Aníbal Godoy

Anibal Casis Godoy Lemus (Spanish: [aˈniβal ɣoˈðoi]; born 10 February 1990) is a Panamanian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Nashville SC and the Panama national team.

Aníbal Godoy
Godoy playing for Panama at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Anibal Casis Godoy Lemus[1]
Date of birth (1990-02-10) 10 February 1990
Place of birth Panama City, Panama
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Nashville SC
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2013 Chepo 113 (10)
2012Godoy Cruz (loan) 0 (0)
2013–2015 Honvéd 24 (1)
2015–2019 San Jose Earthquakes 101 (5)
2020– Nashville SC 0 (0)
National team
2007–2008 Panama U-20 14 (1)
2010 Panama U-21 2 (1)
2010– Panama 100 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 October 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 June 2019

Club career

Godoy started his career at Chepo and moved abroad in November 2011 to join Godoy Cruz on loan to play alongside compatriot Armando Cooper after being voted Player of the Year in Panama.[2] After returning to Chepo he moved to Europe in August 2013 when he signed for Hungarian side Honvéd Budapest.[3] He made his debut for them on 1 September 2013 against Kaposvár Rákóczi.

San Jose Earthquakes

Godoy signed for MLS side San Jose Earthquakes on 6 August 2015.[4] On 30 November 2017, he signed a new, multi-year contract with the club.[5] He took on the role of vice-captain during the 2018 season.

Nashville SC

On 7 August 2019, it was announced that at the conclusion of the 2019 season, Godoy would move to Nashville SC ahead of their inaugural MLS season in 2020. San Jose would receive $650,000 of General Allocation Money in return.[6]

International career

With the Panama Under-20 team he participated in the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada.

Godoy made his senior debut for Panama in a March 2010 friendly match against Venezuela[2] and has, as of 10 June 2015, earned a total of 49 caps, scoring 1 goal.[7] He represented his country in 14 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[8] and played at the 2011[9] and 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cups.[10]

Godoy represented Panama in all four of its 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup matches, comprising three group stage matches and one quarterfinal. He tallied one assist and was named to the Best XI of the group stages,[11] but ultimately scored an own goal in Panama's quarterfinal match against Costa Rica and club teammate Marco Ureña, resulting in the end of the tournament for Panama and Costa Rica's advancement to the semifinals.[12]

During the lead-up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Godoy was called up to the squad for friendlies against Denmark and Switzerland on 22 and 27 March, respectively, along with San Jose teammate Harold Cummings.[13] In May 2018 he was named in Panama's preliminary 35 man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[14]

Career statistics


Updated to games played as of 14 April 2018.

Club Season League Cup League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2007 30000030
2008 2010000201
2009 2530000253
2010 1100000110
2010–11 3150000315
2012–13 2010000201
2013–14 30000030
2013–14 60100070
2014–15 903020140
San Jose
2015 1020000102
2016 2310000231
2017 2621[lower-alpha 1]01[lower-alpha 2]0262
2018 50000050
Career Total 19215503019815
  1. Appearances in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
  2. Appearances in the MLS Cup Playoffs

International goals

Scores and results list Panama's goal tally first.
114 November 2014Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador El Salvador0–21–3Friendly

Personal life

As of 27 February 2018, Godoy holds a U.S. green card, qualifying him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.[15]


  1. "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – List of Players" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  2. Aníbal Godoy: “Siempre fue un sueño para mi” Archived 29 September 2018 at the Wayback Machine – PanamaFutbol (in Spanish)
  3. Panameño Godoy firma para el Honved – CONCACAF (in Spanish)
  4. "San Jose Earthquakes sign 25-year-old Panamanian international Anibal Godoy from Hungarian club". MLS. 5 August 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  5. "Quakes re-sign midfielder Anibal Godoy". San Jose Earthquakes. 30 November 2017. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  6. "NEWS: Earthquakes Trade Anibal Godoy to Nashville SC". San Jose Earthquakes. 7 August 2019. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  7. Panama - Record International Players Archived 17 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine – RSSSF
  8. Aníbal GodoyFIFA competition record
  9. CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2011 - Full Details – RSSSF
  10. CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2013 - Full Details – RSSSF
  11. Arch Bell (18 July 2017). "Canadian teenage sensation Davies leads Gold Cup group stage Best XI". ESPNFC. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  12. "Godoy's own goal gives Costa Rica 1-0 win over Panama". FOX Sports. 20 July 2017. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  13. "FEPAFUT on Twitter".
  14. "Revealed: Every World Cup 2018 squad - Final 23-man lists -".
  15. "NEWS: Two Earthquakes Players Obtain Green Cards, No Longer Occupy International Spots". San Jose Earthquakes. 27 February 2018. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
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