• Monday Dec 25, 2017

    Olimpia duo Rojas, Garrido depart for Alajuelense

    Roger Rojas (pictured) celebrates after scoring for Olimpia in a Scotiabank CONCACAF League match against host Alajuelense on August 1, 2017, in San Jose, Costa Rica. (Photo: Imagenes en Costa Rica)

    ALAJUELA, Costa Rica -- Alajuelense announced Sunday the acquisition of forward Roger Rojas and midfielder Luis Garrido from Olimpia.

    The move came just one day after Olimpia was eliminated from the 2017 Honduran Apertura playoffs by Motagua at the semifinal stage (agg: 3-3, Motagua advanced by virtue of having a better regular-season record).

    Rojas and Garrido, both 27-years-old, were key to the Leones’ run to the 2017 Scotiabank CONCACAF League title.  Rojas was the competition’s top scorer with five goals, while Garrido – a member of Honduras’ 2017 Copa Centroamericana championship-winning side (3 games/0 goals) -- appeared in seven of eight matches.

    Olimpia, which is scheduled to face the New York Red Bulls in the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (SCCL) Round of 16 (1st leg: February 22, home; 2nd leg: March 1, away), will have to find a way to fill two major voids.

    The loss of Rojas is particularly problematic, especially since his eight goals make him the club’s all-time leading scorer in the competition.

    Alajuelense is looking to bounce back from a 2017 Costa Rican Invierno campaign that saw it finish in fifth place (8W-7D-7L) and miss out on a postseason berth.

    NOTES: Olimpia ousted Alajuelense from the 2017 Scotiabank CONCACAF League with 3-0 aggregate triumph as Roger Rojas had a goal and an assist in the Round of 16 series.

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