• Friday Mar 28, 2014

    Central America Weekend Preview (March 28-30)

    Miguel Camargo (pictured) scored in Chorrillo's 3-0 Panamanian Clausura win over Alainza on March 22, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Liga Panameña de Fútbol)

    It promises to be another exciting weekend as league races across the region remain incredibly close.  CONCACAF.com previews all of the action across Central America.

    GUATEMALA

    Following a midweek matchday that saw none of the top six teams in the table win, first-place Universidad de San Carlos (26 points) will welcome Halcones (20 points) on Saturday.  The Chalaneros, who have only three victories in their last 10 games, are coming off a 2-0 loss to Marquense.

    In another interesting Saturday match-up, second-place Coatepeque (25 points) hosts third-place Comunicaciones (23 points).  Coatepeque is unbeaten in seven straight, while the Cremas have posted a single win in their last five outings.

    Other matches: Suchitepequez-Municipal, Iztapa-Marquense, Heredia-Malacateco, Xelaju-Mictlan

     HONDURAS

    On Wednesday, in a rematch of the 2013 Torneo Apertura final, Real Sociedad and Real España played to a thrilling 3-3 draw.  This weekend, in 16th round play, both will look to maintain their scoring ways. 

    Real Sociedad (25 points), which got three goals from Ronny Martinez against España, will host Parrillas One on Sunday.  Martinez tops the league in scoring with 13 goals, five more than Charles Cordova (Parrillas One) and Bryan Rochez (Real España).

    Real España will welcome Motagua (23 points) to San Pedro Sula on Saturday.

    First-place Olimpia (29 points) has only one win in its last four games and will host Marathon (18 points) on Sunday. 

    Other matches: Deportes Savio-Vida, Victoria-Platense

    COSTA RICA

    Saprissa (32 points) regained the league lead on Wednesday thanks to its 2-0 win over Uruguay and Herediano’s 5-2 loss to Alajuelense (25 points).

    On Sunday, the Monstruo Morado will visit Puntarenas (15 points), which won for the first time in nine games with a 1-0 midweek victory over Cartagines (16 points).

    Herediano (30 points) has won four straight at home and will host Cartagines on Sunday.

    CONCACAF Champions League semifinalist Alajuelense -- unbeaten in its last three Verano games -- visits Santos de Guapiles (19 points) on Saturday.

    Other matches: Belen Siglo XXI-Carmelita, Uruguay-Perez Zeledon, Limon-UCR

    EL SALVADOR

    FAS (22 points) will look to bounce back from last week’s loss to Dragon (16 points), when it visits Atletico Marte (13 points) on Sunday.  The table-topping Tigres are unbeaten in five of their last six on the road.

    On Saturday, second-place Isidro Metapan (19 points), which has followed a loss with a loss over the last six rounds, will host Aguila (11 points).

    Other matches: UES-Luis Angel Firpo, Isidro Metapan-Aguila, Dragon-Juventud Independiente, Santa Tecla-Alianza 

    PANAMA

    Leader Chorrillo (23 points) will look to extend its six-match winning streak on Sunday, when it hosts Río Abajo. The Fiebre Amarilla (Yellow Fever) has scored three goals in five of those encounters.

    With one win in its last four games, second-place Plaza Amador (21 points) will visit Independiente (10 points) on Friday.

    Other matches: Independiente-Plaza Amador, Chepo-San Francisco, Alianza-Tauro, Arabe Unido-Sporting San Miguelito

     NICARAGUA

    In the game of the weekend on Sunday, first-place Real Esteli (33 points) hosts second-place Diriangen.  Esteli is coming off a 3-0 win over Walter Ferreti on Wedneday, while Diriangen (8-8-0) will look to maintain its status as the only unbeaten side in the Clausura.

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

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