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    CONCACAF 2017: Five of the Best Scotiabank CONCACAF League Player Performances

    The goals of Carlo Costly (white jersey) were key to Olimpia’s run to the 2017 Scotiabank CONCACAF League title.

    CONCACAF.com is taking a look back at the most interesting items from throughout the Confederation over the previous 12 months.


    #1: Carlo Costly, OLIMPIA; home v Alianza (Quarterfinals, Second Leg)

    August 24, 2017 -- Estadio Tiburcio Carias Andino/Tegucigalpa, Honduras

    Carlo Costly’s two goals gave Olimpia a 3-1 over visiting Alianza in the quarterfinal, second-leg encounter, sending the Leones into the semifinals, 3-2 on aggregate.  The host took a 2-1 lead in the 55th minute as Costly scored with a wonderfully taken left-footed shot from the left side of the box off a long, looping pass from Alexander Lopez.  Then, in the fifth minute of stoppage time, Lopez again found the 35-year-old forward, who bounced a header into the net from nine-yards out for the series clincher.

    #2 Roger Rojas, OLIMPIA; away v Plaza Amador (Semifinals, First Leg)

    September 14, 2017 – Estadio Rommel Fernandez/Panama City, Panama)

    Roger Rojas finished as the 2017 Scotiabank CONCACAF League’s top scorer with five goals, two of which came in Olimpia’s 7-1 win over host Plaza Amador.  He put the Leones ahead 3-0 in the 28th minute, running onto Alexander Lopez’s through ball and beating goalkeeper Eric Hughes from 15-yards out.  In the 65th minute, Rojas was released down the middle by Brayan Moya to fire past a charging Hughes with his right foot from 22-yards out.  The 27-year-old forward also assisted on Michael Chirinos’ goal in the 68th minute.

    #3: Rodolfo Zelaya, ALIANZA; away v Platense (Round of 16, First Leg)

    August 2, 2017 – Estadio Excelsior/Puerto Cortes, Honduras

    As the latter stages of the second half approached, Zelaya gave visiting Alianza a 1-0 lead in the 72nd minute, poking home with the outside of his right foot from eight-yards out.  Platense leveled in the 85th minute through Brunet Hay, but – three minutes later -- Zelaya set-up Juan Portillo for the game-winner as the Albos won, 2-1.

    #4: Jose Bernardo Laureiro, WALTER FERRETTI; home v Belmopan Bandits (Round of 16, First Leg)

    August 3, 2017 – Estadio Independencia/Esteli, Nicaragua

    Jose Bernardo Laureiro became the first player to score two goals in a Scotiabank CONCACAF League game as Walter Ferretti won 4-1 over visiting Belmopan Bandits.  The 25-year-old Uruguayan made it 2-0 for the host in the 75th minute, when he fired in a left-footed shot from 15 yards off a Robinson Da Silva feed.  Laureiro completed the 4-1 scoreline in the second minute of stoppage time, finishing Jorge Garcia’s pass with a neat back-heel from the edge of the six-yard box.

    #5: Carlos Small, ARABE UNIDO; away v Aguila (Quarterfinals, First Leg)

    August 16, 2017 -- Estadio Cuscatlan/San Salvador, El Salvador

    Sometimes, goals in the first leg of a series are just as important as those in the second.  Carlos Small proved that supposition, scoring both goals in a 2-0 quarterfinal, first-leg win over Aguila as Arabe Unido ultimately progressed 2-1 on aggregate.  Only 23 seconds after he replaced Renan Addles at halftime, Small drilled a shot from the top of the box that goalkeeper Benji Villalobos couldn’t control as it trickled into the lower right corner of the net.  The 22-year-old forward struck again in the 82nd minute, chesting down Rigoberto Nino’s cross and depositing the ball into the net from seven-yards out.

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