Sporting FC

Club Name: Sporting Futbol Club

Stadium: Estadio Ernesto Rohrmoser

Nickname(s): Albinegro

Manager: Jose Giacone

Club Honors

Promotion: 1 (2020)

Style of Play

Defending isn’t a tactic for Sporting FC, it’s a lifestyle.

Formations aside, the soul of Sporting’s approach to the game is to defend first, pray second and score third. Well, attempt to score third. The entire formation settles into a low block 30-40 yards from goal. The opposition has complete freedom to pass around the entire formation, just never through it.

Long diagonals, balls over the top (against a keeper-sweeper) and shots from distance are conceded to an extent. Center backs with stopper qualities play a key role in intercepting balls, challenging attackers in wide areas and blocking shooting lanes in front of goal. Frustration builds over time, as opposing attacks find ways to unlock a stubborn defense.

When attackers attempt to cut through the teeth of the defense, they are met with an aggressive press designed to create turnovers and switch possession of the ball. Counterattacks are sparked in these moments. They’re just not consistently successful. 

Chances are few and far between. Sporting is too defensive-oriented, but so long as the opposition is suffocated, Sporting always has a puncher’s chance.

Best XI

KEY PLAYERS

Luis Flores

Luis Flores is an impactful defensive midfielder. The problem is he doesn’t always get to play as a defensive midfielder. His talents are wasted when he’s forced to step in at right wing-back. As a true 6, his passing range and perfectly weighted balls help Sporting in transition. 

Harry Rojas/Diego Madrigal

Pace and the ability to run with the ball under pressure is vital for Sporting’s attack. Well, counterattack. The arrival of Harry Rojas will serve as a major boost in that phase of play and compliment Diego Madrigal’s pace on the opposite side perfectly. 

SQUAD OVERVIEW

#Player NamePositionPlaying Style
27Adrian PeraltaGKKeeper Sweeper
23Alexander LezcanoGKShot Stopper
1Adonis PinedaGKN/A
3Dennis CastilloRBDefending Fullback
19Junior DelgadoRBDefending Fullback
16Jose Luis QuirosRBDefending Fullback
29Riogoberto JimenezLBAttacking Fullback
2Josue RodriguezLBBalanced
24Rudy DawsonCBStopper
4Jaikel MedinaCBStopper
21Roy MillerCBStopper
26Allan MirandaCBN/A
28Joaquin AguirreDMDestroyer
12Randall AzofeifaDMDeep-Lying Playmaker
5Luis FloresDMDeep-Lying Playmaker
18Rashir ParkinsDMDestroyer
20Randy ChirinoCMCreative Playmaker
11Alvaro Sanchez10Classic 10
10Bryan Vega10Creative Playmaker
8Esteban RamirezRMWide Midfielder
6Geancarlo CastroWingerPlaymaking Winger
7Diego MadrigalWingerPlaymaking Winger
22Harry RojasWingerPlaymaking Winger
9Franco Caballero9Target Man
32Hernan Fener9Target Man
17Josue Martinez9Target Man
25Reiby Smith9Target Man