The San Antonio Scorpions have arranged a friendly with Costa Rican Football’s powerhouse Deportivo Saprissa for their final friendly before the NASL season, the club announced on Tuesday.
The match will be played on April 5th at Toyota Field, and marks the first time the Scorpions have taken on a Costa Rican team, and marks a return to Texas for Saprissa, having played Houston in the CONCACAF Champions League in 2008.
The Costa Rican giants (29 time champions) won the predecessor to the CONCACAF Champions League, the Champions Cup, three times, with the latest coming in 2005.
Despite those dizzying highs, that saw the International Federation of Football History and Statistics name Saprissa the CONCACAF Team of the 20th century the second decade of the 21st century has been rather light.
Saprissa have been trophy-less since the 2010 Clausura, a significant dip in the once behemoth’s fortunes, and they haven’t appeared in the Champions League since 2010-11.
Major League Soccer fans will notice a similar name at the heart of Saprissa’s fall, former Chivas USA owner and MLS villain, Jorge Vergara, having taken over the club.
Despite the fall, and the departure of big name players that has come to all Costa Rican clubs, there is one notable name in the Saprissa squad, in defender Michael Umaña, long term member of the Costa Rican National Team.
Saprissa will prove a big test for the Scorpions, as both teams look to prepare for an assault on the finals, and re-find form.