Portmore United (pictured) celebrates after scoring against Racing FC in a Caribbean Club Championship match on May 16, 2017, in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. (Photo: CA-Images)
PORTMORE, Jamaica – Thanks to a third-place finish in the 2017 Caribbean Club Championship, Portmore United earned the right to become the first team from Jamaica to compete in the Scotiabank CONCACAF League.
On Wednesday night, it was drawn to face Panama’s Plaza Amador in a Round of 16 matchup.
Although the series won’t kick-off until August, head coach Linval Dixon is already in the planning process, looking forward to bigger things possibly.
“This summer is massive for us,” he told CONCACAF.com. “We are eyeing a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League. We went unbeaten in the CFU Club Championship and we want to keep that unbeaten run continuing in the region.
“It will be a challenge as our local league would not start back until September, but we will call the players in earlier for preseason training and I am confident we will be able to deliver the good and represent Jamaica and [Caribbean] proudly.”
Portmore captain Ewan Grandison, a Jamaica international, views participation in the inaugural edition of a new competition as an exciting proposition.
“To compete, play and challenge against the best teams in the region is a wonderful opportunity, he commented. “The CONCACAF League is a tournament which can truly unite the club as players will be exposed to scouts from all across the globe.
“In addition, performing well can help players get into contention for the national team, so we are looking at this tournament as one where we can win. We are aiming for a long run and we have the quality and the players to get the job done.”
Portmore United last played in a CONCACAF tournament in 2006, falling to Mexico’s Club America in the quarterfinals of the Champions Cup.