EL PROGRESO, Honduras – Honduras Progreso wanted to launch the 2017/18 campaign differently, but it is undeterred heading into Wednesday’s Scotiabank CONCACAF League (SCL) Round of 16, second-leg against Chorrillo FC.
On Sunday, in its Apertura curtain raiser, Honduras fell 1-0 to visiting Olimpia. A fourth-minute header by Ever Alvarado was enough to lift the Leones to victory, while Carlos Sanchez’s bid to equalize from the penalty spot in the 76th minute crashed off the right post.
The defeat was preceded by a 1-0 loss at Chorrillo in the inaugural SCL match on August 1.
Despite the setbacks, the message being emitted from Honduras Progreso camp is a positive one.
“Today I am calmer than ever,” head coach Wilmer Cruz said after the loss to Olimpia. “I am sure that this situation will turn around and we’ll start on Wednesday.”
Cruz confirmed that goalkeeper Woodrow West will return to the starting line-up after being replaced by Javier Delgado over the weekend. The Belize international was the first-choice custodian against Chorrillo, making a tremendous save on an Oscar Villarreal volley in the 19th minute.
Wednesday’s meeting take place at the Estadio Francisco Morazan in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, rather than at the Estadio Humberto Micheletti, Honduras’ usual home in El Progreso.