Monterrey tops Herediano in Suazo farewell match

Humberto Suazo (blue/white jersey) showed glimpses of brilliance as he played for Monterrey in his farewell match against Costa Rica's Herediano on July 10, 2016, in Monterrey, Mexico. (Photo: Mexsport)

MONTERREY, Mexico – Monterrey paid tribute to former star Humberto Suazo by defeating Costa Rica’s Herediano 3-1 in a friendly on Sunday at the Estadio BBVA Bancomer. 

In a match pitting a pair of 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (SCCL) participants against each other, Dorlan Pabon scored two goals as the Rayados bid farewell to the Chilean forward, who retired from football earlier this year.

Suazo, 35, is considered among one of the SCCL’s greatest-ever competitors, winning three titles and scoring 16 goals.

Pabon gave the host a 1-0 lead in the 26th, when he drilled a right-footed shot into the upper-right corner from 26-yards out beyond leaping goalkeeper Leonel Moreira.

In the 52nd minute, Pabon turned provider, delivering a cross low and hard from the right side of the box for Arturo Alfonso Gonzalez to slot in at left post despite Moreira’s scrambling efforts to make a save.

The 2016 Liga MX Clausura runner-up put the game out of reach in the 60th minute thanks again to Pabon’s right foot. On this occasion, his attempt from 35-yards out dipped underneath a diving Moreira before sneaking inside the left post.

Randall Azofiefa converted a penalty kick with nine minutes remaining in normal time for Herediano’s only goal.

Suazo played 67 minutes and left the field to a standing ovation as he gave way to Ismael Dominguez.

Monterrey will open its 2016 Liga MX Apertura campaign on Saturday against visiting Puebla.