• Sunday Jan 17, 2016

    Herrarte, Herrera fortify Antigua GFC’s repeat bid

    Kendel Herrarte (left) and Agustin Herrera (right) joined Guatemala's Antigua GFC in December 2015. (Photo: Luis Rolando Solares)

    ANTIGUA, Guatemala – Antigua GFC opened defense of its Guatemalan league title Saturday with a 3-1 win at Xelaju as two new additions – both from Comunicaciones -- played roles in the 2016 Clausura triumph. 

    Midfielder Kendel Herrarte started and went 86 minutes, while second-half substitute Agustin Herrera completed the scoreline with a late goal. 

    Even though the pair is expected improve the Antigua’s chances for a domestic repeat, the club is also looking deeper into the future, especially its participation in the 2016-17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League. Herrarte and Herrera’s previous experience with the Cremas in the international competition will be put to maximum use. 

    "I come with the attitude of joining the championship team’s project," said the 23-year-old Herrarte, a Guatemala international, who played in 133 games, scored six goals and won eight titles with Comunicaciones. "The Champions League will be one more goal to meet.”

    Herrera, who struck for four SCCL goals while with Mexico’s Santos, is playing with his third team in Guatemala. He first competed for Coatepeque (2013-14), notching 20 goals in 41 matches, before excelling for Comunicaciones (2014-15), where he netted 20 times in 69 outings. 

    "It is gratifying to come to a championship team, that does things well, that has good players and are good people," the 30-year-old Mexican told CONCACAF.com. "I come to help to fight for the championship.” 

    Herrera’s first Antigua goal came in the 87th minute, when an Alexis Matta pass found him alone with Xelaju goalkeeper Esau Estrada.

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