• Friday Sep 08, 2017

    CONCACAF Weekend Watch (Sept. 8-10, 2017)

    Luis Hinestroza (pictured) and Alianza will look to remain unbeaten in the Salvadoran Apertura, when it Pasaquina on September 9, 2017. (Photo: Salvador Melendez)

    CONCACAF WEEKEND WATCH (Sept. 8-10, 2017)

    After the completion of matchdays seven and eight in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, domestic club football takes center stage this weekend.

    CONCACAF.com recommends some storylines for you to watch:

    CANADA

    Toronto FC is 6W-3D-0L in its last nine Major League Soccer games and will look to take that unbeaten streak to 10 on Saturday against the visiting San Jose Earthquakes.

    COSTA RICA

    First-place Herediano (5W-2D-0L, 17 points) is the only remaining unbeaten side in the Invierno.  Next up on Saturday is an encounter against second-place visitor Saprissa (5-0-2, 15), which could take the top spot with a win.

    EL SALVADOR

    Alianza (5-2-0, 17) is the only unbeaten side in the Apertura, but could face a challenge Saturday against host Pasaquina (3-2-2, 11), which is unbeaten at home this season.

    HONDURAS

    Which team will be victorious in Saturday’s “Clasico” – Apertura table-topper Motagua (2-2-0, 8) or fourth-place Olimpia (2-1-1, 7)?

    MEXICO

    In Liga MX, defending champion Guadalajara has yet to win in seven Apertura matches and sits in last place (0-5-2, 5).  Can Chivas get in the win column Saturday, when it visits 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League Pachuca (3-0-4, 9)?

    NICARAGUA

    Despite playing only eight games, Real Esteli (7-1-0, 22) already enjoys an 11-point lead over the Apertura field.  Can third-place Chinandega (3-2-3, 11) start mount a challenge Saturday, when it visits the Tren del Norte (5-1-0 in six home games)?

    PANAMA

    Before Apertura co-leaders Plaza Amador and Arabe Unido (both 5-3-0, 18) think about their respective Scotiabank CONCACAF League semifinals next week, they have domestic matters Saturday to manage.  Plaza Amador takes on visiting San Francisco (3-1-4, 10), while Arabe Unido faces host Tauro.  Will they resume international play on a high note?

    TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

    North East Stars can take sole possession of  first place in the TT Pro League with a win at home Friday over three-time defending champion Central FC.

    USA

    While he was away on international duty with Spain, New York City FC’s David Villa suffered an injury.  Will Major League Soccer’s top scorer (19 goals) be fit to face the visiting Portland Timbers on Saturday?

    KEEP AN EYE ON…

    Mexico international Hirving Lozano has scored one goal in each of his first three games with PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch Eredivisie.  Will that run of excellent form be maintained at Herenveeen on Sunday?

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