However, after losing 1-0, he admits his team will have to be more aggressive in the deciding game tomorrow night. Not only are they one goal down with 90 minutes to go, but they cannot benefit from the tie-breaker of road goals.
Here's some of what Portillo had to say (through an interpreter) after Game 1:
Will your tactics have to change?"Definitely. That will be the absolute focus of our team. We’ll have to change the tactics. We have, I suppose, to score two goals. And that always comes with more risks, but that’s the only game. We’ll have to run the risks, but we don’t have any other alternative. We’ll have to expose ourselves in our country to gain the result and keep breathing in the tournament."
What is the impact of CONCACAF moving the game from Metapan to San Salvador?"That surprised me. The last game we played in our city, in our place, on our turf. This time CONCACAF did not approve our stadium. It has to be said that our stadium is indeed small. But for one reason or another CONCACAF didn’t approve the stadium because of the infrastructure. We’re going to play in the stadium in the capital, and that might even give a better show. But maybe that reduces our advantage ... and makes it a little bit neutral.
"We are from the municipality, not the capital. It will take a trip of two hours and a half for people to go. Couple that with a week day, so people have to work and maybe not be able to go. I don’t want to create false expectations. We have to be realistic. I imagine 3,000 people from the capital and maybe a few more from our municipality."