PANAMA CITY, Panama – Arabe Unido is confident it can mount a comeback in its 2018 Scotiabank Concacaf League semifinal versus Herediano of Costa Rica.
The Panamanian side fell 2-0 in the semifinal first leg in Costa Rica, but an opportunity awaits to make history and reach a first ever Concacaf final on Thursday night at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City.
However, four key absences will make things difficult for the Expreso Azul.
A right leg injury will keep starting FW Blas Perez out of action, while starting DF Chin Hormechea will also miss Thursday’s clash with a right knee injury.
A left leg injury has ruled out DF Gabriel Brown and an accumulation of yellow cards has resulted in the suspension of MF Luis Pereira.
Still, things are looking up for the Canalero club.
After a rough start to the Panamanian Apertura, Arabe Unido snapped an eight-match winless streak with a 1-0 win over Alianza on Sunday.
Taking everything into account, new Head Coach Jose Ricardo Perez believes that with some strong finishing, Arabe Unido can earn the result it needs to advance.
“I think the team looks good, it’s a two-goal difference but we hope to be on target and efficient with our finishes,” said Perez in his pre-match press conference on Wednesday.
Arabe Unido is unbeaten in its last three home matches (2W-1D).