Alajuelense's Johan Venegas (white jersey) in 2013/14 CONCACAF Champions League semifinal action against Toluca. (Photo: Mexsport)
The hunger to compete in another CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) is a driving force for Johan Venegas.
The attack-minded Alajuelense standout is enjoying a strong preseason as all indicators point to him having a breakout 2014/15 campaign on domestic and international fronts.
“I think that the CONCACAF (Champions League) is a great level,” said Venegas. “I believe that they are the best players of CONCACAF and I think that you have to set yourself out to be one of the best and be a persistent.”
Venegas is already quite familiar with the CCL. The 25-year-old played in five matches during the Manudos’ run deep into last year’s competition, starting in the four quarterfinal (two v Arabe Unido) and semifinal (two v Toluca) encounters.
Clearly, Venegas understands what it will take for the Costa Rican power to have success in its fifth CCL appearance.
“The extra work must be done,” he concluded. “While giving your all, everything is good.”
Alajuelense will open its CCL schedule on the road against reigning champion Cruz Azul on August 5 in Mexico City.