MIAMI, Florida - A year after appearing in the inaugural Scotiabank CONCACAF League, Portmore United of Jamaica are relishing the chance to take another crack at some of the best teams in the region.
Based on their third-place finish in the 2018 Caribbean Club Championship, Portmore United qualified for their second straight SCL in which they will face 2017 SCL finalist Santos de Guapiles.
Portmore United General Manager Clive Marshall says that he expects two difficult contests against the Costa Ricans.
"It's a tough one but it's not surprising," said Marshall in an exclusive interview with CONCACAF.com from the 2018 SCL Draw in Miami, Florida.
"We expect every team at this level to be tough, but we are trying to raise the bar back home in Jamaica so playing these games will help our teams. Anything at this level should be tough, but we are relishing the challenge and we'll be prepared for it," added Marshall.
This year's participation in the SCL marks the third time in 12 years that Portmore United has appeared in CONCACAF competition.
In last season's SCL, Portmore United fought valiantly but were eliminated 5-4 in penalties by Panama's Plaza Amador after a 1-1 draw on aggregate in the Round of 16.
The Jamaicans also featured in the CONCACAF Champions Cup, appearing in the 2006 edition when they were eliminated 7-3 by Club America of Mexico in the quarterfinals.
For Portmore United, it is always a pleasure to be back in a CONCACAF tournament.
"It's very exciting. This is what we've tried to do over the years, to raise the bar for players, to be on the international scene and this is a perfect opportunity for them," concluded Marshall.