• Friday Oct 13, 2017

    Santos’ Chaves on SCL final: “The priority is Olimpia”

    Santos de Guapiles head coach Johnny Chaves (pictured) has guided his side to a place in the 2017 Scotiabank CONCACAF League final. (Photo: Imagenes en Costa Rica)

    GUAPILES, Costa Rica – Santos de Guapiles has never won a first-division or international title.

    For that reason, the Costa Rican side is focusing all its energies on the two-legged 2017 Scotiabank CONCACAF League final, which opens on October 19 against Olimpia at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

    “The priority is Olimpia because, for the club, it is important economically to go to the CONCACAF Champions League, so we are focusing on that,” said Santos head coach Johnny Chaves.

    During much of the late summer and fall, Chaves’ men have been put to the test with midweek CONCACAF matches and weekend play in the 2017 Invierno.

    Through it all, Santos progressed through SCL unbeaten (5W-1D-0L overall), while staying within touching distance of a berth in the domestic postseason, currently sitting sixth in the table with a 5-4-4 record.

    As he has all season, Chaves will continue with a policy of squad rotation in this Sunday’s league game at last-place Guadalaupe (1-3-9, 6) in order to have strongest possible roster the SCL final, first leg four days later.

    “When you play every three days, your players recover only 80 percent.  After playing four games, the risk of injury goes up,” he finished.  “We are going to have to be rotating.  The priority is Olimpia because it is a final.”

  • Champions League

    Related News


Valencia enjoying life at Tigres

Any time Enner Valencia is on the field, he is a threat to score.

CONCACAF Weekend Watch (Jan. 19-21, 2018)

CONCACAF.com provides an offering of storylines for you to follow during domestic league action this weekend:

Tigres, Zelarayan aiming for the double

Fresh off a sixth Liga MX title, ambitious Tigres has set its sights even higher in 2018, aiming to repeat as domestic champion and claim an international crown.

Rodriguez returns to Saprissa

Saprissa made its final roster addition for the 2018 Costa Rican Clausura, announcing Wednesday that forward Ariel Rodriguez will return to the club.

Real Esteli, Olivas to part ways

Real Esteli announced Wednesday that head coach Otoniel Olivas will leave the club at the end of the 2018 Nicaraguan Clausura.