Arabe Unido lines up before facing San Francisco on January 31, 2014, at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City, Panama. (Photo courtesy of Arabe Unido)
Real Sociedad is new leader in Honduras, while Alianza takes sole possession of first place in Panama. CONCACAF.com recaps all of the weekend’s action from across Central America.
With all eyes in Honduras on local derby action between Olimpia-Motagua and Real España-Marathon, 2013 Apertura runner-up Real Sociedad (10 points) glided into first place with a 2-0 win at Vida. Rony Martinez (33’) and Juan Munguia (80’) scored a goal apiece for the Realeza.
A scoreless draw in Tegucigalpa left both Olimpia and Motagua unbeaten with identical 2-3-0 records, but a point behind Real Sociedad.
In San Pedro Sula, Honduras international forward Carlo Costly scored a 29th minute equalizer to give defending champion Real España a 1-1 draw with Marathon.
Other matches: Deportes Savio 2-1 Victoria, Platense 1-0 Parrillas Uno
Alianza is the sole leader after topping host Chorrillo, 3-1, on Sunday. Fernando Mena, Federico Marines and Cesar Medina scored the goals in a winning effort. Los Pericos are now in first place, two points ahead of Árabe Unido. The CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinalist posted a 1-0 victory over San Francisco courtesy of Joel Barcenas’ goal just before half-time.
Other matches: Tauro 2-2 Sporting San Miguelito, Chepo 0-0 Plaza Amador, Independiente 0-0 Río Abajo
Universidad San Carlos’ Carlos Felix was the star of the weekend in Central America, scoring four goals in a 5-0 win over Marquense. The Mexican netted twice in each half (5’, 25’, 46’, 56’) to help lift Universidad (10 points) into a share of first place tie with Comunicaciones after four rounds (Universidad has a slight advantage on goal difference, +8 to +6). The Cremas kept pace by posting a 2-1 win against Mictlan, which lost for the first time this season and fell to fourth place.
Other matches: Suchitepequez 1-0 Coatepeque, Iztapa 1-1 Municipal, Heredia 4-0 Halcones, Xelaju 1-0 Malacateco
Walter Ferretti maintained its Clausura lead after their scoreless draw against Diriangen. Champion Real Esteli had a golden chance to take over first place, but were held to a 1-1 draw by Managua.
Other matches: Jalapa 0-0 Deportivo Ocotal, Real Madriz 1-1 Chinandega, San Marcos 2-3 Juventud Managua.
There were no matches in either Costa Rica or El Salvador.