Action from the Costa Rican Verano game between Saprissa and visiting Limon on January 26, 2014, at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa in San Jose. (Photo courtesy of Deportivo Saprissa)
Mictlan is the new leader in Guatemala with two victories in two matches, while Olimpia notches a big win at home against champion Real España in Honduras. CONCACAF.com recaps the weekend’s action from around the Central American.
Mictlan is the only team to obtain maximum points from its opening two 2014 Clausura games after defeating Malacateco 2-0 on Sunday. The host netted two early goals as Jose Salazar and Guillermo Alvarez struck in the fourth and eighth minutes, respectively.
Other results: Universidad de San Carlos 1-0 Suchitepéquez; Heredia 1-1 Municipal; Comunicaciones 3-0 Halcones; Xelaju 0-0 Marquense; Coatepeque 1-2 Iztapa
In a duel of the last two champions on Sunday, Olimpia picked up a 2-0 victory over Real España. Goals by Omar Guerra (74’) and Rommel Quioto (86’) proved to be the difference. Honduras international Carlo Costly played in his second match with Real España, but was unable to break through against the 2013 Clausura winner. Olimpia is tops the table with seven points.
Other results: Victoria 3-1 Vida; Real Sociedad 5-1 Platense; Deportes Savio 0-2 Parrillas Uno; Marathon 3-3 Motagua
Cartagines is the new leader after Sunday’s 2-0 win over Uruguay. A Kevin Vega brace took the Blues to 10 points, one more than Herediano and Alajuelense.
Mexican goalkeeper Luis Michel made his Saprissa debut in a 1-1 draw against visiting Limon. Manfred Russell leveled for the host in the 66th minute, nine minutes after a Diego Diaz goal.
CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinalist Alajuelense earned a 3-0 home victory over Puntarenas. Jose Ortiz netted two goals, while Honduras international Jerry Palacios added the other.
Other results: UCR 2-0 Belen Siglo XXI; Pérez Zeledon 1-2 Carmelita; Santos de Guapiles 1-0 Herediano
Isidro Mepatán has not grown tired of winning as the El Salvador champions once again won in the second match-day of the El Salvadorian Torneo Clausura with a 2-1 away win at Alianza. Isidro Metapán had to overcome a 1-0 deficit and they did it with two second half goals. Nicolás Muñoz made it 1-1 in the 71st minute and Milton Molina scored the game-winner in the 78th minute.
Results of other matches in El Salvador: Luis Ángel Firpo 3-1 UES, Alianza 2-0 Santa Tecla, Juventud Independiente 0-0 Dragón, FAS 1-0 Atlético Marte
After a weekend that saw four of the five matches end in 1-1 draws, the table has become compact as four teams -- Alianza, Plaza Amador, Rio Abajo and Sporting San Miguelito -- are tied for the league lead with four points each.
Río Abajo was the second round’s only winner, defeating Chepo, 2-1. CCL quarterfinalist Árabe Unido is on two points after playing Plaza Amador to a stalemate.
Other results: Alianza 1-1 Sporting San Miguelito; Chorrillo 1-1 Independiente; San Francisco 1-1 Tauro
The Clausura continues to unfold dramatically as Walter Ferreti took over the top spot with a fifth round, 3-2 away win over Deportivo Ocotal. Walter Ferreti is the third different league leader in as many weeks.
Current Nicaraguan champion Real Esteli topped San Marcos, 2-0. Uruguayan Mauro Rodriguez and Manuel Rosas scored in a winning effort.
Other results: Chinandega 1-0 Jalapa; Juventus Managua 1-1 Real Madriz; Diriangen 0-0 Managua.