Paid Their Dues: Former Union Players Excelling in Costa Rica

Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

Porfirio and Myrie stay killin' it; Josue Martinez, Gabriel Farfan, and Carlos Ruiz all have new teams; La Equidad remembers that Lio Pajoy is not good.

Josue Martinez was recently cut by Saprissa due to "poor performance." Since rejoining the club after leaving MLS, Josue played 15 games, starting ten of them, and recorded four goals in that time. It didn't take Martinez long to find a new club though, as he is now with Santos de Guapiles. He started against his old club this week, but revenge was not in the cards, as Saprissa whooped Santos de Guapiles by a score of 4-0. Martinez has started three of three possible matches since joining his new club.

Porfirio Lopez got the start on Thursday, as his club defeated Belen Siglo XXI 3-1. Alajuelense were set to play Cartaginés on Sunday, but the match was postponed due to fights between fans. LDA currently sit two points out of first with a game in hand.

David Myrie was on the field for Herediano's 2-2 draw with Saprissa on Tuesday, but watched on from the bench as his club defeated Pérez Zeledón 3-1 on Sunday. Herediano are the leaders in Costa Rica, but both Alajuelense and Saprissa could overtake them next weekend.

Faryd Mondragon got the start in both of Cali's matches this week. He recorded two clean sheets: one against Cerro Porteño in the Copa Libertadores, and another against Santa Fe in league play.

Since making his debut--a 10-minute, substitute appearance--Lionard Pajoy has not seen the field. La Equidad probably realized what they did.

Carlos Ruiz is back in Guatemala, as he has rejoined Municipal, the club where he started his career over 20 years ago.

Gabriel Farfan has been loaned out to Chiapas of Liga MX, but has yet to make his first team debut in Liga MX competition. He did however play all 90 minutes in Jaguares' Copa MX match against Ascenso MX (Second Division) club Lobos BUAP. Chiapas lost the match 1-0, but progressed to the next round by a 3-1 aggregate.

Kai Herdling started in Hoffenheim's 4-1 win over Stuttgart this weekend, but came off after 62 minutes.

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