Honduras Progreso’s Cruz laments SCL exit
Honduras Progreso head coach Wilmer Cruz (pictured) gives instruction during a 2017 Scotiabank CONCACAF League Round of 16, first-leg match against host Chorrillo FC on August 1, 2017, in Panama City.

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras – Honduras Progreso’s second-ever venture in CONCACAF competition ended Wednesday with a 1-0 loss to Chorrillo FC in the second leg of their 2017 Scotiabank CONCACAF League (SCL) Round of 16 series, which the Panamanian visitor captured, 2-0 on aggregate.

It was only a year earlier that Honduras was eliminated from the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League following a group stage that yielded two wins from four games, including a 2-1 victory over Mexico’s Pumas.

“The truth is that we were amply beaten in the two matches,” said Honduras Progreso head coach Wilmer Cruz.  “We did not have the necessary character or quality to face this commitment.  We came up short in the competition.”

For the host, it was another frustrating evening in front of goal.  The Honduran side created a slew of scoring chances that counted good looks from Bryan Johnson, Carlos Sanchez and Jorge Cardona in the second half, only to either be off target or denied by Chorrillo goalkeeper Miguel Vargas.

After two SCL outings and one in 2017 Honduran Apertura, Honduras is still seeking its first goal of the 2017/18 campaign.

“We’ve gone three games [without scoring],” Cruz remarked.  “This team has been a high-scoring team.  Sadly, when we needed the goals most, they did not come.  It’s worrying that it has been three matches without scoring.”

Still, Cruz was able to take away some positives, mainly the play of his defense.

“In defense we’re not bad,” he finished.  “In three matches, we’ve given up a goal a game.  We’re not a disaster but we’re committing many individual errors.  We must improve in all aspects.”