• Friday Mar 21, 2014

    Central America Weekend Preview (March 21-23)

    Alajuelense (pictured) will return to Costa Rican Verano play on March 23, 2014, against Puntarenas only days after sealing a place in the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals. (Photo: Omar Sanchez)

    Saprissa will look to maintain its strong form in Costa Rica against Limon, while it will be a duel for first place between Chorrillo and Alianza in Panama.  CONCACAF.com previews all of the action from across the Central American region. 

    COSTA RICA

    First-place Saprissa (28 points) will look to extend its 12-game unbeaten streak, when it visits Limon (19 points) on Saturday.  The Monstruo Morado defense and goalkeeper Luis Michel have not conceded a goal in 307 minutes.

    A day later, Herediano (27 points), which is lurking a point behind in second place, will host Santos de Guapiles (19 points).  The visitors are unbeaten in five of their last six games.

    CONCACAF Champions League semifinalist Alajuelense (21 points) will travel to Puntarenas (11 points)  on Sunday hoping to snap a three-game domestic winless streak. 

    Other matches: Carmelita-Perez Zeledon, Uruguay-Cartagines, Belen Sigo XXI-UCR

     PANAMA

    Joint-leaders Alianza and Chorrillo (20 points each) will meet on Saturday in a top-of-the-table clash.  Chorrillo hasn’t lost in seven consecutive games, including four straight wins, while Alianza is unbeaten in its last four.

    Fresh off its elimination from the CONCACAF Champions League at the hands of Alajuelense on Thursday, Arabe Unido (17 points) will return to action against San Francisco (12 points) on Sunday.

    Other matches: Plaza Amador-Chepo, Río Abajo-Independiente, Sporting San Miguelito-Tauro

    EL SALVADOR

    With a six-point cushion at the top of the standings, FAS (22 points) will host Dragon (13 points) on Saturday.  The Tigres have conceded only four goals in their last eight games.

    In one the weekend’s more attractive encounters, second-place Isidro Metapan (16 points) will visit third-place Juventud Independiente (15 points) on Sunday.  The host’s seven-game unbeaten run was snapped by FAS last weekend. 

    Other matches: Alianza-UES, Luis Ángel Firpo- Atlético Marte, Águila-Santa Tecla

     GUATEMALA

    First-place Universidad de San Carlos (23 points) will be tested on Sunday, when it hosts Municipal (17 points).  The visitors won for the first time in five games last week, defeating Heredia 3-2 on the strength of a three-goal performance by Carlos Ruiz.

     That same day, second-place Coatepeque (21 points), which has won three games in a row, will host Mictlan (17 points). 

    Other matches: Suchitepequez-Iztapa, Comunicaciones-Malacateco, Xelaju-Halcones, Coatepeque-Mictlán, Heredia-Marquense

    HONDURAS

    After a midweek matchday in which none of the current top three teams won, the Clausura is back with a full slate of games.

    Leader Olimpia (25 points) has lost two straight and will look to get back on track against Motagua on Sunday.  The Lions went unbeaten in 11 consecutive games to open the season, before dropping a pair of encounters.

    Other matches: Parrillas One-Platense, Marathón-Real España, Victoria-Deportes Savio, Real Sociedad-Vida

    NICARAGUA

    In the game of the weekend, co-leaders Walter Ferreti and Diriangen (28 points each) will square off on Sunday.  Diriangen (7-7-0) is the only unbeaten team in the Clausura and has scored 11 goals in its last four outings.

    Other matches: Juventus Managua-San Marcos, Real Estelí-Managua, Deportivo Ocotal-Jalapa, Chinandega-Real Madriz

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