Club: Arabe Unido
Head Coach: Sergio Guzman
Qualification: 2015 Panamanian Apertura champion
SCCL Appearances: 5 (2009/10, 2010/11, 2013/14, 2015/1, 2016/17)
All-Time SCCL Record: GP-30; W-14; D-2; L-14; GF-43; GA-43
Best SCCL Finish: Quarterfinals (2009/10, 2013/14)
The most successful Panamanian team in Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League history, Arabe Unido is making its fifth appearance in the competition after capturing the 2015 Panamanian Apertura title, its 12th domestic crown. No Panamanian side has played more SCCL matches (30) or has more victories (14). Founded in 1994, this is the third time Arabe Unido has advanced to the quarterfinals. The Expreso Azul fell to Cruz Azul (agg: 4-0) in 2009/10 and to Alajuelense (agg: 2-0) in 2013/14.
Group Stage Summary
Arabe Unido joined the Vancouver Whitecaps as the only two sides to navigate through the SCCL group stage with an unblemished 4W-0D-0L record. Jose Gonzalez led the team in scoring with five goals, becoming the only player in the current competition to net in all four of his team’s games. The Expreso Azul scored two or more goals in each encounter, while positing only one clean sheet in a 2-0 win over visiting Don Bosco in the last game.
Midfielder Jose Gonzalez was a revelation for Arabe Unido, completing the group stage as joint-top scorer with Hirving Lozano (Pachuca) and Cristian Techera (Vancouver Whitecaps) on five goals each. In addition to finding the back of the net in all four games, he also assisted on Joseph Cox’s goal against visiting Monterrey on September 14.
Jose Gonzalez (5); Edgar Yoel Barcenas, Joseph Cox, Amilcar Henriquez (2); Fidel Caesar (1)
Edgar Yoel Barcenas (3); Gabriel Chiari, Joseph Cox, Jose Gonzalez, Daniel Ortiz (1)