Suchitepequez midfielder Amaury Escoto (right) has scored one goal during the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League. (Photo: Mexsport)
FRISCO, Texas – By playing host FC Dallas (1W-2D-0L, 5 points) to a scoreless draw on Wednesday, Suchitepequez (1-2-0, 5) became the first Guatemalan side to earn an away point in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League against an opponent from the United States.
The result sets up a “winner-take-all” scenario on October 20, when the rivals meet again to decide which one will earn the Group H berth to the quarterfinals.
Midfielder Amaury Escoto, who joined the Suchitepequez in June from Mexico’s Queretaro, credits teamwork for the historic performance.
“The team played well,” the 23-year-old told CONCACAF.com. “We played a good game. We came for a little more, but it is a very worthy point. The team ran the whole match. We were looking for points.
“In the end, the result was achieved thanks to the effort of the entire team.”
The 2016 Guatemalan Clausura champion kept the MLS table topper off the scoreboard despite allowing 26 shots.
Escoto is hoping that the Venados will have an edge in the return match by virtue of playing at home.
“You have to analyze the opposing team better,” he finished. “We are going to be at home and we are going to try to play our game. We want the home-field advantage to count and get the result to reach the next round.”
Guatemalan clubs have reached the quarterfinals twice in the previous nine SCCL editions: Comunicaciones (2009/10) and Xelaju (2012/13).