Soccer  > General Soccer  > Toluca and Puerto Rico to battle for Group D supremacy
September 13, 2010, 05:34 PM
The marquee matchup of Group D will be at Estadio Nemesio Diez Wednesday night when co-leaders Toluca and the Puerto Rico Islanders square off.

Both teams have four points from their first two games - Toluca played FAS to a 0-0 tie and defeated Olimpia 4-0, while Puerto Rico drew 1-1 with Olimpia and downed FAS 4-1.

Nicholas Addlery has two goals in the group stage to lead Puerto Rico, but suffered an injury and is unlikely to play against Toluca. The Red Devils have been led by midfielder Juan Cuevas, who also has two goals.

Puerto Rico defeated the Austin Aztex 3-1 Saturday at Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel. Noah Delgado, Jonathan Fana Farias and Kendall Jagdeosingh scored for the Islanders, which snapped a three-game winless streak in the USSF Division-2 Pro League.

With three games left in the regular season, Puerto Rico is in fourth place in the USL Conference with 36 points from 27 matches.

"It definitely helps," Puerto Rico coach Colin Clarke said, referring to his team's confidence. "However, on Wednesday we will have a tough match. But we are always ready for challenges and this will be a big one for us."

On Friday, Toluca played Necaxa to a 0-0 draw at Nemesio Diez, extending its unbeaten streak in the Mexican Apertura to six games. Jose Manuel de la Torre's side is second in Group 2 with 10 points from seven matches, two points behind America, its opponent on the weekend.

While they're not out of contention, FAS and Olimpia will be playing for their Champions League lives when they meet at Estadio Tiburcio Carias Andino Thursday in Tegucigalpa. Both teams are tied with one point apiece from their first two matches.

With four points from six matches, FAS is also struggling in the Salvadoran Apertura. On Saturday, FAS fell to Universidad de El Salvador 2-1 with Argentine Alejandro Bentos scoring the lone goal in the 62nd minute.

Olimpia, which is seventh in the Honduran Apertura with seven points from six matches, fell to Platense 1-0 on Michel Rivera's seventh-minute penalty kick. Olimpia extended its domestic winless streak to five games.

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