• Monday May 20, 2013

    Central American Weekend Review

    Domestic seasons throughout Central America are coming to an exciting conclusion. CONCACAF.com takes a look at this past weekend's action throughout the region.

    HONDURAS
    Olimpia was able to overturn a 1-0 first leg defeat with a 2-0 victory over Real Sociedad on Sunday in the second leg of the Honduran final to claim its fourth straight title. Roger Rojas evened the aggregate score with a goal in the sixth minute, before Brayan Beckles netted the decisive goal 15 minutes after the interval.

    The Lions had already qualified for the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League by virtue of winning the 2012 Apertura championship. They will be joined in the confederation event by Victoria, the team with the next most number of points from the two seasons.

     

    EL SALVADOR
    Jonathan Águila was once again the main figure for FAS, which qualified for Salvadoran final after its 1-0 victory over Juventud Independiente in the second leg of their semifinal series. The 23-year-old forward, who scored an important goal in the 2-1 first-leg loss, netted the triumphant tally in the 67th minute.

    Though the series ended 2-2 on aggregate, FAS advanced to the championship game by virtue of finishing higher in the league table at the end of the regular season.

    FAS will next take on Luis Angel Firpo, a 1-0 winner over Alianza. An absolutely stunning long-range strike from Carlos Monteagudo in the 47th minute served as the winner for the home side. Similar to FAS, Luis Angel Firpo progress to the final on its superior place in the league table.

     

    COSTA RICA
    Cartaginés takes a big advantage into the second leg of the Costa Rican football final after its 3-1 first leg win against Herediano. Víctor Núñez put the guest ahead on Sunday with a 26th minute goal, but the home side responded with three second half strikes. Carlos Johnson equalized in the 53rd and Mauricio Castillo Contreras made it 2-1 three minutes later. Pablo Brenes extended the lead in the 64th minute. The return leg will be played Saturday at the Estadio Rosabal Cordero in Heredia. Cartaginés - the 1994 CONCACAF club champion -- is hoping to make its first Champions League appearance, while Herediano is aiming for its fourth.

     

    PANAMA
    There is a new champion in Panamá and it is Sporting San Miguelito, which earned its first-ever title by beating San Francisco 4-1 in the one-game final at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez. Goals from Ricardo Clarke and Darwin Pinzón in the first ten minutes gave Sporting the lead. San Francisco halved the deficit with a Amílcar James tally in the 11th minute, but San Migueito responded like a champion with strikes from Pinzón and Julio Andrade in the 45th and 90th minutes, respectively.

    San Miguelito and Arabe Unido, the 2012 Apertura champion, will represent Panama in the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League.

     

    GUATEMALA
    The 20th week of Guatemalan league play is in the books and Comunicaciones has not tired of winning. It now sits on top of the table with 40 points after a Saturday's 1-0 win over visiting Xelajú. Jose Contreras struck for the game-winner in the 28th minute.

    Malacateco remains in second with 36 points following a 1-0 victory over Municipal.

     

    NICARAGUA
    Real Estelí is into the Nicaraguan Clausura final thanks to a 3-0 win over Managua FC in semifinal round-robin play. Even with two match-days remaining, Esteli's record and goal difference has clinched their place in the final. Against Managua, Rudel Calero scored twice, while Norfran Lazon added a third to seal the win.

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