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Paid Their Dues: Lopez and Myrie meet in Finals

One of these players was voted best player in Europe. The other is Franck Ribery. - Michael Steele

Faryd Mondragon, Porfirio Lopez, and David Myrie are on the verge of picking up some silverware.

Josue Martinez and Porfirio Lopez faced off once again this week. The game ended 1-0, the same score as last week, but this time, Alajuelense got the three points. A 25th minute goal by Redfoo himself secured the victory for LDA. Since leaving the Union, Porfirio has scored two goals, both of them coming in the form of winners against rival side Saprissa. Is Lopez becoming a folk hero in Alajuela? Yes. Porfirio and Alajuelense have now advanced to the finals and will take on David Myrie and Herediano, after they won 5-0 on aggregate over Cartagines. The first match in the home-and-home is set to take place on Monday.

Faryd Mondragon and Deportivo Cali finished off their group stage matches this week, but fans won't be happy with their form headed into the Finals. Cali have allowed five goals in their past two games, and they lost to Deportivo Pasto 3-2 to close out their group play. Cali will host Atletico Nacional today.

Hoffenheim played two matches last week, winning both of them. Kai Herdling tallied early in Hoffenheim's 3-1 DFB Pokal win over Schalke, and played 73 minutes in his club's 2-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt, before being subbed off for Fabian Johnson. Hoffenheim will play Borussia Dortmund this weekend.

Gateshead also played twice last week. Joe Tait came on during extra time in his club's heartbreaking 1-0 FA Cup loss to Oxford United. They defeated 16th placed Lincoln City yesterday, and are now only two points out of the promotion playoffs.

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