SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – While CD FAS may boast a 2-1 advantage in its 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF League Round of 16 tie versus Perez Zeledon of Costa Rica, the El Salvador club knows that a tough test awaits in Tuesday night’s second leg.
“Because of the result from the first leg we know that it is going to be a match of great intensity,” said FAS GK Matias Coloca to reporters on Monday during the Tigrillos’ trip to Alajuela, Costa Rica, the site of Tuesday’s second leg.
Like so many away encounters in CONCACAF play, a strong mindset will be the key to FAS achieving a result that earns a spot in the SCL quarterfinals.
“They have to attack. We have to be smart and play with a lot of skill so that we can finish the offensive chances and score that away goal that would make it easier for us,” said Coloca.
Adding to the difficulty of FAS’s journey is the recent history of Salvadoran clubs on Costa Rican soil.
In the last three meetings in Costa Rica between clubs from the two countries, the Tico clubs have outscored the Salvadoran sides 13-0, all coming in Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League play.
Herediano downed Isidro Metapan 4-0 in the 2014/15 SCCL and then registered a 3-0 win when the two sides met a year later in the 2015/16 SCCL. That was followed by Saprissa’s 6-0 victory over Dragon in the 2016/17 SCCL.
Nevertheless, there is a sense that this FAS side is poised to change things in this season’s SCL.
“You have to play with craft. We have two possible results and even a third, but that third one is a defeat, which is a bit more complicated because we have to score two goals at their home. And in a place like Costa Rica it is perhaps not that easy,” concluded Coloca.