CONCACAF.com takes a look at the best performances and most interesting stories in CONCACAF Weekend’s Best.
First-place Monterrey (8W-3D-0L, 27) remained unbeaten in the 2017 Liga MX Apertura with a 2-0 win over 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League champion Pachuca on Saturday. The host, which has conceded a league-low seven goals, improved to 6-0-0 at home thanks to goals by Rogelio Funes Mori (23’) and Aviles Hurtado (67’).
LEON REMAINS ON ROLL
Leon (7-1-4, 22) extended its winning streak in Liga MX Apertura play to five consecutive games Saturday with a 1-0 win over visiting Tigres (5-4-2, 19). The Panzas Verdes climbed up to third place on Elias Hernandez’s 83rd-minute goal. Mauro Boselli saw his scoring run for Leon come to an end at eight matches. He still leads the league with nine goals.
UNBEATEN ALIANZA TESTED BY SANTA TECLA
First-place Alianza’s (9-5-0, 32) three-match winning streak ended, but it remained unbeaten in the Salvadoran Apertura with a 1-1 draw at second-place Santa Tecla (5-7-2, 22) on Sunday. Kevin Reyes (65’) equalized for the host after Gustavo Guerreño gave the Albos a 1-0 lead.
HAT-TRICK HERO: NIKOLIC FUELS CHICAGO FIRE
Nemanja Nikolic’s remarkable first season in Major League Soccer continued Sunday, when he scored all three goals (3’, 64’ pen, 78’) in the Chicago Fire’s 3-2 win over the visiting Philadelphia Union. The 29-year-old forward brought his league-leading goal haul to 24.
TAURO TURNS UP HEAT
Tauro FC (8-6-1, 30) took over sole possession of first place in the Panamanian Apertura, earning a 2-0 victory over visiting Sporting San Miguelito (2-7-6, 13) on Sunday. Edwin Aguilar (60’) and Amir White (78’) netted in the win as the Toros de Pedregal took maximum points for the third time in as many games.
FIVE ON THE TROT FOR MARATHON
First-place Marathon (7-1-3, 22) topped host Platense (2-1-7, 7) on Sunday, 3-0, extending its winning streak in the Honduran Apertura to five games. Justin Arboleda (39’), Yaudel Lahera (78’) and Junior Lacayo (88’) struck for the Monstruo Verde.
DEFENSE MAKES STATEMENT FOR SANTOS DE GUAPILES
After conceding four goals in each of its losses on Sept. 27 (1-4 home loss v Herediano) and Oct. 1 (1-4 away loss v Perez Zeledon), Santos de Guapiles’ defense has showed new life in two straight wins. On Sunday, the 2017 Scotiabank CONCACAF League finalist earned a 4-0 win over host Guadalupe, meaning that it has allowed only one goal in the last 189 minutes of Costa Rican Invierno play. Santos (6-4-4, 22) has moved up into fourth place.