• Friday Feb 15, 2013

    Herediano climbs Costa Rican table

    HEREDIA, Costa Rica -- After an uneven start to Costa Rica's Summer Tournament, Herediano looks to be getting on track, as its vital CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal showdown with the USA's L.A. Galaxy quickly draws near.

    The Florenses had managed only four points from four matches to open league play, losing two of its first three outings. To illustrate its imbalanced form further, the team hasn't won, drawn or lost two consecutive games this season.

    The tide, however, seems to be shifting in a healthier direction. A draw against current champion Alajuelense and a 2-1 win Wednesday over Limon -- thanks to goals from Yendrick Ruiz and Ismael Gomez -- in the last two outings are reasons for optimism.

    The 2012 Summer champion has climbed to a mid-table position table, occupying seventh place and sitting just two points behind its next opponent Perez Zeledon.

    "It was a very important game for us," attacker Yosimar Arias told the team's website. "Now we want to get into rhythm as fast as possible, because some very important games are coming up."

    The team has overcome a good deal in the recent past to get to this point. There have been three head coaches in a span of six months. Claudio Jara took over following Odir Jacques' resignation in August, only for Mauricio Solis to accept the reigns at the beginning of the Summer 2013 competition.

    An away test against second-place Perez Zeledon on Sunday can be expected to serve as an additional measure of the team's improvement. Even with a win in that match, El Team will still have a long road to march in order to catch table-topping Cartagines, which has a perfect six wins in six games.

    "We're already thinking about Perez Zeledon," commented goalkeeper Daniel Cambronero. "Some of our results haven't been good, but it would be premature to think negatively. We've been characterized by going slowly, but at a good rate."

    Herediano will host the Galaxy on March 7, in the first game of their 2012/13 CONCACAF Champions League home-and-away quarterfinal series.

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