PANAMA CITY, Panama – Chorrillo FC will have the honor of hosting the first-ever Scotiabank CONCACAF League (SCL) game, when it welcomes Honduras Progreso to the Estadio Rommel Fernandez on Tuesday night.
Head coach Richard Parra led Arabe Unido to the 2009/10 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (SCCL) quarterfinals and is excited to return to the international stage.
"Very happy after being in the Champions League,” said Parra, who was handed the Fiebre Amarilla reins in June. “I know it's a very important tournament. I know how good it is to play it. Hopefully, we can overcome this phase in order to continue in this party.”
Chorrillo competed in two SCCL editions (2012/13, 2014/15), winning only once in 10 games – a 1-0 upset of Mexican power Cruz Azul on August 19, 2014.
In the SCL, it will face a Honduras Progreso side that earned two wins in its only SCCL appearance last year (2-1 home win v Pumas, 1-0 home win v DirecTV W Connection).
Parra acknowledged that he knows little about the opponent, adding: "I know it was reinforced. It's a well-equipped team technically, with a coach (Wilmer Cruz) who likes well-played football.”
Chorrillo finished sixth in the 2017 Panamanian Clausura and has kicked off the 2017 Apertura with a 1W-1D-1L record after three games.
With a squad that contains forwards Alfredo Stephens (team-best two Apertura goals) and Ricauter Barsallo (one career SCCL goal), as well as veteran defender Leonel Parris, Parra believes the roster is well equipped for SCL success.
"We have an experienced group,” he finished. “We reinforced ourselves with two Colombians (defenders Elkin Mosquera and Guillermo Sierra), who have played professionally and we have Panamanian players with much experience. Some have been called up to national team camps.”