• Monday Dec 22, 2003

    Saprissa wins 2003 UNCAF Tournament; Alajuelense qualifies for 2004 CONCACAF Champions Cup

    Deportivo Saprissa (CRC) won the 2003 UNCAF (Unión Centroamericana de Fútbol) Four-Team Final Tournament with a 3:2 victory over CSD Comunicaciones (GUA) at the LA Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California USA on Sunday, while in an earlier encounter, LD Alajuelense (CRC) claimed the final Central American berth to 2004 CONCACAF Champions Cup after defeating CSD Municipal (GUA) 2:0 in the UNCAF third-place match.

    The UNCAF Final saw Dwight Pezzarossi opened the scoring for Comunicaciones in the eighth minute, but Esteban Santana got the equalizer (1:1) for Saprissa in 26th minute of the first half.

    Comunicaciones took the lead again in the 48th minute of the second half with a goal by Sergio Morales, but álvaro Saborío leveled the score (2:2) for Saprissa with a penalty kick goal in the 78th minute. Saborío would score his second goal of the match for Saprissa with two minutes remaining in the 3:2 final.

    In the third-place encounter, Alajuelense used first half goals by érick Jiménez (1st) and Víctor Núñez (11th) to eliminated Municipal from a Champions Cup berth. Alajuelense joins the Saprissa and Comunicaciones as the UNCAF representatives at the CONCACAF event, which begins on 17 March 2004.

    The 2004 eight-team breakdown features two clubs each from Mexico and the USA, one from the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) and three from the UNCAF.

    UNCAF Third-place
    21.12.2003: Los Angeles, California USA; LA Memorial Coliseum (A: 10000)
    érick JIMéNEZ 1'; Victor NÚÑEZ 11'
    Alajuelense: Ricardo González - Luis Marín, Michael Rodríguez, Hárold Wallace, Alexánder Castro, Luis Diego Arnáez, Cristian Montero, Pablo Izaguirre (46: Wílmer López) (74: Warren Granados), Carlos Hernández, érick Jiménez, Víctor Núñez (61: Steven Bryce). Booked: Jiménez 21', Montero 59', Hernández 81'
    TD: Jorge Mario OLGUíN
    Municipal: Danny Ortiz - Selvin Ponciano, German Ruano, Marcelo Saraiva, Denis Chen (46: Claudio Albizuris), Israel Donis, Cristian Chaparro (60: Mauricio Risso), Sergio Guevara, Gonzalo Romero, Juan Carlos Plata, Mario Acevedo (46: Guillermo Ramírez). Booked: Chaparro 33', Ruano 53', Albizuris 62'
    TD: Ever ALMEIDA
    R: Kevin STOTT (USA)

    UNCAF Final
    21.12.2003: Los Angeles, California USA; LA Memorial Coliseum (A: 10000)
    Esteban SANTANA 26'; álvaro SABORíO 78' pen, 88' - Dwight PEZZAROSSI 8'; Sergio MORALES 48'
    Saprissa: Kevin Steward - Andrés Núñez, Rónald González, Víctor Cordero, Juan Esquivel (64: Alonso Solís), José Luis López, Wilson Muñoz, Daniel Torres, José Francisco Alfaro (71: álvaro Saborío), Esteban Santana, Kénneth Vargas (57: Gerald Drummond). Booked: Muñoz 43', Núñez 45', González 49', Torres 76', Solís 90'+, Sent off: none
    TD: Hernán MEDFORD
    Comunicaciones: Edgar Estrada - Rigoberto Gómez, Ariel Macia, Jaime Rosales, Gustavo Cabrera, Ubaldo Pérez, Wálter Alegría, Freddy Thompson, Sergio Morales, Johnny Cubero (74: Martín Machón), Dwight Pezzarossi. Booked: Morales 14', Gómez 15', Thompson 17', Estrada 70', Macia 88', Sent offs: Thompson 70', Gómez 90'
    TD: Horacio CORDERO
    R: Ricardo VALENZUELA (USA)

    2004 Champions Cup Teams
    CFU (1): CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh (TRI) or W Connection FC (TRI)
    MEXICO (2): CF Monterrey (2003 Clausura Champion), CF Pachuca (2004 Apertura Champion)
    UNCAF (3): CSD Communicaciones (GUA), Deportivo Saprissa (CRC), LD Alajuelense (CRC)
    USA (2): Chicago Fire (2003 Major League Soccer Regular Season Champion), San Jose Earthquakes (2003 MLS Cup Champion)

    Quarterfinal Series
    First-Leg: 17 March 2004
    Second-Leg: 24 March 2004

    Semifinal Series
    First-Leg: 14 April 2004
    Second Leg: 21 April 2004

    Final Series
    First-Leg: 4 May 2004
    Second-Leg: 11 May 2004

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