Club Name: Municipal Perez Zeledon
Stadium: Estadio Municipal Perez Zeledon
Nickname(s): Guerreros del Sur
Manager: Paulo Wanchope
League Titles: 1 (2017)
Style of Play
When you’re led Paulo Wanchope, you’re going to play a specific way. I mean…have you seen the way this dude dresses? You talk about well put together.
Perez Zeledon’s style of play is no different.
It’s important to note that Wanchope’s approach to his team is not suicidal. He isn’t rigidly married to one way of playing and one way only. Necessary adjustments to the attack are made; however, no team wants to build from the back and play a possession-oriented style more than Perez Zeledon.
The objective is to go from the goalkeeper to the opposing goal. Ball to feet, play the way you face, one-touch passes, all the possession cliches are utilized when Perez Zeledon is on the ball. Direct passes are not launched, they are chipped with precision.
Every pass has its purpose.
In the final third, quick, 1-2 combinations and runs off the ball generate most of the scoring chances. Interchanging play between the striker and attacking midfielders wreak havoc on opposing center backs.
In short, Perez Zeledon wants to be the Manchester City of Costa Rica. The problem is the roster is closer to Sheffield United’s.
One of Perez Zeledon’s glaring flaws is the lack of a true goal scorer. Gabriel Leiva is the closest thing on the roster. He is often pigeon-holed into a role that fits the system. Despite that, Leiva still manages to generate scoring chances and finish quite a few on his own.
Henrique Moura anchors what is largely a shaky defense. Most of that has to do with the lack of a true partner for Moura. There is no Robin to his Batman, at least not consistently. Still, Moura remains a solid defender and the last line for opposing attacks.
Luis Stewart Perez
Interchanging roles are key in Wanchope’s system. No player is capable of playing multiple roles for Perez Zeledon than Luis Stewart Perez. Perez is dynamic enough to be a consistent threat on the wing, but skillful enough to be an impactful player in central areas. He can dictate possession and create opportunities.
|#||Player Name||Position||Playing Style|
|14||Minor Alvarez||GK||Shot Stopper|
|1||Diego Rivas||GK||Shot Stopper|
|17||Luis Perez||RB||Attacking Fullback|
|13||Daniel Villegas||LB||Attacking Fullback|
|4||Guillermo Villalobos||CB||Ball-Playing Defender|
|24||Luis Barrantes||CM||Deep-Lying Playmaker|
|70||Francisco Regis||CM||Deep-Lying Playmaker|
|26||Axel Amador||10||Creative Playmaker|
|25||Anderson Barboza||10||Creative Playmaker|
|8||Jose Paulo Rodriguez||10||Creative Playmaker|
|34||Leonardo Castillo||Winger||Playmaking Winger|
|19||Geancarlo Castro||Winger||Playmaking Winger|
|7||Edder Solorzano||Winger||Playmaking Winger|
|10||Luis Stwart Perez||FWD||Advanced Playmaker|
|9||Gabriel Leiva||FWD||Mobile Striker|
|11||Rafael Agamez||9||Target Man|
|88||Starling Matarrita||9||Target Man|
|32||Justin Monge||9||Mobile Striker|