MIAMI, Florida – To play at a top level for both club and country is not easy, especially within the very competitive landscape of Concacaf.
Yet a select number of players have shown so far this season that they are capable of excelling for their respective club and national team.
One of the names that comes to mind is El Salvador and Alianza MF Marvin Monterroza. In the Scotiabank Concacaf League, Monterroza has been the leader for the Albos, managing things in midfield and contributing a goal in the 6-1 first leg win over San Francisco of Panama in the Preliminary Round.
Monterroza also starred in the Round of 16 versus Tauro of Panama, with an assist on Ivan Mancia’s goal, which proved to be the series-clinching score to send Alianza to the quarterfinal round.
In the Concacaf Nations League, Monterroza helped El Salvador to a 3-0 win over Saint Lucia in Group B of League B, and always seemed be in the mix, with three steals and seven shots in the Cuscatlecos’ two matches.
Another player who has flourished in both competitions is Comunicaciones and Guatemala MF Jorge Vargas. The 26-year-old scored the winning goal in the 2-1 win for Comunicaciones over Marathon of Honduras in the first leg of the SCL Preliminary Round.
He also found the back of the net for the national team, tallying the first goal in Guatemala’s 10-0 win over Anguilla, making him the only player this far to have scored in both the SCL and the CNL.
There has been no shortage of stellar performances from the goalkeeping ranks, with SV Robinhood and Suriname GL Claidel Kohinor among the best.
Kohinor played a massive role in helping the 2019 Concacaf Caribbean Club Shield winners advance to the SCL Round of 16 with a number of top-notch saves in the Preliminary Round versus AS Capoise of Haiti.
Kohinor was just as superb while on duty with the Suriname National Team, manning the posts in a 2-1 win at Dominica before registering a clean sheet in a 6-0 win against Nicaragua.