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Paid Their Dues: Porfirio Lopez Lifts Trophy

Captain Porfirio's receiving all the praise following his club's win in the Final of the Costa Rican Apertura.

More like the FROsta Rican Apertura!
More like the FROsta Rican Apertura!
Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIRE

Porfirio Lopez captained Alajuelense to the victory in the Costa Rican Apertura Final on Sunday. The final failed to produce any goals after 210 minutes of play, but LDA came away with the victory after defeating David Myrie and Herediano 5-3 in penalty kicks. Alajuelense have now qualified for the 2014-14 CONCACAF Champions' League. The consensus is that Porfirio was the player of the tournament, and he can be seen lifting the trophy here. Lopez's contract is up at the end of the year, so it will be interesting to see where he ends up. Alajuelense are trying to resign him, but if he opts to leave, it won't be hard for the rock of the best defense in Costa Rica to find work.

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