UNCAF final with the flavor of coffee
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica - On Sunday, the latest king of Central American football will be crowned, when Honduras faces Costa Rica in the championship match of the 2013 UNCAF Copa Centroamericana.

It will be a final with the smell and taste of coffee, since both head coaches -- Costa Rica's Jorge Luis Pinto and Luis Fernando Sanchez of Honduras - reign from Colombia, a country well known for its ability to grow the bean that produces the aromatic beverage.

Pinto has made it clear that his number one goal at the moment is to lift the trophy in front of the home crowd, even if he realizes that achievement will have to come against a difficult rival.

"I know Honduras well," Pinto said. "It's a good team with good tactical structure. I know the coach and he structures teams well. I like that.

"We know their points of attack. It's not an easy opponent and it's one of the powers of Central America."

Complicating matters further for both teams is that they've had only a day's rest since winning their semifinal games on Friday (Costa Rica beat El Salvador 2-0, while Honduras overcame Belize 1-0).

"Perhaps [we're tired], but our players are prepared for this and we're on a recovery plan," said Pintio. "We're going to evaluate them."

In Costa Rica, the tournament's host country, the hope is that the home team can recapture the title for the first time since 2007 and after falling to Honduras, 2-1, in the 2011 final.

For his part, Suarez feels that Sunday's encounter will be different from that of two years ago. He suspects that Costa Rica is unlikely to play defensively, as have many of Honduras' opponents thus far in the tournament.

Suarez also holds a high opinion of the Costa Rican forwards, and that his team will need to be organized, but also ambitious in attack, in order to win the Cup.

"We'll play with an offensive orientation, to open up spaces in the Tico defense, and we'll take advantage of our individual skill," he explained.

For the Hondurans, winning the Copa Centroamericana will mean re-affirmation of the title won two years ago, and more.

"We came to comply with what's expected of us in the region, and without a doubt we're taking advantage of the tournament, this being a World Cup qualifying year," said Suarez, who added that he knows Pinto well.

"Don Jorge is a very hard working and meticulous coach, who doesn't like to lose," commented Suarez, adding that Costa Rica is excellent in possession with attackers that give defenses problems. "But we´ve worked on that and we'll find the away to win [Sunday]."

Honduras is looking to win a fourth Central American championship, while Costa Rica could add to its record haul of six. The final between the two most successful teams in the competition's history will be played at 5 p.m. local time.