Early goals boost Saprissa in SCCL

Francisco Calvo (pictured) scored Saprissa's second goal in Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League win over visiting Dragon on August 18, 2016, in Tibas, San Jose, Costa Rica. (Photo: Imagenes en Costa Rica)


SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – Saprissa opened its 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League quickly, taking an early 2-0 lead over visiting Dragon on the way to a 6-0 win on Thursday.

Rolando Blackburn and Francisco Calvo netted in the fourth and eleventh minutes, respectively. Head coach Carlos Watson credited that initial offensive outburst as the reason why his side ended up registering its largest-ever SCCL triumph.

“The two goals gave us tranquility and confidence,” said Watson. “We fully dominated the first half and there we made the difference.

The Monstruo Morado added another two goals before 25 minutes had passed and tacked on a pair of additional ones late to seal the three points. Despite the wide margin of victory, Watson believes that when the sides meet again on August 25 in El Salvador, it will be a much tighter contest.

“We have no doubt that the match in El Salvador will be difficult,” the 64-year-old expressed. “Here, nothing happened, absolutely nothing. If Dragon wins their two (remaining) matches, they get into the fight for six points, so everything remains the same.”

Blackburn finished the night with two goals, lifting his career SCCL total to seven, including five with Comunicaciones. Although high offensive production was the key to securing three points, Watson maintains that the defense is the secret to Saprissa’s success ultimately.

“We are doing things to reach our goals,” he finished. “We want to play better each day. When something goes bad, you have to stay united. But this is the moment to be critical and we have been that. The base of our work is the defense.”