Tuesday, September 28

Central America Round-Up: Matthew Storms Through

Tropical Depression Matthew made waves this week in the region, resulting in numerous match postponements, many of which will be made up this Wednesday. But while the storm may have upset the scheduled action, underdogs were unable to register any upsets in the games that were played as the favorites were largely unscathed this week as most leagues are at the heart of the campaign.

Note: The TSB Pro Power Rankings will not be issued this week due to the postponements.

Costa Rica

The clash of the top two sides in Group A resulted in a scoreless stalemate with leader Barrio Mexico able to extend its unbeaten run to six matches as host Cartagines was unable to crack the defense of the league’s second best side in the table and defensively. Perez Zeledon, previously last, continued its rise from the bottom with a second consecutive victory and now sits just three points back of Cartagines. The group’s other match was postponed due to field conditions, a fortunate break for Saprissa, which is set to continue CONCACAF Champions League play midweek. Group B leader Alajuelense suffered the same fate as they were unable to find a goal in a scoreless draw, maintaining its unbeaten status. The draw allowed 3-0 winners Herediano to pull within six points of the league leaders though.

Sunday, September 26

Cartagines 0-0 Barrio Mexico

Perez Zeledon 2-1 Limon
Scoring – PZ: Ever Alfaro 12, pen 71… LIM: Kareem McLean 90

Santos de Guapiles 0-0 Alajuelense

San Carlos 0-3 Herediano
Scoring – HER: Victor Nunez 25, Jose Sanchez 69, Froylan Ledezma pen 89

Puntarenas – Saprissa – Postponed due to field conditions

Monday, September 27

Brujas 0-1 Universidad de Costa Rica
Scoring – UCR: Omar Royero 72

El Salvador

Tropical Depression Matthew played havoc in El Salvador, resulting in the postponement of four matches Sunday. Three of the matches will be played Wednesday with the game featuring CCL side FAS as the exception. Saturday’s lone match saw mid-table sides Atletico Balboa and Universidad de El Salvador finish level at 1-1.

Saturday, September 25

Universidad de El Salvador 1-1 Atletico Balboa
Scoring – UES: Ramiro Carballo 10… AB: Juan Campos 39


It was all about the home clubs in round 10 as the host clubs nearly swept with a 5-1-0 record and an aggregate score of 12-3. Leaders Municipal saw little trouble against 11th-place Penarol La Mesilla, marking five straight victories. Juventud Retalteca and Heredia kept pace with victories at home while Marquense saw their share of second slip away with the loss to Juventud which went its fifth in a row without defeat. The lone draw was between mid-table sides Xelaju and Mictlan in the lone match that was played Saturday.

Saturday, September 25

Xelaju 1-1 Mictlan
Scoring – XEL: Nelson Crossa 1… MIC: Luis Rodriguez

Sunday, September 26

Juventud Retalteca 3-0 Marquense
Scoring – JR: Jairo Perez 3, Mynor Figueroa 57, Cristian Vega pen 62

Municipal 3-0 Penarol La Mesilla
Scoring – MUN: Mario Rodriguez 18, 50, Diego Alfonso 75

Xinabajul 1-0 Comunicaciones
Scoring – XIN: Edgar Nunez 67

Heredia 2-1 Suchitepequez
Scoring – HER: Henry Hernandez 21, 92+… SUC: Edwin Villatoro 28

Malacateco 2-1 Universidad San Carlos
Scoring – MAL: Jorge Pailos 3, Sergio Jucup 83… USC: Rodrigo de Leon 75


Also affected by Tropical Depression Matthew, Liga Nacional postponed all five contests.Three matches have been set for Wednesday with the exception of the matches involving CCL clubs Olimpia and Marathon. Olimpia’s match versus Vida is still to be determined while Marathon’s was rescheduled for October 6 against Histpano.


In a week with close-knit contests Friday and Saturday, the lone contest on Sunday finished with a goal total that exceeded the combine number scored the previous two days. League leader San Francisco kicked things off Friday with a win on the road, to extend its unbeaten run to seven. Two of the three clubs tied for second kept pace a point back with Chorrillo and Sporting San Miguelito earning victories while CCL side Arabe Unido played to a scoreless draw on the road against last-place Atletico Veraguense.

Friday, September 24

Tauro 1-2 San Francisco
Scoring – TAU: Julian Martinez 83… SF: Gabriel Torres 22, Eduardo Jimenez 50

Atletico Veraguense 0-0 Arabe Unido

Saturday, September 25

Chorrillo 1-0 Alianza
Scoring – CHO: Delano Welch 30

Chepo 0-0 Plaza Amador
Sunday, September 26

Sporting San Miguelito 5-1 Atletico Chiriqui
Scoring – SSM: Rolando Escobar 38, Victor Herrera 40, 61, Alberto Zapata 41, Richard Dixon 66… AC: Oscar Vargas 73

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