• Tuesday Feb 18, 2014

    Central America Recap: February 18, 2014

    Action from the Salvadoran Clausura match between host Isidro Metapan (blue) and Atletico Marte on February 15, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Isidro Metapan)

    Arabe Unido and Alianza flipped places at the top of the table in Panama, while FAS maintained its lead in El Salvador with a draw at Aguila.  CONCACAF.com reviews all the action across the Central American region. 

    PANAMA

    Arabe Unido (12 points) equaled its goal total for the season in a 4-2 win at Alianza (10 points) on Saturday.  The victory lifted the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinalist over Alianza from second to first in the standings.  Goals by Yoel Barcenas (7’) and Humberto Ward (14’) thrust Arabe into an early 2-0 lead, but the Pericos roared back to level through Miguel Vasquez (44’) and Byron Oyaga (52’).  Barcenas completed his brace in the 57th minute, while Enrico Small netted an insurance tally at the end of normal time. 

    Other matches:  Sporting San Miguelito 2-2 Independiente, Tauro 1-1 Chepo, Plaza Amador 1-0 Rio Abajo, San Francisco 0-0 Chorrillo

     

    EL SALVADOR

    Despite seeing its four-game winning streak end, FAS (13 points) remained unbeaten and in first place after a 0-0 draw with Aguila on Saturday.  The Tigres hold a three-point advantage over Isidro Metapan and Luis Angel Firpo, neither of which won over the weekend.

    Metapan suffered its first defeat of the Clausura season, falling 3-1 to visiting Atletico Marte.  Jose Perez scored twice in a winning effort, while Nicolas Muñoz netted the Jaguares’ lone goal.

    Firpo fell behind 2-0 to Alianza, before Medardo Guevara halved the deficit in the 71st minute and Moises Xavier Garcia equalized with an 88th minutes penalty kick.

    Other matches:  UES 0-3 Dragon, Santa Tecla 2-2 Juventud Independiente

      

    GUATEMALA

    Through seven rounds, Universidad de San Carlos (15 points) maintained a three-point lead over Comunicaciones (12 points) as both sides contested matches that ended in draws over the weekend.

    Carlos Felix increased his goal haul to a league-best 10 after scoring twice in Universidad’s 2-2 draw at Mictlan (11 points).  Both of the Mexican’s tallies came in the second half after the table toppers fell behind 2-0 within the opening 31 minutes.

    In a rematch of the 2013 Apertura final, Comunicaciones and Heredia ended in a goalless draw.

    Carlos Ruiz did not make his debut with Municipal (9 points), which drew 1-1 with Marquense (10 points).

    Other matches:  Malacateco 2-0 Iztapa, Coatepeque 1-1 Xelaju, Halcones 1-0 Suchitpequez

      

    COSTA RICA

    With the eighth round in the books, Herediano (17 points) returned to the Verano summit on the strength of its 3-1 win at Perez Zeledon (5 points), plus a scoreless draw between Alajuelense (16 points) and Cartagines (12 points) in an encounter that was completed on Monday.

    Herediano came back from a 1-0 deficit to score three unanswered goals.  Oscar Esteban Granados (40’), Yendrick Ruiz (42’) and Yosimar Arias (70’) all netted in a winning effort. 

    Other matches:  Saprissa 4-0 Santos de Guapiles, UCR 4-1 Puntarenas, Limon 3-0 Belen Siglo XXI, Carmelita 2-1 Uruguay

     

    HONDURAS

    Real Sociedad and Olimpia are now tied for the lead in Honduras on 16 points each following eight rounds in the Clausura. 

    Real’s five-game winning streak came to an end with a 3-0 loss at home to Marathon, which posted only its second victory of the season.

    Olimpia picked up an important points thanks to a 77th minute equalizer from Pablo Vázquez in a 1-1 draw with Victoria.

    Other matches:  Vida 0-1 Motagua, Deportes Savio 0-0 Platense, Real España 3-3 Parrillas Uno

     

    NICARAGUA

    After the weekend opened with four teams in a tie for first place, Real Esteli and Walter Ferreti (16 points each) now occupy the top spot thanks to ninth-round wins. 

    Esteli got two goals from Juan Barrera and defeated visiting Deportivo Ocotal, 2-0. 

    Walter Ferreti topped host Chinandega 3-0 for its largest victory this season. 

    Other matches:  Real Madriz 1-3 San Marcos, Jalapa 0-0 Managua, Juventus Managua 1-2 Diriangen

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