Aguila maintains SCL hope
Action from the Scotiabank CONCACAF League game between host Aguila (orange jersey) and Arabe Unido on August 16, 2017, in San Salvador, El Salvador. (Photo: Salvador Melendez)

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – Despite a 2-0 loss to Arabe Unido in the opener of its 2017 Scotiabank CONCACAF League quarterfinal, Aguila believes a comeback is possible.

“It is a question of football and we know that we can rise up and reverse the situation,” said goalkeeper Benji Villalobos.

Aguila’s first-half performance offered proof that -- if not for the heroics of Arabe goalkeeper Miguel Lloyd -- the Salvadoran side could have produced some goals.

New Aguila head coach Osvaldo Escudero observed things like gave him reason for optimism.

“We know that if we can put together a match like we did in the first half, we are going to have many chances of winning and being protagonists,” the Argentinean said.  “It gives me hope to continue working.”

Midfielder Victor Garcia acknowledged that the difference came down to a pair of errors in the second half that led to Arabe Unido goals.

“I think that in the first half we did well,” remarked the 22-year-old.  “In the second half, we lowered our rhythm and we had a lot of untimely errors.  That is going to be improving little by little, but the team is trying to play better each time, which is important.”

Aguila will visit the Expreso Azul for the second leg on Wednesday at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City, Panama.