GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala – Suchitepequez’s first ever Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League campaign came to an abrupt end on Thursday night with a 5-2 loss to visiting FC Dallas.
The Guatemalan champion, which needed to win in order to finish first in Group H and capture a quarterfinal berth, raced out to a 2-0 lead, Dallas roared back for what turned out to be a comfortable victory.
Some of those conceded goals were the result of miscues that ultimately proved pivotal as a two-goal lead became a three-goal deficit. While pleased that the Venados were a win away from becoming the third Guatemalan side to reach the knockout, goalkeeper Manuel Sosa acknowledged his role in the loss.
“We did something important and we lived a dream that ended in the final minutes,” said Sosa, who had allowed only one shot to get past him in three previous SCCL outings. “We couldn’t manage the score. We committed some key errors.
“Today, I didn’t have the best match like I had been having, but like I always say, we are human beings and as footballers we are predisposed to committing errors. You have to keep your head up. We also did some very good things. We gave value and now we move forward in the domestic league.”
The 29-year-old believes that Suchitepequez, which currently sits eighth in the Guatemalan Apertura, can benefit from its SCCL journey.
“We showed in the first half (against FC Dallas) that we could play toe to toe,” he finished. “We showed that we have the capability. Sadly we couldn’t withstand the rhythm of play that we displayed in the first half. But this is an experience for one’s career and it’s a moment that serves to grow.”
Suchitepequez returns to action on Sunday at Coban Imperial.