• Sunday Sep 24, 2017

    Santos counting on experience in SCL final

    Kenny Cunningham (right) scored the only goal in Santos de Guapiles’ 2017 Scotiabank CONCACAF League semifinal series against Arabe Unido. (Photo: Imagenes en Costa Rica)

    SAN JOSE, Costa RicaJust because Santos de Guapiles has earned a placed in its first CONCACAF final, don’t think for a second that Costa Rican side lacks big-game experience.

    Santos, which is slated to face Olimpia in next month’s two-legged Scotiabank CONCACAF League decider, will rely on a roster filled with veteran performers possessing abundant familiarity with international competitions and domestic finals.

    “We have players with experience in these types of matches because they have played finals,” said Santos head coach Johnny Chaves.  “We already have a game plan and style.  The mental part is important.  If we fall into the emotional part, we won’t come out well.  It is a final in which we need that experience.”

    Members of that experienced contingent include:

    Kenny Cunningham, Midfielder/Forward (32)

    - played in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (SSCL) with Herediano (2015/16) and in the Copa Libertadores (The Strongest: 2013).

    Cristhian Lagos, Forward (33):

    - played in five SCCL editions with three different teams (Herediano, Alajuelense, Brujas), scoring two goals

    Juan Diego Madrigal, Defender (30)

    - earned seven caps for Costa Rica, including two in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup and four with the 2013 Copa Centroamericana championship-winning squad

    That trio, along with the rest of the Santos squad, will be put to the test by a team seeking to qualify for a 10th straight SCCL: Honduras’ Olimpia.

    Chaves is eager to start doing the homework necessary in preparation for the first leg on October 19 at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano in San Pedto Sula, Honduras.

    “[Olimpia] is a team with a lot of power,” the 56-year-old Chaves finished.  “They are more than Carlo Costly.  They have a style.  (Head coach Carlos) Restrepo made them champions before.  Now begins the studying.  We have a program that gives us a lot of videos and stats of our opponents.  I saw them against (El Salvador’s) Alianza in the two matches.  We should take away from them where they are strong.”

    Santos will host the second leg on October 26 at the Estadio Nacional in San Jose, Costa Rica.

  • Champions League

    Related News



RELATED NEWS YOU'LL LIKE

Tigres lifts Liga MX Apertura trophy

Tigres rallied to earn a 2-1 win over host Monterrey in the second leg of their 2017 Liga MX Apertura final on Sunday night to capture the series 3-2 on aggregate.

Panama int’l Cooper caps 2017 with MLS Cup crown

In a matter of seconds during the MLS Cup final Saturday night, Armando Cooper's luck quickly went from bad to good.

Toronto FC captures MLS Cup title

A pair of second-half goals earned Toronto FC a 2-0 victory over visiting Seattle Sounders FC in the MLS Cup final on Saturday night .

Guzman scores, Pachuca to face Gremio in FCWC semifinals

Pachuca secured a place in the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup semifinals on the strength of a 1-0 win after extra time over 10-man Wydad Athletic Club.

At home, Monterrey targets Liga MX trophy

Monterrey is feeling good about its chances of winning a fifth Liga MX title following Thursday’s 1-1 draw at city-rival Tigres.