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Goal-scoring fireworks always expected in SCL semifinals
Olimpia’s Michaell Chirinos (right) and Saprissa’s Marvin Angulo, each with two SCL semifinal goals, will be ones to watch.
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  • Of the 12 semifinal matches played in the SCL, there have been 31 goals.
  • Olimpia’s Michaell Chirinos and Saprissa’s Marvin Angulo, each with two SCL semifinal goals, will be ones to watch.
  • One of the most memorable semifinal results was Olimpia defeating Panama’s Plaza Amador 7-1 in the 2017 semifinal first leg.

MIAMI, Florida – In its short history, the Scotiabank Concacaf League has proven that it provides plenty of fireworks in its semifinal stage. Whether it is an avalanche of goals or a last-minute comeback, the final four of the tournament is not for the faint of heart.

Of the 12 semifinal matches played in the SCL, there have been 31 goals and 19 assists, making for a healthy average of 2.6 goals per match. Nineteen of those goals have come during open play, along with seven headers and two free kicks.

While the two most prolific goal-scorers in SCL semifinal history (Juan Pablo Montes of Motagua, Roger Rojas of CD Olimpia with 3 goals each) won’t be appearing in the 2020 semifinals, Olimpia’s Michaell Chirinos and Saprissa’s Marvin Angulo, each with two SCL semifinal goals, will be ones to watch.

On top of his two goals, Chirinos has two assists in the SCL semifinal round, while Angulo has one of the two free kick goals scored.

Two years later Olimpia was once again a participant in a memorable semifinal, this time narrowly falling 4-3 to Saprissa in which David Ramirez scored the latest goal in SCL semifinal history.

The goals scored in the SCL semifinals are not just reserved for forwards. While strikers account for 16 of them, midfielders and defenders have contributed 12 and three goals, respectively.

Two of the three top-scoring clubs in the SCL semifinals will also be in action. 2017 SCL champions Olimpia have an astounding 11 goals to their name in just four previous SCL semifinal matches, while 2019 SCL winners Saprissa have scored four times in the final four of the tournament.

One of the most memorable semifinal results was Olimpia defeating Panama’s Plaza Amador 7-1 in the 2017 semifinal first leg, which remains the lone away victory in a SCL semifinal.

Two years later Olimpia was once again a participant in a memorable semifinal, this time narrowly falling 4-3 to Saprissa in which David Ramirez scored the latest goal in SCL semifinal history, by tallying the series-winning score at the 3:53 mark of second half stoppage time.

The SCL semifinals do not discriminate by age, with former Saprissa FW Manfred Ugalde holding the record for the youngest player to score in the SCL semifinals at 17 years and five months in the 4-1 second leg win against Olimpia in the 2019 edition.

Legendary Honduran striker Caro Costly remains the oldest player to score in a SCL semifinal at 35 years and three months when he netted a goal for Olimpia in their 7-1 win at Plaza Amador.

The past three editions of the SCL are proof enough that the Olimpia-Alajuelense and Saprissa-Arcahaie FC semifinals on January 20 should provide many more goal-scoring fireworks.

 
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