KINGSTON, Jamaica -- With a 1-0 win over visiting Plaza Amador in the opener of their 2017 Scotiabank CONCACAF League Round of 16 series last week, Portmore United has no plans on taking its foot off the gas pedal.
If the Jamaican power wants to book a quarterfinal place, it has to avoid a road defeat Wednesday at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City.
"We still have a job to do in Panama,” said Portmore forward Jermie Lynch, who scored the game-winner on August 1. “A one goal lead is one of the most dangerous leads in football. It can be gone just like that. What we need to do is stay solid defensively and convert more of our chances. If we can do that, we will be in the quarterfinals of this competition."
Shavar Thomas – captain of Jamaica’s CONCACAF Gold Cup squad in 2011 -- replaced Linval Dixon as head coach just days ahead of the initial Plaza Amador encounter, but now faces the challenge of preparing a team for international travel.
"Central America has always been a bogey time for Jamaican clubs,” the 36-year-old commented. “I feel in order to avoid defeat we must stay physically strong. We can’t sit too deep and we must use set pieces well. When we play deep, we invite space for our opposition to work with, so we need to stay resolute. I feel we have the squad to do so. I just feel we need to convert more of our chances."