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Posted: Monday, May 29, 2023. 5:59 pm CST.

Photo Credit: Verdes FC – Wilton Ixtecoc

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Verdes have been celebrating since Sunday their winning the Premier League of Belize Closing Championship and their qualification to the Concacaf League. The Green Machine triumphed 1-0 and 2-1 over the San Pedro Pirates on Wednesday and Sunday, but they are not alone in celebration.

(Photo Credit: Verdes FC – Wilton Ixtecoc)

(Photo Credit: Verdes FC – Wilton Ixtecoc)

Tigres of the Nuevo León Autonomous University of Monterrey in Mexico are celebrating their eighth championship. On Sunday night, Tigres overcame a 2-0 deficit to beat Chivas of Guadalajara 3-2 in a highly intense final. The first final had gone scoreless.

(Photo Credit: TigresOficial)

Xelajú, also known as Chivos (they use the masculine name for goats as opposed to their Mexican counterparts), are the new Guatemalan champions. On Saturday, Xelajú demolished Antigua 3-0 after falling 2-0 in the first leg of the Finals.

(Photo Credit: Xelaju MC)

In Honduras, Olimpia scored an injury time goal to win the second final 3-2 over Olancho in a game in which they had found themselves on the losing end for quite a while. The first final ended 2-2. The title is Olimpia’s 36th, double that of archrivals Motagua.

(Photo Credit: Olimpia)

In Panama, Club Atlético Independiente, better known as CAIPanamá, triumphed 3-1 over Tauro in a one-game final. CAI are back-to-back champions.

(Photo Credit: CAIPanama)

Saprissa are the back-to-back champions in Costa Rica as well. Los Morados (the Purple Team) overcame a 1-0 loss away in game one and beat Liga Deportiva Alajuelense 3-1 at home to win 3-2 on aggregate.

(Photo Credit: Saprissa)

In Nicaragua, Real Estelí won the championship on a 3-0 aggregate over Diriangén a week earlier on Sunday, May 21. The first game had been scoreless.

(Photo Credit: Real Esteli)

El Salvador cancelled their playoffs and final series after the stampede at the Cuscatlán Stadium which claimed the lives of 12 fans.


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