PANAMA CITY, Panama – If there were any doubts about Tauro’s attacking prowess ahead of the 2018 Panamanian Apertura and 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF League, they have been emphatically answered.
The Panamanian club emerged as winners of the three-team Copa Confraternidad preseason tournament in Costa Rica on July 15 thanks in part to a 3-1 triumph in just 45 minutes of play against Costa Rican giants Deportivo Saprissa.
New Tauro FW Armando Polo opened the scoring before being joined on the scoresheet by Rigoberto Nino and Adalberto Carrasquilla.
Polo would once again come up by converting the winning penalty in a shootout with Universidad de Costa Rica after the two teams had played to a 0-0 draw in another 45-minute encounter.
The contests also marked the debuts of summer signings DF Alexander Amut and FW Juan Andres Balanta.
Balanta, in particular, has impressed up front for the Canalero club. In a July 12 friendly with Costa Rican side Cartagines the former Deportivo Cali man scored via a free kick.
Balanta would then find the back of the net again two days later in a friendly with a local Under-20 team that finished 6-0 in favor of Tauro. Enrico Small and Jose Munoz each had braces, while Jesus Gonzalez scored on top of Balanta’s goal.
Tauro open the 2018 Apertura on July 27 versus San Francisco before kicking off its SCL campaign at home on August 2 against Real Espana of Honduras. The two sides will then meet in the second leg in San Pedro Sula on August 9.