CARSON, Calif. -- No one on the LA Galaxy is more familiar with Costa Rican soccer than midfielder Marcelo Sarvas.
Sarvas spent two tournaments with L.D. Alajuelense helping Liga win the 2011 Invierno (summer) title and 2011 Verano (winter) title. During that time, he became a major celebrity in the land of Pura Vida as evidenced by his incredible reception when the Galaxy took on Herediano in the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League.
During his time with Alajuelense, Sarvas was able to take on the Galaxy in the 2011-12 CCL tournament and is very familiar of what will be going through the minds of the Cartaginés players on Tuesday night at StubHub Center.
“I expect a team that’s going to come with a lot of energy. It was the same for me two years ago when I came here,” said Sarvas. “You want to show yourself to the Galaxy and look for new options [to play]. Costa Rican players are good on the ball, not too much organization in the field. I expect a good game.”
Sarvas is also very familiar with the culture at Costa Rica’s oldest club.
“They a good history in Costa Rica, but they went almost 70 years without a championshi," said Sarvas. "They have a good fan base, a good city around them, and they’re a good club. They used to be a big club.”
Will the Costa Ricans opt to bunker against a stronger Galaxy side? Unlikely says Sarvas.
“I think that they’ll be a little bit scared when they see the size of the field because it’s not usual for them to play on this type of field. It’s hard to think about that. In Costa Rica, they don’t have that much organization, so if they sit back, it’s not the best for them because they don’t keep the lines and it’s not what they normally do.”