After SCL advancement, Arabe Unido seeks improvement
Action from the Scotiabank CONCACAF League quarterfinal, second leg between host Arabe Unido (blue jersey) and Aguila on August 23, 2017, in Panama City, Panama. (Photo: Israel Zapateiro)

PANAMA CITY, PanamaFor the first time in four tries, Arabe Unido has reached the semifinals of a CONCACAF club competition, yet it knows the hard work is just starting.

On Wednesday, the Expreso Azul fell 1-0 to visiting Aguila in the second leg of their 2017 Scotiabank CONCACAF League quarterfinal, but it managed to progress on the strength of 2-0 win in the opener.

Head coach Sergio Guzman knows, however, that if his side is to overcome Costa Rica’s Santos de Guapiles in the semifinals, mistakes must be corrected.  Aguila’s goal came as a result of neat give-and-go that created defensive imbalance in the box, ultimately allowing Javier Lezcano to head home in the 10th minute.

“We are going to analyze things slowly,” he said.  “We will analyze more of our things to correct.”

The loss to Aguila came as a surprise, especially since the Salvadoran club was struggling in domestic play and had made a recent coaching change.

Defender Daniel Ortiz echoed the sentiments of his coach, acknowledging that the performance was not up to Arabe Unido’s usual high standards.

“This is not our way of playing,” remarked the 22-year-old.  “We want to ask for forgiveness from the fans for the way the match went.  Things did not go like we wanted, but we were able to withstand the result and move forward.”