San Carlos

Club Name: AD San Carlos

Stadium: Estadio Carlos Ugalde

Nickname(s): Toros del Norte

Manager: Gustavo Martinez

Club Honors

League Titles: 1 (2019)

Promotion: 6

Style of Play

You honestly don’t know what you will face when San Carlos lines up on the other side. 

Every tactic but the kitchen sink is a possibility.

  1. A 5-4-1 low block and counter
  2. High pressing 4-4-2
  3. A counterpressing 4-3-3
  4. A direct 3-5-2

At its apex, San Carlos’ approach to the game is the same bastardized version most clubs in Costa Rica rely on: a target man, direct service and width. It’s a sad truth, but when you have the personnel to execute it flawlessly, there’s no need to seek alternatives. The objective is to win games and San Carlos has done its fair share of winning since returning to the first division in 2018.

The direct service comes in three phases.

  1. Direct service to penetrate the final third and completely bypass the midfield
  2. Direct service to establish possession and exploit individual matchups 
  3. Direct service from wide areas in the final third

Pretty? God no, but it sure is effective. 

Best XI

Key Players

Alvaro Saborio

How is this man still producing at a high level? Despite his old age, Alvaro Saborio’s legs are still strong enough for him to be a constant aerial threat. Most, if not all, of San Carlos’ direct approach is predicated on his ability to flick on or trap the ball in midfield. Saborio is more than capable of getting on the end of a cross or two as well.

Christian Martinez

When San Carlos isn’t play a style so direct it completely bypasses the midfield, Christian Martinez is able to display his technical prowess. Martinez often handles the defensive responsibilities of the double pivot, but his passing spectrum makes him an anchor in midfield. He can play between the lines and on a dime when needed.

Jose Sosa

There are very few crossing specialists in Costa Rica. Very. Few. Jose Sosa is one of them. If width and direct service into the area continue to be a crucial part of San Carlos’ approach, Sosa will deliver more inch-perfect crosses than anyone on the roster.

Squad Overview

Note: Players with under 200 minutes last season are not listed. Not all numbers have been confirmed by the club.

#Player NamePositionPlaying Style
31Luis AlpizarGKN/A
30Jason VegaGKN/A
2Carlos MartinezRBBalanced
12Jose David SanchezLBAttacking Fullback
24Jose SosaLBCrossing Specialist
5Alvaro AguilarCBStopper
4Erick CabalcetaCBN/A
13Adolfo MachadoCBBall-Playing Defender
34Juan Luis PerezCBStopper
19Keilor SotoCBSweeper
16Cristian MartinezDMAnchor
23Esteban RodriguezDMBox-to-Box
Jose Carlos PerezDMDestroyer
20Wilmer AzofeifaCMOrchestrator
36Kadeem ColeCMOrchestrator
7Jeffrey ValverdeRMWide Midfielder
77Raheem ColeWingerCreative Playmaker
10Rachid ChirinoWingerCreative Playmaker
11Roberto CordobaFWDMobile Striker
8Kenny CunninghamFWDTarget Man
28Jorman Aguilar9N/A
14Marcos Mena9Mobile Striker
9Alvaro Saborio9Target Man