SAN JOSE, Costa Rica– Costa Rican side Deportivo Saprissa is in good position to close out its 2019 Scotiabank Concacaf League Preliminary Round series with the Belmopan Bandits of Belize on Wednesday night at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Ayma in San Jose, Costa Rica.
The three-time Concacaf champions earned a 3-1 win in last week’s first leg in Belize, giving them a healthy advantage heading into Wednesday’s return leg.
Last week’s victory was quite the Concacaf debut for Saprissa FW Manfred Ugalde.
The 17-year-old FW showed poise and composure beyond his years in notching a pair of goals and will look to do the same on Wednesday to seal Saprissa’s spot in the 2019 SCL quarterfinals.
Bandits showed plenty of fight though in the first leg thanks to Jefrie James, whose long-range strike earned Belmopan its lone goal.
James and company would like nothing more than a quick start on Wednesday to get the tie back on level terms and put the Monstruo Morado on its heels.
- Note: The winner of this match will play against CD Aguila in the Round of 16
R: TORRES, JOSE RAUL (Puerto Rico)
AR1: MORALES GARCIA, JAIRO (Puerto Rico)
AR2: SOLA-MORALES, LIMANUEL (Puerto Rico)
4TH OFFICIAL: ANDERSON ABRAMS, WILLIAM RENE (Puerto Rico)