Herediano (pictured) will look for its fifth win in six Costa Rican Verano games, when it visits Cartagines on February 9, 2014. (Photo: Mexsport)
After a week off, the Costa Rican and Salvadoran leagues are back in action, while Real Sociedad looks to retain the top spot in Honduras. CONCACAF.com previews all of the action from across the Central American region.
After an idle week due to national elections, the Verano returns with sixth round play and a top-of-the-table clash, when first-place Herediano (12 points) visits second-place Cartagines (10 points). Herediano, the 2013 Invierno runner-up, enters the match with a league-high 11 goals. After netting seven times in its previous three games, Cartagines was shutout, 2-0, by Puntarenas in its last outing.
Other matches: Alajuelense-Santos de Guapiles, Saprissa-Puntarenas, UCR-Limon, Perez Zeledon-Uruguay
The Clausura returns from a week’s break with an interesting slate of matches, highlighted by an encounter between second-place Isidro Metapan (7 points) and third-place Alianza (6 points), which is ahead of Luis Angel Firpo on goal difference. Alianza will be looking to impose the first defeat on Metapan this season. First-place FAS has allowed a league-best one goal this season and will look to continue its good form against visiting Santa Tecla.
Other matches: Dragon-Atletico Marte, Juventud Independiente-UES, Luis Angel Firpo-Aguil
After a midweek matchday in which Real Sociedad avenged a loss to Real España in the 2013 Torneo Apertura final, the Clausura continues with seventh round play. Host Real Sociedad scored all of its goals in the final 22 minutes to retain first-place with a 3-2 win over the reigning champion on Wednesday. La Realeza will hope to extend its four-game winning streak at Parrillas One on Saturday.
Other matches: Marathon-Olimpia, Vida-Deportes Savio, Platense-Victoria, Motagua-Real España
High-flying Universidad San Carlos (10 points) will look to stay even with Comunicaciones at the summit, when it visits Halcones (3 points) on Sunday. Mexican forward Carlos Felix has scored eight of Universidad’s 10 goals, including four in a 5-0 win over Marquense last weekend.
Comunicaciones takes on host Coatepeque, which is hoping to snap a three-game winless streak.
Other matches: Marquense-Iztapa, Mictlan-Xelaju, Municipal-Suchitpequez, Malacateco-Heredia
It remains a tight battle in the Clausura as five teams are within three points of each other at the top half of the table. First-place Walter Ferreti (13 points) grabbed a 1-1 draw on Wednesday against second-place Real Esteli thanks to a Dany Cadena equalizer in the 80th minute and will face Juventus Managua on Saturday. Esteli visits third-place Diriangen a day later.
Other matches: Deportivo Ocotal-Real Madriz, San Marcos-Jalapa, Managua-Chinandega
CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinalist Arabe Unido (8 points) will attempt to maintain its unbeaten record and stay in first place on Sunday, when it faces current champion Tauro. Arabe has posted victories in its last two outings after opening the season with two draws.
On Wednesday, a second-half goal by Luis Moreno gave Tauro (5 points) its first win of the season over then first-place Alianza.
Other matches: Independiente-San Francisco, Chepo-Sporting San Miguelito, Río Abajo-Alianza, Chorrillo-Plaza Amador