Alajuelense's Jerry Palacios (pictured) celebrates after scoring in a 5-2 win over UCR on February 26, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Alajuelense)
There is a top-of-the-table clash in Honduras as Real Sociedad hosts Olimpia, while Isidro Metapan looks for three points against FAS in the Salvadoran Primera Division. CONCACAF.com previews all of the weekend action across the Central American region.
Tenth round play is highlighted by Olimpia (19 points) putting its first-place status on the line Sunday, when it travels to second-place Real Sociedad (17 points). The Lions are the only unbeaten team in the Clausura and conceded a league-low five goals. After winning five straight matches, the host Realeza are winless in its last two.
Honduras international striker Carlo Costly continues his recovery from an ankle injury and will not be available for Real España, which will take on Victoria.
Other matches: Vida-Platense, Motagua-Deportes Savio, Parrillas Uno-Marathón
FAS (19 points) will look to expand its lead atop the Clausura table to nine points, when it pays a visit to Isidro Metapan (13 points) on Saturday. The Tigres defense has conceded only three goals in seven games, but it will have to contend with Metapan’s lethal attack that features Nicolas Muñoz and Hector Ramos, who scored three goals last weekend.
Atletico Marte (13 points) will look to stay in the hunt with a Saturday meeting against Aguila (5 points).
Other matches: UES-Santa Tecla, Dragón-Alianza, Juventud Independiente-Luis Ángel Firpo
First-place Herediano (23 points) will look to make it four wins in a row, when it visits Carmelita on Sunday. The Florenses have scored 10 goals and conceded only one in their last three outings.
CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinalist Alajuelense (20 points) is in second place and extended its unbeaten streak to five straight games with a mid-week win over UCR, 5-2. The Manudos will visit last-place Perez Zeledon (6 points) on Sunday.
Other matches: Limón-Puntarenas, UCR-Santos de Guápiles,
First-place Universidad de San Carlos (19 points) and prolific striker Carlos Felix will host Heredia (11 points) on Sunday. Felix tops the Clausura scoring chart with 12 goals, while his Chalaneros have drawn three of their last four games.
Comunicaciones (15 points) will aim to maintain its hold on second place with a Saturday visit to Suchitepequez (14 points). The Guatemala City giants four-match winless streak ended with a 2-1 win over Iztapa on Wednesday.
Other matches: Marquense-Malacateco, Iztapa-Xelaju, Municipal-Mictlan, Halcones-Coatepeque
Arabe Unido (16 points) – tied for first place with Alianza -- will look to remain unbeaten, when its hosts Chorrillo on Friday. The CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinalist has four wins and four draws, while scoring a league-best 14 goals.
On Thursday, Miguel Vasquez (71’) broke a 1-1 stalemate to give Alianza a 2-1 win over San Francisco (9 points).
Other matches: Alianza-San Francisco, Sporting San Miguelito-Plaza Amador, Independiente-Chepo, Río Abajo-Tauro
Clausura co-leaders Real Esteli and Walter Ferreti (19 points) will face Chinandega (Saturday) and Real Madriz (Friday), respectively. The table toppers have each won two consecutive games.
Other matches: Managua-San Marcos, Deportivo Ocotal-Juvent