• Tuesday Aug 02, 2005

    LD Alajuelense & Luis Angel Firpo advance to Central Zone Qualification quarterfinals

    Costa Rica's LD Alajuelense and Luis Angel Firpo of El Salvador advanced to the quarterfinals of the Central American Qualification (Torneo Interclubes de UNCAF 2005) for the 2006 CONCACAF Champions' Cup after eliminating Placencia Pirates of Belize and Guatemala's CSD Comunicaciones, respectively, in first round series on Tuesday.

    Luis Angel Firpo held the host CSD Comunicaciones to a 2:2 tie in the second-leg of the Torneo Interclubes de UNCAF (Union Centroamericana de Fútbol) First Round Series F at the Estadio Cementos Progreso in Ciudad de Guatemala. Rolando Fonseca and Carlos Pavon scored for CSD Comunicaciones, while Jose Manuel Martinez and Jose Martinez each added a goal for Luis Angel Firpo as they win the Series F 6:4 on aggregate.

    In the other first round second-leg on Tuesday, LD Alajuelense easily beat visiting Placencia Pirates 6:0 at the Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto in Alajuela. Frolyán Ledezma had two tallies, while Erick Jimenez, Michael Rodriguez, Erick Scott and own goal by Placencia Pirates' Bernard Lenarez added to LD Alajuelense offence as they claimed the Series G 10:1 on aggregate.

    The Torneo Interclubes de UNCAF First Round Second-legs continue on Wednesday (3 August) as the 2005 CONCACAF Champions' Cup winner Deportivo Saprissa (CRC) will host CD F.A.S. (SLV) at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa in San José with a 2:0 Series A lead. Meanwhile, Deportivo Suchitepequez (GUA) visits Diriangén FC (NCA) at the Estadio Cacique Diriangén in Ciudad de Diriamba with the Series C leveled at 2:2.

    The first round concludes on Thursday (4 August) when CD Olímpia (HON) travels to Eagles FC (BLZ) at People's Stadium in Belize City with a 3:0 Series D advantage, while Municipal Pérez Zeledón (CRC) greets San Francisco FC (PAN) at the Estadio Municipal Pérez Zeledón in San Isidro with Series E tied at 0:0, then CSD Municipal (GUA) greets Deportivo árabe Unido (PAN) at the Estadio Mateo Flores in Ciudad de Guatemala with Series H tied at 0:0.

    In total 14 Central American clubs are competing in the first round of the Torneo Interclubes de UNCAF 2005 which is a home-and-away series elimination tournament. CD Marathón of Honduras earned a bye from the first round into the quarterfinals after the withdrawal of Parmalat FC of Nicaragua.

    The UNCAF tournament quarterfinals begin with first-leg encounters from 20-22 September, while the second-legs are scheduled for 27-29 September.

    The semifinal first-legs will take place on 18-19 October, with second-legs on 25-26 October. The two finalists, whom qualify directly to the 2006 CONCACAF Champions' Cup, will compete for the Torneo Interclubes de UNCAF 2005 crown with first-leg on 23 November and the return-leg seven days later.

    The two losing semifinalists will play a home-and-away third-place series (22 & 29 November) for the last Central American berth to the 2006 CONCACAF Champions' Cup.

    The CONCACAF Champions' Cup is the longest running international club competition in the region and has crowned the champion club of the Confederation since its inception in 1962.

    2006 CONCACAF CHAMPIONS' CUP - CENTRAL ZONE QUALIFYING
    First Round
    Series A
    03.08.2005: San José, COSTA RICA; Estadio Ricardo Saprissa (19:00)
    DEPORTIVO SAPRISSA (CRC) - CD F.A.S. (SLV)
    Deportivo Saprissa leads 2:0 on aggregate

    Series C
    03.08.2005: Ciudad de Diriamba, NICARAGUA; Estadio Cacique Diriangén (16:15)
    DIRIANGEN FC (NCA) - DEPORTIVO SUCHITEPEQUEZ (GUA)
    Tied 2:2 on aggregate

    Series D
    04.08.2005: Belize City, BELIZE; People's Stadium (19:30)
    EAGLES FC (BLZ) - CD OLIMPIA (HON)
    CD Olímpia leads 3:0 on aggregate

    Series E
    04.08.2005: San Isidro, COSTA RICA; Estadio Municipal Pérez Zeledón (20:00)
    MUNICIPAL PEREZ ZELEDON (CRC) - SAN FRANCISCO FC (PAN)
    Tied 0:0 on aggregate

