|OFFICIAL NAME||Deportivo Arabe Unido (Panama)|
|HEAD COACH||Sergio Guzman|
|QUALIFICATION METHOD||2016 Apertura champion, champion with 2nd best aggregate record in 2016/17 season|
|BEST FINISH||first-ever CONCACAF League appearance|
|PREVIOUS APPEARANCES||first-ever CONCACAF League appearance|
The most successful Panamanian team in Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (SCCL) history, Arabe Unido is appearing in the first-ever Scotiabank CONCACAF League by virtue of being the Panamanian champion with the second best aggregate record in the 2016/17 season.
The Expreso Azul was one of the top stories to emerge from the 2016/17 SCCL, advancing to the quarterfinals, before falling to FC Dallas (agg: 2-5). Along the way, it defeated three-time champion Monterrey twice during the group stage (3-2 away, 2-1 home).
Arabe Unido has played in five SCCL editions (2009/10, 2010/11, 2013/14, 2015/16, 2016/17), compiling a record of 15W-2D-15L (45GF, 48GA). No Panamanian side has played more SCCL matches (32), registered more victories or scored more goals.
Arabe Unido has won 15 Panamanian league titles (1994/95 LINFUNA, 1995/96 LINFUNA, 1998–99, 2001 Apertura, 2001 Clausura, 2002 Apertura, 2004 Apertura, 2004 Clausura, 2008 Clausura, 2009 Apertura, 2010 Clausura, 2012 Apertura, 2015 Clausura, 2015 Apertura, 2016 Apertura).
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Jose Gonzalez, Midfielder: the 26-year-old was a revelation for Arabe Unido in the 2016/17, scoring a team-high five goals and adding one assist … eight career SCCL goals (all with Arabe Unido) … scored in both 2016/17 SCCL wins over Monterrey
Enrico Small, Forward: scored a goal in 2-0 win over Plaza Amador in 2016 Panamanian Apertura final … one goal in 13 all-time Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League games (goal was scored in 79th minute of 3-0 away win v Montego Bay United on August 5, 2015 … top scorer in 2016 Panamanian Apertura (16 goals) … played in two games for Panama in 2017 Copa Centroamericana
Roberto Chen, Defender: the 23-year-old appeared in three games for Panama in 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup … played every minute of Panama’s six games in 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, including 0-1 loss to USA in final … competed in two editions of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (2011/12 for San Francisco, 2016/17 for Arabe Unido) … one career SCCL goal (1 in 2-1 home win v FC Dallas on March 1, 2017) … also played for Malaga, Linense (both Spain); Zuite-Waregem (Belgium) and Rionegro Aguilas (Colombia)