Action from the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal match between visiting Arabe Unido (blue jersey) and FC Dallas on February 22, 2017, in Frisco, Texas, USA. (Photo: Mexsport)
PANAMA CITY, Panama – Arabe Unido’s 4-0 loss at FC Dallas last week in the opener of their 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series is not dampening the spirit of head coach Sergio Guzman.
Although no team has overcome a deficit of more than two goals after a quarterfinal, first-leg setback, the Colombian – a former Arabe player – believes that his team has plenty to give.
“We are aware and we are going to go out with fight and with everything that we have shown on the field of play,” said Guzman. “We will try to take the ball to our opponent, with a lot of possession, having what has always been our essence…good play, knowing that we have in front of us a team with a lot of protagonists like FC Dallas.”
One of the main worries for Guzman has been the play of his defense. In the game prior to the SCCL setback in Texas, the Expreso Azul dropped a 5-3 decision to Tauro FC in the Panamanian Clausura.
The last week has been spent on tightening up the back line, knowing if FC Dallas scores even one goal, any dreams of a historic rally will most likely be dashed.
“There has been inattentiveness, there have been bad movements and the opposing teams have known how to capitalize,” finished Guzman. They are situations that we are working on daily.”
Arabe Unido has never scored in five all-time SCCL quarterfinal games, posting a 0W-1D-4L record.