- Like Alajuelense, Olimpia head into Wednesday’s contest fresh off of a domestic title, as Olimpia defeated Marathon on Sunday to win the 2020 Apertura.
ALAJUELA, Costa Rica – It will be a clash of Concacaf titans on Wednesday night when Alajuelense of Costa Rica host Honduran giants Olimpia in the semifinals of the 2020 Scotiabank Concacaf League at the Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto in Alajuela, Costa Rica.
The 2020 Costa Rican Apertura champions downed Cibao FC of the Dominican Republic 3-0 in the Preliminary Round, before defeating Panama’s San Francisco 1-0 in the Round of 16 and Nicaraguan side Real Esteli 2-1 in the quarterfinals.
Alajuelense have reached the semifinal stage of the tournament with a stifling defense and an opportunistic defense. With just one goal conceded in their three matches, Alajuelense will feel confident that they can clamp down on the Olimpia attack.
Aiding their cause is an attack that has two of the very best attacking midfielders in the Concacaf region in Bryan Ruiz and Alex Lopez. Ruiz scored his first SCL goal in the victory over Real Esteli, while Lopez, who won the 2017 SCL with Olimpia, is a headache for any defense in the final third.
Like Alajuelense, Olimpia head into Wednesday’s contest fresh off of a domestic title, as Olimpia defeated Marathon on Sunday to win the 2020 Apertura.
The Albos will now turn their attention to the SCL and a familiar opponent in Alajuelense. Three years ago in the inaugural edition of the tournament, Olimpia defeated the Costa Rican club 3-0 on aggregate on their way to claiming the first SCL.
Olimpia are now seeking to become the first club to win two SCLs and they will be boosted by an attack that likes to spread the wealth. In their 6-0 Round of 16 win over Managua FC of Nicaragua and 2-0 quarterfinal victory over Honduran rivals Motagua, eight different players accounted for Olimpia’s eight goals.
One of the men to watch will be MF Michaell Chirinos, who currently leads the 2020 SCL in assists with three and is the co-leader in all-time SCL assists with six, two of which have come in the semifinals.
Wednesday’s encounter marks the 20th all-time meeting between these two historic sides, with Olimpia currently holding a slight advantage with a 6W-8D-5L record.
Kick-off is scheduled for 10:00 PM ET and can be seen via TSN.ca/TSN App (Canada), TUDN (USA-Spanish), FS1 (USA-English), ESPN 2 (Central America) and Fox Sports 2 (Mexico).