Puerto Rico FC's CONCACAF Champions League dream might be over before it really got started. The NASL club lost the second game of its 2017 Caribbean Football Club Championship Group Stage, falling 1-0 to Jamaica's Portmore United.
Downed by a late goal, PRFC now needs a lot of help if it is to get through the final round of the tournament and stay on course to qualify for the 2017-18 CCL. First, it will need Suriname's SV Transvaal to beat Portmore, and then it will need to beat Scholars International by sufficient number of goals to clinch the group on goal difference - and if Transvaal beats Portmore, that will mean PRFC needs to win by a minimum of four goals.
It's a long shot. The Portmore side that beat PRFC was stacked with players who have flirted with the Jamaica national team in the past, including a few who may yet be involved with the Reggae Boyz in future. An experienced squad that wants the opportunity to showcase its skills in CCL every bit as much as PRFC, Portmore is not expected to stumble against Transvaal. Puerto Rico FC might be out of the CFU Club Championship - and the running for a CCL berth - before it even kicks off its final Group Stage game on March 18.