• Monday Jan 15, 2018

    CONCACAF Weekend's Best (January 15, 2018)

    Sergio Moreno (middle) is congratulated by teammates after scoring in Chorrillo FC’s win over Plaza Amador in Panamanian Clausura on January 7, 2018, in the El Chorrillo section of Panama City, Panama. (Photo: Liga Panameña de Fútbol)

    CONCACAF.com takes a look at the best performances and most interesting stories in CONCACAF Weekend’s Best.

    TAVARES, CASTILLO CONTINUE BLISTERING PACE

    Forwards Djaniny Tavares (Santos) and Nicolas Castillo (Pumas) continued their scorching starts to the 2018 Liga MX Clausura, with four goals each through just two games.  A week after notching a hat-trick in a 4-2 win over Lobos BUAP in week one, Tavares (54’) scored the lone Santos goal in Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Tigres.  The Cape Verde international pounced on a rebound in the Tigres penalty area and fired home for the score.

    Pumas now have six goals in their first two matches thanks in large part to the scoring heroics of Castillo, who added another two goals in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Atlas.  The Chilean striker (6’, 65’ pen) gave UNAM a 1-0 lead, before rounding out the final scoreline.

    LAJUD IN MIDSEASON FORM

    Club Tijuana is just one of two teams [Veracruz] to have gone the first two weeks of the Liga MX Clausura without conceding a goal.  Goalkeeper Manuel Lajud has been a rock for the Xolos.  The 24-year-old registered another clean sheet for in Friday’s 1-0 home win over Necaxa, and already looks be in fine form for next month’s 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (SCCL) Round of 16 series against Motagua.

    RICARDINHO GETS SANTA TECLA OFF ON RIGHT FOOT

    After bagging five goals during the 2017 Savadoran Apertura, Ricardinho (27’, 70’) once again demonstrated his scoring prowess in week one of the 2018 Clausura with a brace in Santa Tecla’s 4-1 victory over Sonsonate on Sunday.  Gerson Mayen (66’) and Kevin Reyes (68’) also netted in a winning effort.

    RAMIREZ KEEPS SAPRISSA SOARING

    Saprissa is showing no signs of slowing down as David Ramirez led the Monstruo Morado to a third straight win to start the 2018 Costa Rican Clausura, 3-0, at Cartagines on Sunday.

    The 24-year-old forward (33’, 61’) struck for one goal in each half off assists from Daniel Colindres and Luis Hernandez, before Michael Barrantes (86’) punctuated the scoreline with four minutes remaining in normal time.

    CIBAO FC ROUNDING INTO FORM

    Cibao FC’s preparation for a first ever SCCL took another step forward on Sunday as they claimed a 4-1 preseason win against fellow Dominican Republic side Union VPN. Kerbi Rodriguez, Guillermo Ramirez, Dorny Romero and Gerard Lavergne found the back of the net for the hosts, who will face Mexican side Chivas Guadalajara in the 2018 SCCL Round of 16.

    CHORRILLO FC OPENS TITLE DEFENSE WITH WIN

    Chorrillo FC’s campaign for a second straight Panamanian title opened Saturday with a 1-0 win over Plaza Amador in the 2018 Panamanian Clausura.  Sergio Moreno (12’) scored the game’s only goal in the first half, heading home a cross by Jairo Jimenez.

     

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