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Canadian soccer player Manjrekar James recruited by La Liga in Costa Rica

The club has played a pivotal role in the evolution of soccer in Costa Rica

par Yves Pepito Malette
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Just a few days Just a few days after announcing advanced negotiations between the Costa Rican club LD Alajuelense and Canadian defender Manjrekar James from Forge, we are pleased to announce that his transfer is now confirmed.

La Liga Deportiva Alajuelense, also known as Alajuelense or simply «La Liga,» is one of the most prestigious soccer clubs in Costa Rica. Founded on June 18, 1919, this club is based in Alajuela, a city located in the heart of the central valley of Costa Rica. La Liga is not only one of the most popular clubs but also one of the most decorated in the country, boasting a rich history of success in Costa Rican soccer.

Manjrekar James concludes an exceptional year in Hamilton, where he played a crucial role as an indispensable defender, helping Forge defend its title throughout the season. The Canadian international shone by leading the Canadian Premier League (CPL) in several statistical categories, including clearances (81), recoveries (190), duels won (161), and passes (1782), playing 31 matches during the year.

The finalist for the Defender of the Year award leaves big shoes to fill, barely a season after proving himself as a worthy successor to Daniel Krutzen. Forge FC ended the year 2023 with the second fewest goals conceded among all CPL clubs.

This marks the eleventh club James will have played for in his illustrious career, having participated in competitions such as the UEFA Champions League, won domestic championships and cups in Denmark, and earned a trophy representing his home country, Canada, on seventeen occasions.

His new club, Alajuelense, had a historic season by winning the first edition of the Concacaf Central American Cup, defeating the Nicaraguan team Real Esteli with an aggregate score of 1-4. Additionally, Alajuelense achieved a double by capturing the Costa Rican Cup after being finalists in the Costa Rican opening phase in 2023.

Like Forge, Alajuelense will participate in the upcoming edition of the Concacaf Champions League, and it is even possible that they will face their CPL rivals, Cavalry FC, on the way to the final.

«Manjrekar showed unwavering commitment to our club this season, embracing our culture and playing a central role in securing the fourth Canadian Premier League title for the club. We wish him the best for the next stage of his career.»

– Bobby Smyrniotis, the coach of Forge FC

Here are some key points to note about La Liga Deportiva Alajuelense:

Colors and Nickname: The team proudly sports the traditional red and black colors, earning them the nickname «rojinegros.» Fans, known as «manudos,» are known for their passionate support.

Stadium: La Liga plays their home matches at the Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium, also located in Alajuela. The stadium has a capacity of approximately 17,895 spectators.

History and Success: La Liga has a rich history of success in Costa Rica, winning numerous national championships and regularly competing for the title in the Primera División de Costa Rica. The club has also participated in international competitions, including the CONCACAF Champions League.

Rivalries: La Liga maintains an intense rivalry with Club Sport Herediano, another leading Costa Rican club. Matches between these two teams are called the «Clásico» and are among the most anticipated events on the Costa Rican soccer calendar.

Supporters: Fans of La Liga Deportiva Alajuelense are among the most devoted in the country. They are known for their loyalty and unwavering passion for the club, creating an electric atmosphere during home matches.

La Liga Deportiva Alajuelense has played a pivotal role in the evolution of soccer in Costa Rica and remains an indispensable force in the Costa Rican landscape. The club enjoys a loyal fan base and a tradition of success that commands respect in Costa Rica.


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