• Friday Jul 22, 2016

    Saprissa offense in midseason form

    Saprissa's Fabrizo Ronchetti (pictured) scored two goals in his Costa Rican league debut at UCR on July 21, 2016. (Photo courtesy of Saprissa)

    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – Fabrizo Ronchetti scored two goals on his official debut and visiting Saprissa registered a 3-0 win over UCR at the Estadio Jose Joaqun Colleya Fonseca.

    The victory improved the Monstruo Morado to 1W-1D-0L in the 2016 Costa Rican Invierno, with league-best six goals scored.

    "It was a close and competitive game,” said Saprissa head coach Carlos Watson. “Maybe the score can make it look easy but it wasn’t,” The" U" is a very difficult team traits of a different profile to other teams.”

    Saprissa also netted three goals in a season-opening draw with San Carlos on Saturday. Watson is very pleased with the early-season production of his offense.

    “"In two rounds, we’ve scored six goals and that's positive,” he commented. “It gives a lot of confidence but we know we have a lot to improve.”

    After a scoreless first half, the 30-year-old Ronchetti – an offseason addition from Cartagines – gave Saprissa a 2-0 lead with goals in the 49th and 78th minutes. Roy Miller completed the scoreline with five minutes left in normal time.

    Goalkeeper Danny Carvajal was outstanding in registering a clean sheet, a fact that also drew Watson’s praise.

    "It's not the first time Danny Carvajal is decisive,” remarked the 64-year-old. “He is a goalkeeper who has given us championships. He, like all the team, did a great job."

    Saprissa, a 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League participant, will host Carmelita on Sunday.

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