One week from today, Vancouver Whitecaps FC will play one of their most important home games of the season.
The ‘Caps are back in the Concacaf Champions League starting next Wednesday, March 8 in the first leg against Honduras side Real C.D. España.
Last month we updated on the start to their season. Here is how they have done since then:
The San Pedro Sula based club sit in fifth place with 12 points through nine matches.
- Jhow Benavídez
- Pedro Báez
- Claudio Innella
- Ramiro Rocca
- Juan Ignacio Vieyra
- Miguel Carrasco
- José Reyes
- Darixon Vuelto
- Mayron Ariel Flores Zavala
Real España 0-1 C.D. Olimpia
A tight match with the first place Olimpia was scoreless through 80 minutes, before a red card to Claudio Innella and penalty kick gave Olimpia the win.
UPNFM 1-1 Real España
The Lobos of Universidad Pedagógica Nacional Francisco Morazán, the surprise team of the season in Honduras, provided another tough test. Real España took the lead in the 78th minute through leading scorer and Honduras national team attacking midfielder Jhow Benavídez. However a very late 90’+8 minute penalty for the Lobos ended the match 1-1.
Vida 2-2 Real España
Real España twice came from a goal down, capitalizing on a 57th minute red card to equalize 2-2 in the 73rd minute, before a second late red card to Vida in stoppage time.
Real España 1-1 Olancho
Olancho have been another surprise in Honduras this season. Real España took the lead in the 10th minute from newcomer Juan Vieyra. It was the second straight match with a goal for the Argentine winger acquired from rivals Marathón. But they couldn’t hold the lead, conceding a second half equalizer in the 51st minute.
Real España will play two more league games before heading to Vancouver. They face Victoria on Wednesday, March 1, and then host Motagua on Saturday, March 4.