CONCACAF.com takes a look at the best performances and most interesting stories in CONCACAF Weekend’s Best.
STUNNING PLATENSE RALLY ENDS MOTAGUA UNBEATEN RUN
On Sunday, with a seemingly comfortable 3-0 lead over last-place Platense (2-1-4, 7) and 32 minutes remaining in normal time, Motagua (3-4-1, 13) was poised to remain undefeated in the 2017 Honduran Apertura. Then, the host stormed back with four unanswered goals to earn an improbable 4-3 win. Eddie Hernandez (16’, 55’) and Rubilio Castillo (58’) struck for the Ciclon Azul before an hour passed, but Platense was undaunted. Brunet Hay (65’) pulled a goal back to start a stunning Tiburon roll, as Fabian Castillo (79’), Alexander Aguilar (87’) and Brayan Figueroa (89’) all followed with goals of their own.
MULLINS NETS FOUR GOALS IN D.C. UNITED WIN
Patrick Mullins (57; 60, 68’, 88’) became the 11th player in MLS history to score four goals in a single match, leading D.C. United to a 4-0 win over the visiting San Jose Earthquakes. It was the 25-year-old forward’s first goals of the season after going scoreless in his previous 15 outings. Mullins, who scored four goals in a game for the first time, is the first United player to accomplish the feat since Abdul Thompson Conteh in 2001. His four goals over 31 minutes is the fastest in league history.
CUNNIGHAM STAYS HOT, SANTOS DE GUAPILES STOPS SAPRISSA
Just three days after earning a spot in the 2017 Scotiabank CONCACAF League (SCL), Santos de Guapiles (4-4-2, 16) extended its unbeaten run in Costa Rican Invierno play to four games with an impressive 3-2 win over then-first place Saprissa (7-1-3, 22). Kenny Cunningham, who scored the semifinal goal that sealed Santos’s advancement over Arabe Unido, netted a brace against the Monstruo Morado. The 32-year-old attacker made it 1-0 in the 30th minute and struck for the game-winner in the 77th minute. Cristhian Lagos’ also scored for Santos, converting a 69th-minute penalty kick to level the score at 2-2.
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC EXTEND UNBEATEN RUN, REMAIN IN FIRST
Vancouver Whitecaps FC improved to 5-2-0 in its last seven Major League Soccer matches with a 2-1 win over the visiting Colorado Rapids on Saturday. Goals Fredy Montero (4’) and Yordy Reyna (54’) sandwiched a Dominique Badji (54’) strike. Reyna has scored five goals this season, all of them game-winners. Whitecaps FC (14-6-9, 48) holds a slim lead atop the Western Conference table as the Portland Timbers and Sporting Kansas City both trail by a single point.
ALIANZA DOES IT AGAIN
Through 11 games in the 2017 Salvadoran Apertura, first-place Alianza (7-4-0, 25) is still unbeaten after topping Aguila, 3-1, on Sunday. Marvin Monterrosa (53’, 55’) scored twice for the Albos, which holds a five-point advantage over second-place Isidro Metapan (6-2-3, 20).
CONCACAF STARS SCORE IN EUROPE
Over the weekend, CONACACF internationals found the back of the net in European domestic play. Mexico’s Javier Hernandez (65’) scored as West Ham lost 3-2 to visiting Tottenham, while Costa Rica's Celso Borges (53’) struck for Deprtivo La Coruna’s lone goal in a 4-1 setback at Espanyol.