Herediano (white) can go into a tie for first place in Group 3 with Cruz Azul if it beats visiting Valencia in a CONCACAF Champions League game on September 18, 2013. (Photo: Mexsport)
HEREDIA, Costa Rica -- With a win over Valencia on Wednesday night, Herediano can move into a first-place tie with Cruz Azul in Group 3 of the CONCACAF Champions League.
With a large victory over the Haitian side, the Florenses (1-0-1, 3 points) could move past the five-time CONCACAF club champion (2-0-0, 6 points) on goal difference in the race for a coveted spot in next year's quarterfinals. Valencia (0-0-2, 0 points), on the other hand, must win at the Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto Scotiabank to avoid elimination.
Herediano probably feels confident heading into Wednesday's home game, having defeated Valencia in Haiti, 6-1, on August 8.
In that first meeting, six different players got on the scoresheet for the visitors, while forward Roody Joseph tallied Valencia's lone goal.
In Torneo Invierno play, third-place Herediano is coming off a 3-0 win over Perez Zeledon on Saturday. Yendrick Ruiz struck early in each half and Victor Nuñez added the other for the winners. Both players had also netted against Valencia.
The Costa Ricans dropped a 3-0 decision at Cruz Azul in their last CCL outing on August 22, being shutout for the third time in five games in the competition.
Valencia, the 2012 Haitian champion, is playing in its first CCL away game.
A narrow 2-1 loss against visiting Cruz Azul on August 28 was one of the tournament’s best-contested games. Andre Amy leveled for the host in the 71st minute, only for Jesus Lara to grab the game-winner with five minutes left in regulation.