Monterrey players (pictured) celebrate after scoring against visiting Arabe Unido in a Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League match on August 17, 2016, in Monterrey, Mexico. (Photo: Mexsport)
MONTERREY – Monterrey may be out of contention for a berth in the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals and sit 11th in the 2016 Liga MX Apertura, but goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez is calling for the team to remain united.
The Rayados have included numerous young players on the roster for their last SCCL encounter on Wednesday against visiting Don Bosco. Although the game means essentially nothing in the standings to either team, it could help get the four-time Mexican champion get back on track and salve the wounds of Saturday’s 3-1 loss at Atlas.
"This is binding, we must support each other,” said Dominguez at a press conference Tuesday. “This is a group in which we must all point to the same objective, as we are doing."
Despite having an outstanding 14W-2D-2D home record in SCCL play, a 3-2 loss to visiting Arabe Unido on August 17 at the Estadio BBVA Bancomer severely dented Monterrey’s hopes of a fourth title. A 2-1 setback in a trip to Panamanian power earlier this month validated those initial fears.
Regardless, Dominguez says that the squad is ready to get on with business and complete its participation in the competition on a positive note.
"The team is not going through a great time,” the Ecuador international finished. “We are aware of what is happening here in the institution. I think that we shouldn’t be regretful, but focus on the work ahead and try to reverse this situation.
“The important thing is that we are trying to ascend at this time, putting the team where it should be and hopefully tomorrow that all these criticisms will be left aside and we are focusing on what we know how to do.”
With a win or draw against the Haitians, Monterrey will avoid its first three-match SCCL losing streak.