    Series F
    02.08.2005: Ciudad de Guatemala, GUATEMALA; Estadio Cementos Progreso
    CSD COMUNICACIONES (GUA) - LUIS ANGEL FIRPO (SLV) 2:2 (1:0)
    Carlos PAVON 20'; Rolando FONSECA 56' - Jose Manuel MARTINEZ 53'; Jose MARTINEZ 81'
    CSD Comunicaciones: Ricardo González - Fabián Pumar, Luis Rodríguez, Rigoberto Gómez, ángel Sanabria, Mauricio Solís, Fredy Thompson, (79: Mynor Dávila), Julio Medina (64: Johnny Cubero), Jorge dos Santos, Rolando Fonseca, Carlos Pavón. Booked: Sanabria 53', Fonseca 54'
    TD: Ramón RAMIREZ
    Luis ángel Firpo: óscar Mejía - Jorge Sánchez, Marco Caljú, Julio Castro, Mauricio Quintanilla, Adonay Martínez, Isaac Zelaya, Guillermo Morán, José Martínez, Juan Reyes (46: Victor Merino), José Martínez, (88: Emerson Véliz). Booked: Sánchez 62', Merino 66'
    TD: Leonel CARCAMO
    R: Walter QUESADA (CRC)
    Luis Angel Firpo wins 6:4 on aggregate

    Series G
    02.08.2005: Alajuela, COSTA RICA; Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto
    LD ALAJUELENSE (CRC) - PLACENCIA PIRATES (BLZ) 6:0 (0:0)
    OG 52'; Froylán LEDEZMA 61', 90' pen; Erick JIMENEZ 69'; Michael RODRIGUEZ 77'; Erick SCOTT 86'
    LD Alajuelense: Patrick Pemberton - Cristian Montero, Bryan Ruiz (62: Erick Jiménez), Pablo Izaguirre (64: Wilmer López), Pablo Gabas, Rafael Rodríguez, Harold Wallace, Froylán Ledesma, Carlos Castro (82: Erick Scott), Michael Rodríguez, Pablo Bolaños. Booked: none
    TD: Javier DELGADO
    Placencia Pirates: Stephen Lopez - Darwane Castillo (54: Lennox Castillo), David Torres, Dalton Teiley, Gilmore Palacio (79: Gary Young), Bernard Lenarez, Ashley Torres Jr (38: Edwin Fernandez), Orland Lyons, Robert Muschamp, Marcos Souto, Wayne Wiltshire. Booked: Lyons 35', Teiley 43', Wiltshire 47'
    TD: Ian MORK
    R: Basilio GARCIA (PAN)
    LD Alajuelense wins 10:1 on aggregate

    Series H
    04.08.2005: Ciudad de Guatemala, GUATEMALA; Estadio Mateo Flores (19:30)
    CSD MUNICIPAL (GUA) - DEPORTIVO ARABE UNIDO (PAN)
    Tied 0:0 on aggregate

    Quarterfinals - Home Teams Listed First
    First-Legs
    20.09.2005: CD F.A.S./Deportivo Saprissa Winner - CD Marathón (HON)
    21.09.2005: Deportivo Suchitepequez/Diriangen FC Winner - CD Olímpia/Eagles FC Winner
    21.09.2005: Municipal Pérez Zeledón/San Francisco FC Winner - Luis Angel Firpo (SLV)
    22.09.2005: LD Alajuelense (CRC) - CSD Municipal/Deportivo árabe Unido Winner

    Second-Legs
    27.09.2005: Luis Angel Firpo (SLV) - Municipal Pérez Zeledón/San Francisco FC Winner
    28.09.2005: CD Marathón (HON) - CD F.A.S./Deportivo Saprissa Winner
    28.09.2005: CSD Municipal/Deportivo árabe Unido Winner - LD Alajuelense (CRC)
    29.09.2005: CD Olímpia/Eagles FC Winner - Deportivo Suchitepequez/Diriangen FC Winner

    Semifinals
    First-Legs
    18 & 19 October

    Second-Legs
    25 & 26 October

    Third Place Playoff
    First-Leg
    22 November

    Second-Leg
    29 November

    Final
    First-Leg
    23 November

    Second-Leg
    30 November

    Photo #1 - LD Alajuelense vs. Placencia Pirates, from La Nacion (CRC)
    Photo #2 - Luis Angel Firpo vs. CSD Comunicaciones, from La Prensa Grafica (SLV)

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