Alajuelense will be looking towards forward Jerry Palacios (red/black jersey) for goals during the 2014/15 CONCACAF Champions League.
ALAJUELA, Costa Rica -- Alajuelense’s 2014/15 CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) campaign begins with the ultimate test – at the Estadio Azul against defending champion Cruz Azul.
If recent history is any indication, the 2013 Costa Rican Invierno champion isn’t backing down from Tuesday’s challenge.
It will be the Manudos’ fifth appearance in the CCL after reaching the semifinals in the last edition, where they were eliminated 3-0 on aggregate by Toluca.
Winning in Mexico, though, isn’t foreign territory to Alajuelense. Last year, it earned advancement by beating Club America, 1-0, at the Estadio Azteca in the final day of group play to win Group 4.
Alajuelense has not scored in its last 212 minutes of CCL play. Head coach Oscar Ramirez said his team needs to improve in the attacking third and hopes that Honduras international Jerry Palacios, who has eight career CCL goals, can contribute.
"We need to sharpen those details and we are going to work on this,” said Ramirez. “With (forward) Jerry Palacios, we have loaded a lot on physical work. I want to try him and take the decision depending on what happens.”
Recently signed Ramon Nunez will not be facing his old club. According to Alajuelense, the attacking midfielder still needs to obtain a work permit.