SANTA ANA, El Salvador - There is something very consoling about having CD FAS of El Salvador back on the CONCACAF stage.
The Tigres are truly one of the most decorated clubs in the history of the CONCACAF region, having claimed the 1979 CONCACAF Champions Cup and 17 domestic titles.
As generations have come and gone, FAS has remained a player on the CONCACAF stage.
The club amassed an impressive 10 appearances in the CONCACAF Champions Cup before participating in three editions of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (2010/11, 2012/13, 2014/15).
Now FAS will embrace a new challenge in CONCACAF play with their first ever appearance in the Scotiabank CONCACAF League.
Led by Head Coach Cristian Alvarez, FAS qualified for the 2018 SCL on the strength of their semifinal finish in the 2017 Apertura, with an overall record of 8W-14D-4L, 33GF, 24GC.
While FW Luis Perea provides the punch in attack - the Peruvian scored 15 goals in 20 games during the 2018 Clausura - it is Alvarez's defense that perhaps most warrants the respect of opponents.
It all starts in goal with Matias Coloca, who was named the best goalkeeper of the 2017 Apertura with just 14 goals conceded in 17 matches.
With a proven goalscorer up top and a steady hand in goal, FAS' 2018 SCL campaign has all the makings of evoking images of the club's glorious CONCACAF past and creating new memories for the future.