Action from the Salvadoran Clausura match between host Isidro Metapan (blue jersey) and FAS on March 1, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Isidro Metapan)
Isidro Metapan earned an important three points in El Salvador, while Olimpia extended its lead atop the Honduran table. CONCACAF.com recaps all of the action across the Central American region.
FAS’s cushion at the summit of the Clausura table was reduced to three points on Saturday, when it fell at second-place Isidro Metapan (16 points), 1-0. Marvin Monterrosa scored two minutes before the break as FAS conceded a goal for only the fourth time this season.
In San Miguel, Williams Reyes netted twice in Dragon’s 4-0 win over Alianza.
Other results: UES 2-3 Santa Tecla, Atlético Marte 1-2 Águila, Juventud Independiente 2-0 Luis Ángel Firpo
On Sunday, Rommel Quioto scored the game’s only goal in the seventh minute to give first-place Olimpia (22 points) a 1-0 win at second-place Real Socieded (17 points). The Lions remain unbeaten after 10 games and have allowed only five goals.
Motagua (16 points) is now in third place after Sunday´s 1-0 win over last-place Deportes Savio (7 points). Jose Pablo Varela (39’) scored for the Ciclon Azul.
Other results: Vida 1-2 Platense, Motagua 1-0 Deportes Savio, Parrillas One 1-1 Marathon, Real España 2-2 Victoria
A 2-0 loss to Carmelita by first-place Herediano (23 points) combined with Saprissa’s 3-0 win over Cartagines means that the Monstruo Morado is now only a point off the Verano pace. Saprissa is now unbeaten in 10 consecutive matches and has scored two goals or more in six of its last seven outings.
CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinalist Alajuelense drew 2-2 at Perez Zeledon.
Other results: Limón 0-0 Puntarenas, UCR 2-1 Santos de Guápiles, Uruguay 3-0 Belén Siglo XXI
Second-place Comunicaciones (18 points) is now two points behind first-place Universidad San Carlos (20 points) thanks to a 2-1 win at Suchitepequez (14 points) on Saturday. The Cremas fell behind in the 21st minute, but got goals from Joel Benitez (27’) and Jairo Arreola (72’) in a come-from-behind triumph.
Former Honduras international Milton Nuñez (5’) gave Universidad de San Carlos an early lead against visiting Heredia on Sunday, but Anderson Andrade leveled only seven minutes later in a 1-1 draw.
Other results: Marquense 0-0 Malacateco, Iztapa 1-1 Xelajú, Municipal 0-1 Mictlán, Halcones 1-1 Coatepeque
There’s a three-way tie atop the Clausura table as Arabe Unido, Alianza and Plaza Amador now sit on 16 points each. CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinalist Arabe lost for the first time this season, 3-2, against visiting Chorrillo on Friday. Panama international Rolando Blackburn scored the game-winning goal with only seven minutes left in normal time.
Other results: Río Abajo 1-1 Tauro
The Clausura race remains incredibly tight as Walter Ferreti and Real Esteli remained in a tie for first place (22 points each) after weekend wins. In Ferreti’s 5-0 victory over Real Madriz, Dany Cadena and Xavier Dolmus scored two goals apiece. Esteli topped visiting Chinandega, 1-0. The table toppers are both riding three-game winning streaks.
Other results: Deportivo Ocotal 0-1 Juventus Managua, Diriangen 3-1 Jalapa