Action from the Costa Rican Verano match between host Herediano (yellow) and UCR on February 22, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Herediano)
Universidad de San Carlos earned a big win against Comunicaciones in Guatemala, while Olimpia rallied to defeat Deportes Savio in Honduras. CONCACAF.com reviews all the action across the Central American region.
Carlos Felix netted his league-best 11th goal of the season as first-place Universidad de San Carlos (18 points) earned a 1-0 win over defending champion Comunicaciones (12 points). Universidad remains the only unbeaten side the Clausura and picked up its first victory after two straight draws.
Carlos Ruiz made his second Municipal (12 points) debut a memorable one, netting the only goal in the Rojos’ 1-0 win over Halcones (9 points). After a slow start, Municipal has extended its winning streak to five consecutive games.
Other matches: Marquense 2-1 Coatepeque, Suchitpequez 3-1 Malacateco, Iztapa 1-1 Mictlan, Heredia 2-0 Xelaju
Olimpia (19 points) rallied from a two-goal deficit to defeat host Deportes Savio (7 points), 3-2. The Lions scored three times during an 18-minute, second-half stretch to earn the three points. Pablo Vazquez (57’), Roger Rojas (73’) and Omar Guerra (75’) struck for the 27-time champion, which is in first place with a two-point cushion over Real Sociedad. Rojas is now tied for second in the Honduran goal chart with six goals,
Other matches: Marathon 0-2 Vida, Victoria 0-0 Real Sociedad, Motagua 0-2 Parrillas Uno, Platense 0-1 Real España
The “Clasico” between CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinalist Alajuelense (17 points) and Saprissa (16 points) ended in a scoreless draw on Sunday. Alajuelense was shutout for the second straight game and has only two wins in its last five outings. Saprissa extended its unbeaten streak to eight consecutive games as Mexican goalkeeper Luis Michel has not conceded a goal in 183 minutes.
A day earlier, first-place Herediano (20 points) turned in an outstanding performance at home, defeating UCR (13 points), 5-0. Francisco Calvo (6’, 36’) and Víctor Núñez (16’, 80’) scored a goal in each half for the Florenses, who have tallied 10 times in their last three games.
Other matches: Santos de Guapiles 3-0 Perez Zeledon, Uruguay 2-1 Limon, Belen Siglo XXI 2-2 Cartagines, Puntarenas 1-1 Carmelita
Arabe Unido (16 points) and Plaza Amador (16 points) remained joint leaders with wins over the weekend.
Abdiel Arroyo (72’, 84’) and Enrico Small (79’, 86’) scored two goals each to lead Arabe, a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinalist past Independiente (7 points), 5-0. The Expreso Azul have struck for 10 goals in its last three games after netting only four times in its previous five.
Goals by Josiel Nuñez (14’) and Josueth Holder (72’ pen) lifted Plaza Amador to a 2-1 victory over San Francisco (9 points).
Other matches: Tauro 0-3 Chorrillo, Alianza 1-0 Chepo, Sporting San Miguelito 1-1 Río Abajo
Puerto Rico striker Hector Ramos (76’ pen, 79’, 90’) struck for a hat-trick as Isidro Metapan (13 points) topped host Luis Angel Firpo (10 points), 3-1. The Jaguares bounced back from a 3-1 loss to Atletico Marte a week earlier.
FAS (16 points) remain in first place thanks to a 2-0 win over Alianza. The Tigres have conceded only one goal in their last five games.
Other matches: Dragon 1-1 Santa Tecla, Juventud Independiente 3-2 Aguila, Atletico Marte 2-1 UES
The Clausura lead continues to be shared by Real Esteli and Walter Ferreti (19 points each) as the sides posted wins over the weekend. Esteli defeated Juventus Managua, 2-0, and has not conceded a goal in three straight games. After going winless in three consecutive outings, Ferreti made it two victories in a row with a 2-1 triumph over Jalapa.
Other matches: Real Madriz 4-2 Managua, San Marcos 3-1 Deportivo Ocotal