Real Esteli (pictured) gathers for a team photo prior to its 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League opener at FC Dallas. (Photo: Mexsport)
FRISCO, Texas – Captain Samuel Wilson expressed a desire to keep the ship steady after his Real Esteli side fell narrowly, 2-1, at FC Dallas in the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League opener for both on August 4.
With the second Group H match at debutant Suchitepequez on Thursday, he knows securing a win is vital.
“The team already has a lot of experience in this tournament,” said Wilson in exclusive interview with CONCACAF.com. “Getting points, even away, is important. Now we visit Guatemala’s Suchitepequez. We hope to get the three points there to then face the two matches that we still have at home in the best possible way.”
Even though Esteli is winless in 17 all-time SCCL matches, Wilson enjoys competing in the tournament regularly.
“It is a very important tournament, all of the clubs in Nicaragua aspire to play this type of tournament,” the 33-year-old forward commented. “I think it is the maximum level at which we can show. We are always trying to do things well and we trust in God that we can still improve and we are going to try to do things better,” said Wilson.
As for the FC Dallas match, Wilson regretted a momentary slip-up cost Real Esteli what would have been the third draw in its SCCL history, emphasizing that there is still plenty left to play in the group.
“We knew that we could do things well,” he finished. “Sadly a lapse in the final minutes cost us the match. But this is just barely starting. We still have three matches ahead and we know that we can improve.”