Alvarado, Saprissa target UNCAF women’s crown

Saprissa's Katherine Alvarado is lifted in celebration by a teammate. (Photo courtesy of Saprissa)

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – Next week, the first-ever UNCAF Women´s Inter-Club Championship will be contested at the Estadio Ernesto Rohrmoser with six Central American sides aiming to lift the trophy.

For Saprissa midfielder Katherine Alvarado – a key member of the Costa Rica women’s national team -- the tournament represents a chance to grow women’s football in her country, as she hopes to lead the reigning Costa Rican champion to international glory.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for women’s football in Costa Rica and Central America,” Alvarado told  “It’s the first time playing this type of tournament and I am proud to be part of it.  I’m happy to be representing Saprissa and my country.  It means a lot.”

Saprissa has won back-to-back Costa Rican titles thanks to an entertaining brand of football that yielded a 10-0 aggregate win over Arenal Coronado in the 2015 Apertura final.  Alvarado, who has six goals in the 2016 Clausura season, said that fans can expect to see much of the same from her squad.

“I feel like we are a team that has grown a lot,” said the 25-year-old.  “We like to play well.  We like to have the ball, play combinations.  It is a team of quality.”

International competition is nothing new for Alvarado.  She played in all three of Costa Rica’s matches at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and competed in the 2008 FIFA U-17 and the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cups, as well as numerous CONCACAF events.

Now, Alvarado is ready for a taste of international club football.

“I’ve had a chance to play internationally for the national team and that has been good,” she finished.  “This will be a different experience that I have never had.  It is a nice challenge to grow and try to win a title.”

Saprissa will open its UNCAF campaign against Guatemalan runner-up Pares on May 24, before meeting Honduras’ Universidad to complete Group A play two days later.