Saprissa scores late to tie Islanders 1-1

September 23, 2009

A late stoppage time equalizer from the visiting Deportivo Saprissa of Costa Rica for a 1-1 draw in the fourth match of group play left the Puerto Rico Islanders of the USL First Division in the final spot in the group, dashing long-shot hopes of returning to the knockout stages for a second straight year as the USL playoff-bound side faces the final two games with only two points.

The visitors had the first good opportunity of the night on a rain-soaked pitch when a cross in the ninth minute found Ariel Santana for a free header from 10 yards, but it went right to goalkeeper Bill Gaudette.