Alajuelense (pictured) has won two consecutive games to climb into second place in the Costa Rican Verano. (Photo: Imagenes en Costa Rica)
The end of the regular season in Costa Rica is quickly approaching, while the race for first place in Guatemala remains red hot. CONCACAF.com previews all of the action across the Central American region.
First-place Saprissa (43 points) will look to extend its unbeaten streak to 20 consecutive games, when it hosts Belén Siglo XXI (28 points) on Sunday. A loss would eliminate Belen from contention.
Thanks to wins on Tuesday (1-0 v Carmelita) and Thursday (1-0 v Belén Siglo XXI), Alajuelense (38 points) now occupies second place, three points ahead of Herediano, which is winless in four straight. The Manudos will visit in-form UCR (32 points) on Sunday.
Other matches: Limon-Herediano, Uruguay-Puntarenas, Perez Zeledon-Cartaginés, Carmelita-Santos de Guapiles
A compelling regular season continues this weekend as the top six teams are within three points of each other. Universidad de San Carlos and Comunicaciones are now tied for first place on 33 points.
Universidad doesn’t return to action until Monday at Heredia (30 points), but Comunicaciones has a chance to take sole possession of first place, when it hosts Suchitepequez (30 points) a day earlier.
After his hat-trick in a 5-2 win over Coatepeque on Wednesday, Heredia’s Oscar Isaula shares the league scoring lead with Carlos Felix of Universidad (17 goals each).
Other matches: Mictlan-Municipal, Coatepeque-Halcones, Malacateco-Marquense, Xelaju-Iztapa
The Clausura takes a break this weekend and resumes play on Tuesday. In midweek action, first-place FAS (30 points) and second-place Isidro Metapan (27 points) played to 0-0 draws with Alianza (17 points) and Luis Angel Firpo (18 points), respectively.
The opening round of the playoffs concludes this weekend with a pair of games. On Sunday, host Motagua will look to bounce back from a 2-1 first-leg loss to Marathon. A day earlier, Victoria will take a 2-1 lead to San Pedro Sula against defending champion Real España.
The Clausura is idle this weekend. Arabe Unido remains in first place with 30 points.
The playoffs have been postponed until April 25 due to the earthquake that affected the nation last week.