New Costa Rican champion Alajuelense announced on December 23, 2013, that Jerry Palacios (right) and Patrick Pemberton signed new contracts with the club. (Photo: Mexsport)
ALAJUELA, Costa Rica – Just a day after capturing the Costa Rican Invierno championship, Alajuelense announced Monday that it has renewed the contracts of Honduran international Jerry Palacios and goalkeeper Patrick Pemberton.
Palacios, 31, has scored 15 league goals since joining the Manudos from Honduras’ Platense in December 2012. The forward was key in helping the 29-time domestic champion advance to the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League for the first time in four attempts. He scored the only goal in a 1-0 away win over Mexico’s Club America on October 22, a result that gave Alajuelense the Group 4 title.
“The deal has been very good,” said Palacios, who played in two matches at the 2010 World Cup finals. “It was a marvelous year and the one coming up is a World Cup year where I need to have regularity like I have had with [Alajuelense]. Despite having options in Asia and an option to play in MLS, I preferred to stay with this great institution.
“I am very grateful to the La Liga people.”
Costa Rican international Pemberton inked a four-year deal with the club, following a spectacular season for a side that allowed only one goal in its last eight outings.
In 2013, the 31-year-old played in two matches during the Ticos’ successful qualifying campaign for Brazil 2014 and started all four of their CONCACAF Gold Cup encounters. He was also named the best goalkeeper at the UNCAF Copa Centroamericana, which Costa Rica won for a record-extending seventh time.
Alajuelense will face off against Panama’s Arabe Unido in the CCL quarterfinals next year.