MIAMI, Florida – The four semifinalists from the 2020 Scotiabank Concacaf League – Olimpia (HON), Alajuelense (CRC), Deportivo Saprissa (CRC) and Arcahaie (HAI) -- all stayed plenty busy during the holiday season and maintained great form in their respective domestic leagues.
Since their semifinal exit from the 2020 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League, Olimpia have played four matches in the Honduran postseason for the 2020 Apertura.
As winner of Group B during the regular season, Olimpia squared off with Marathon in a Final between groups winners and were narrowly defeated 3-2 on aggregate.
However, the Albos have rebounded nicely and eliminated Vida 3-0 on aggregate in the semifinals of the playoffs and next will face rivals Motagua in the playoff Final, with the winner advancing to the Grand Final against Marathon.
Alajuelense capped a very successful 2020 season by winning the 2020 Costa Rican Apertura, defeating Herediano 2-0 on aggregate in a two-legged Final.
Alajuelense finished with the best overall record during the regular season with a mark of 12W-1D-3L and continued that momentum into the playoffs where they eliminated Cartagines 4-3 in the semifinals before defeating Herediano. It was Alajuelense’s first domestic title in seven years and their 30th overall.
Fellow Costa Rican club and SCL semifinalists Saprissa also enjoyed a successful season by finishing with the second-best record overall during the regular season at 9W-3D-4L before being eliminated in the semifinals by Herediano. Current SCL leading scorer Johan Venegas (6 goals) finished the 2020 Apertura with nine goals.
It has also been a fruitful season on the domestic front for Haiti’s Arcahaie, who have reached the Apertura Final in the Ligue Haitienne.
On Sunday, Arcahaie defeated 2019 SCL participant AS Capoise 2-0 in a penalty shootout after a 0-0 draw on aggregate between the two sides. GK Guerry Romondt was the hero in stopping three of four penalty attempts.
Arcahaie will face Violette in the Final.