Rolando Blackburn (pictured) scored in his Saprissa debut against visiting San Carlos on July 16, 2016, in San Jose, Costa Rica. (Photo courtesy of Saprissa)
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – Rolando Blackburn got his Saprissa career off to a rousing start on Saturday, when he scored five minutes after entering as a halftime substitute in the host’s 3-3 Invierno opening draw with San Carlos.
The Panamanian forward, who joined from Guatemalan side Comunicaciones during the offseason, became just the sixth foreign player to score in his debut for the Monstruo Morado.
“I’m happy,” said Blackburn. “Thank God, I got a goal in the first match. I hope it continues like that. That’s how forwards are, you have to be there at the right moment. Now we have to continue working as a team.”
With Saprissa’s Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League campaign slated to start on August 18 against visiting Dragon, Blackburn’s experience and success in the competition could prove pivotal. He has struck for five career SCCL goals, all with Comunicaciones across the last two editions.
Rather than focus on himself, though, the 26-year-old preferred to talk about Saprissa.
“What comes first is that the team is going well and that we can fight to be in the final,” he stressed.
Nevertheless, the humble Canalero is quickly becoming a fan favorite and hopes to keep hearing the cheers.
“Since the first day I came they (the fans) supported me,” finished Blackburn. “I hope it keeps going.”
Saprissa returns to action Thursday at UCR.