Club Name: Club Sport Cartagines
Stadium: Estadio Fello Meza
Nickname(s): Los Brumosos
Manager: Geiner Segura
League Titles: 3 (1923, 1936, 1940)
League Cup: 5
CONCACAF Champions: 1 (1994)
Style of Play
Have you ever listened to the song “Bounce,” by System of A Down? That’s what it feels like watching Cartagines play futbol.
No one plays a more unsustainably high, intense style in all of Costa Rica.
Unlike the rest of the league, there isn’t a specific tactic that preempts Cartagines’ verticality. This is not bunker down and counter. This is not route-one futbol. This is not about second-ball pickups.
This is get fucking forward and fast.
Yes, you can describe Cartagines’ attack as a possession-oriented one; however, it’s possession with a purpose, and it is executed with Kamikaze-like precision. Forward runs off the ball, aggressive carries, penetrating passes and third-man runs are all shoved down the opponent’s throat. It’s wave after wave of relentless attacks until opposing defenses break down.
…or they punish Cartagines in transition.
This is where the “Kamikaze” aspect of Cartagines’ approach backfires. Forward numbers and an aggressively high line are punished by opportunistic opponents. It’s the soccer equivalent of living and dying by the sword, but more than anything, enjoyable to watch.
Note: Not all numbers are confirmed. Players with unconfirmed numbers are listed with positional numbers instead.
Most of Cartagines’ reckless abandonment forward is protected by Mauricio Montero. His ability to cover space in transition neutralizes most counterattacks, but not all. Montero is placed in more difficult spots than any other defensive midfielder in Costa Rica. He isn’t without flaws when he challenges, but he is successful more often than not.
Roger Rojas used to be the most prolific goal scorer in all of Costa Rica. Despite his drop in productivity, Rojas still manages to be a threat inside the area. He never needs more than half a yard to take his chances.
The loss of Christopher Nuñez to Europe cannot be understated. In his absence, Ronaldo Araya has grown into the traditional 10 Cartagines desperately need. He doesn’t possess the individual, 1v1 skill Nuñez displayed last season, but Araya is having zero difficulties creating chances in the attack.
|#||Player Name||Position||Playing Style|
|–||Kevin Briceño||GK||Shot Stopper|
|1||Darryl Parker||GK||Shot Stopper|
|3||William Quiros||RB||Attacking Fullback|
|26||Diego Sanchez||RB||Attacking Fullback|
|4||Elmer Guity||LB||Attacking Fullback|
|5||Jose Gabrial Vargas||CB||Balanced|
|16||Carlos Hernandez||DM||Deep-Lying Playmaker|
|70||Dylan Flores||CM||Creative Playmaker|
|10||Ronaldo Araya||10||Creative Playmaker|
|7||Allan Guevara||10||Creative Playmaker|
|6||Jeikel Venegas||Winger||Playmaking Winger|
|15||Byron Bonilla||Winger||Playmaking Winger|
|9||Andy Reyes||FWD||Advanced Playmaker|
|14||Arturo Campos||9||Mobile Striker|
|21||Roger Rojas||9||Target Man|