Club Name: Deportivo Saprissa

Stadium: Estadio Ricardo Saprissa

Nickname(s): Morados, El Monstruo

Manager: Iñaki Alonso

Club Honors

League Titles: 36

CONCACAF Champions League: 3

CONCACAF League: 1 (2019)

FIFA Club World Cup: 3rd Place (2005)

Style of Play

Saprissa deploys a fluid 4-3-3 system that emphasizes dynamic wing play. The fluidity of the front three creates favorable matchups in the attack; however, it’s only made possible by possessing technically proficient wingers that can operate in a natural, or inverted position.

Utilizing width and stretching the back line allows attackers to make timely runs inside the area. Increased numbers in the final third often brings an overlapping fullback, or a third-man run from midfield. The objective is to create overloads in dangerous areas with aggressive carries from wide areas. Opposing defenders are often tasked with making difficult decisions and at pace. 

A lot of pace.

The system has an added dimension. A target man is also an option to draw in the defense, creating opportunities for the wingers to make runs in behind. The supreme technique of the central midfielders makes those long, diagonal, or penetrating passes look commonplace.

Threats exist all over the formation. Goals are not reliant on the front three. Any of the three midfielders can strike from distance as well.

Best XI

Key Players

Mariano Torres

If you ever watch Saprissa and find yourself in awe of a perfectly placed diagonal or penetrating pass, chances are that came off the foot of Mariano Torres. The Argentine will often drop deeper in possession to see more of the ball, so that he can dictate rhythm and tempo.

Jimmy Marin

Jimmy Marin is the definition of dynamic wing play. He is always a threat to make runs in behind the defense, but has no qualms taking down a defender in 1v1 situations. His ability to play inverted and on his natural right side allows him to exploit individual matchups.

Christian Bolaños

Christian Bolaños is nearing the end of his career, but that hasn’t prevented him from being an impactful player in the final third. His versatility allows him to play any of the front three positions and provide service from midfield. Bolaños’ movement often creates space for overlapping fullbacks in the attack, creating dangerous overloads in the final third.

Squad Overview

#Player NamePositionPlaying Style
35Dylan CarvajalGKN/A
1Kevin ChamorroGKN/A
13Aaron CruzGKPenalty Specialist
12Ricardo BlancoRBBalanced
38Sergio CespedesRBAttacking Fullback
39Jordy EvansRBBalanced
19Yostin SalinasRBBalanced
42Matthew BolanosLBAttacking Fullback
34Walter CortesLBAttacking Fullback
29Luis Jose HernandezLBAttacking Fullback
52Aubrey DavidCBStopper
5Kevin EspinozaCBBalanced
4Kendall WastonCBStopper
11Michael BarrantesDMBox-to-Box
6Jaylon HaddenDMDestroyer
8David GuzmanDMBalanced
20Mariano TorresCMDeep-Lying Playmaker
10Marvin Angulo10Creative Playmaker
7Jossimar Pemberton10Creative Playmaker
26Daniel ColindresWingerPlaymaking Winger
80Jimmy MarinWingerInverted Winger
21Julen CorderoFWDMobile Striker
31Tristan DemetriusFWDPlaymaking Winger
2Christian BolanosFWDAdvanced Playmaker
9David RamirezFWDMobile Striker
14Ariel Rodriguez9Poacher
24Orlando Sinclair9Target Man