Club Name: AD San Carlos
Stadium: Estadio Carlos Ugalde
Nickname(s): Toros del Norte
Manager: Gustavo Martinez
League Titles: 1 (2019)
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.
- A 5-4-1 low block and counter
- High pressing 4-4-2
- A counterpressing 4-3-3
- 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.
- Direct service to penetrate the final third and completely bypass the midfield
- Direct service to establish possession and exploit individual matchups
- Direct service from wide areas in the final third
Pretty? God no, but it sure is effective.
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.
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.
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.
|#||Player Name||Position||Playing Style|
|1||Jason Vega||GK||Shot Stopper|
|12||Jose David Sanchez||LB||Attacking Fullback|
|24||Jose Sosa||LB||Crossing Specialist|
|13||Adolfo Machado||CB||Ball-Playing Defender|
|19||Juan Luis Perez||CB||Stopper|
|–||Jose Carlos Perez||DM||Destroyer|
|20||Wilmer Azofeifa||CM||Creative Playmaker|
|6||Kadeem Cole||CM||Creative Playmaker|
|8||Fabrizio Ramirez||CM||Deep-Lying Playmaker|
|7||Jeffrey Valverde||RM||Wide Midfielder|
|44||Andrey Soto||LM||Wide Midfielder|
|77||Raheem Cole||Winger||Playmaking Winger|
|10||Rachid Chirino||Winger||Playmaking Winger|
|11||Roberto Cordoba||FWD||Mobile Striker|
|28||Jorman Aguilar||9||Target Man|
|14||Marcos Mena||9||Mobile Striker|
|9||Alvaro Saborio||9||Target Man|