Posted on August 22, 2012
SANDY, Utah — After playing on road, Tauro FC coach Gonzalo Soto can’t wait to get Real Salt Lake and Herediano in its home ground in Panama City in the CONCACAF Champions League.
“I think both these teams, Real Salt Lake and C.S. Herediano, are going to face a challenge in Panama, because at home we’re strong,” Soto said after his team’s 2-0 defeat at Rio Tinto Stadium on Tuesday night. “We know how to play the ball and I think they will be good games. I’m not anxious because in soccer sometimes you win and sometimes you lose, today wasn’t our day.”
Tauro will host Herediano (Costa Rica) on Aug. 30 and RSL on Sept. 18
“In Panama we can overcome this, with both Salt Lake and Herediano,” Soto said. “These three teams are competing to go on, all three have played well, and in the end the team that plays the best soccer, the one that proposes better soccer, is going to be victorious.”
Soto said he did not expect to change much for those two home matches.
“We’ll maintain the same,” he said. “I think we’ve been doing a good job since we’ve started this season. Panama is entering a stage where we are changing the image of soccer. It’s a type of soccer that is played well, treated well, and we’re not going to change much.
No one had to remind Soto how or why his team lost on Tuesday night.
“We tried to play a good game, but we had individual mistakes that cost us goals,” he said. “When you’re down 2-0 it’s difficult to overcome a team like Salt Lake, especially with strong players like Alvaro Saborio and Paulo Jr. I think we had some moments where we dominated Salt Lake, and that’s important for us.”
Categories: Central America, Champions League, Costa Rica, Panama, U.S.A.