• Monday Mar 17, 2014

    Motivated Alajuelense aims to advance

    Alajuelense head coach Oscar Ramirez speaks to the media after a goalless draw against Arabe Unido in the CONCACAF Champions League on March 10, 2014. (Photo: Imagenes en Costa Rica)

    ALAJUELA, Costa Rica – With the second leg of its all-Central American CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series against Panama’s Arabe Unido just days away, Alajuelense is completely focused on the enormity of the task at hand.

    The two-time confederation champion has set to the side its domestic league activities, so that it goes into the return leg in optimal condition after last Monday’s 0-0 draw in the opener.

    “Our priority always has been the international competition,” said head coach Oscar Ramirez.  “The team is very committed and in each training session the desire of each and every one to advance from the round can be seen.

    “We now know Arabe Unido a little better and we are going to have a clear idea of what the match will present there.” 

    Just two days after tying Arabe, Alajuelense suffered a 4-2 loss to Limon in the Costa Rican Verano. 

    The 49-year-old manager emphasized the importance of his team regaining its rhythm in Panama City, especially since it has registered only one win in its last six games in all competitions.

    “We are coming off an unexpected defeat in Limon, but this team knows how to pick themselves up in crucial moments and they have showed it,” Ramirez expressed.  “In Panama, we are not going to gift anything, no matter what.

    “We want to put ourselves into the next stage of the competition.”

    This year marks the first time that the Manudos advanced past the CCL’s group stage.  They have not conceded a goal in four straight games.

    The second leg will be played Thursday at the Estadio Rommel.

  • Champions League

    Related News



RELATED NEWS YOU'LL LIKE

Tigres’ Ferretti laments SCCL setback

Andre-Pierre Gignac gave Tigres’ new life in its 2015-16 SCCL final at Club America on Wednesday

SCCL Diary: Final, 2nd Leg

Club America brought a fitting close to the 2015/16 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League on Wednesday, rallying for a 2-1 victory over Tigres in the second leg of the final to triumph 4-1 on aggregate.

Olimpia’s Elis wins Scotiabank Best Young Player Award

Olimpia forward Alberth Elis was selected Wednesday as recipient of the Scotiabank Best Young Award as the 2015/16 SCCL’s best player 21-years-old or younger.

Queretaro’s Villa captures Jarritos Golden Boot

Queretaro forward Emanuel Villa earned the Jarritos Golden Boot award after finishing as the top scorer in the 2015/16 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League with six goals.

Club America’s Gonzalez seizes SCCL Golden Glove

Hugo Gonzalez was named winner of the 2015/16 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League’s Golden Glove award after helping Club America to its second straight title on Wednesday