Escobar made his senior debut for Panama in a February 2015 friendly match against the United States.

In May 2018 he was named in Panama’s preliminary 35 man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, and played all three matches in an eventual group-stage exit.[16]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 28 October 2018[17]
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
San Francisco 2012–13 Liga Panameña de Fútbol 2 0 2 0
2013–14 14 1 14 1
Total 16 1 16 1
San Miguelito 2013–14 Liga Panameña de Fútbol 14 1 14 1
2014–15 25 2 25 2
2015–16 26 3 26 3
Total 65 6 65 6
Sporting B (loan) 2016-17 LigaPro 14 0 14 0
New York Red Bulls (loan) 2017 Major League Soccer 6 0 1 0 7 0
2018 6 0 0 0 6 0
Total 12 0 1 0 0 0 13 0
New York Red Bulls II (loan) 2017 United Soccer League 1 0 1 0
2018 5 1 5 1
Total 6 1 6 1
Career total 113 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 114 8

InternationalEdit

As of 18 July 2018[18]
Panama
Year Apps Goals
2015 2 0
2016 7 1
2017 10 0
2018 6 0
Total 25 1

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Panama's goal tally first.[19]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 11 November 2016 Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras   Honduras 1–0 1–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

New York Red Bulls

InternationalEdit

Panama U20

Runners-up

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup: List of players" (PDF). FIFA. 8 July 2018. p. 20.
  2. ^ "Chepo y San Francisco creen en las semifinales". lpf.com.pa (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Chorrillo es líder tras 11 jornadas completas". lpf.com.pa (in Spanish). Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Sporting: Fidel Escobar está a caminho de Lisboa". maisfutebol.iol.pt (in Portuguese). Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  5. ^ "SPORTING B-PORTIMONENSE, 1-2: PIRES BISA NA REVIRAVOLTA ALGARVIA". record.pt (in Portuguese). Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Sporting: Fidel no quiere volver a Lisboa". futbolcentroamerica.com (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 6 September 2017. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  7. ^ "SPORTING B-UNIÃO DA MADEIRA, 2-0: LEÕES REGRESSAM ÀS VITÓRIAS". record.pt (in Portuguese). Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  8. ^ "New York Red Bulls Add Panama International Fidel Escobar on Loan". newyorkredbulls.com. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Fidel Escobar in Starting XI for Team of the Week presented by Audi". newyorkredbulls.com. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Red Bulls II Romp Past Rowdies". uslsoccer.com. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  11. ^ "New York Red Bulls Announce End of Season Roster Updates". NewYorkRedBulls.com.
  12. ^ "Fidel Escobar, tercer fichaje del Córdoba CF" [Fidel Escobar, third signing of Córdoba CF] (in Spanish). Córdoba CF. 10 July 2019. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  13. ^ "Fidel Escobar, primer fichaje de la A.D. Alcorcón 2020–2021" [Fidel Escobar, first signing of A.D. Alcorcón 2020–2021] (in Spanish). AD Alcorcón. 28 July 2020. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  14. ^ Fidel EscobarFIFA competition record
  15. ^ "Argentina empató con Panamá en el debut del Mundial Sub-20". lanacion.com.ar (in Spanish). Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  16. ^ "Revealed: Every World Cup 2018 squad - Final 23-man lists | Goal.com". Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  17. ^ Fidel Escobar at Soccerway. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  18. ^ "Fidel Escobar". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  19. ^ "F. Escobar". Soccerway. Retrieved 18 July 2018.

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