• Monday Dec 25, 2017

    SCCL View: Herediano

    With 10 goals, Randall Azofeifa (pictured) was Herediano’s top scorer in the 2017 Costa Rican Invierno. (Photo: Imagenes en Costa Rica)

    In the sixth of a series of articles taking a closer look at each of the 16 teams in the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (SCCL), CONCACAF.com goes in-depth on Herediano.

    HEREDIANO/COSTA RICA

    By The Numbers

    2017 Invierno Record: W16 D6 L0 GF41 GA12

    Final Position (Regular Season): First Place 

    Final Position (Playoffs): Runner-up

    Playoff Results: Lost to Perez Zeledon in Inverno final (agg: 0-1)

    Top Scorer (Regular Season): Randall Azofeifa, 10 goals 

    Season Summary

    Although the 2017 Costa Rican Invierno was historic for Herediano, it fell agonizingly short of being legendary.  The Florenses eclipsed Saprissa’s mark for the longest unbeaten streak, going through the 22-game regular season without defeat.  With a first-place finish in the Quadrangular, Herediano would have captured the title.  Instead, it finished third and was forced into a two-game final against Perez Zeledon, which prevailed 1-0 on aggregate.

    Season Highlight

    Herediano opened its 2017 Invierno campaign with four consecutive shutouts, while earning 10 of a possible 12 points and setting the tone for a memorable regular season.  Remarkably, the Florenses didn’t need any last-second goals or dramatics to keep the unbeaten regular-season streak intact.  The biggest win of the campaign, 5-0, came against UCR on November 1, with Julio Cruz striking for three goals.

    Key Player: Randall Azofeifa

    Only Alajuelense’s Jonathan McDonald scored more goals in the Invierno than the veteran midfielder, who finished with 10 goals, including three in a 4-1 win at Santos on September 27.  It was one of two hat-tricks scored in the league this season; the other was teammate Julio Cruz in that 5-0 victory over UCR

    Player to Watch in 2018: Julio Cruz

    On loan from Mexico’s Monterrey, the 22-year-old forward scored five goals in eight appearances in his first season with Herediano after finding the back of the net 11 times for Belen in the 2017 Verano.

    Fabulous Facts

    Herediano broke the record of points achieved in the regular season with 54, surpassing the previous record of 53 set by Alajuelense in the 2014 Invierno season.

    SCCL Round of 16 Outlook

    In one of the more intriguing Round of 16 matchups, Herediano faces Tigres in what promises to be an entertaining attacking series.   The Florenses, though, are winless in four all-time SCCL meetings against the current Mexican champion (0W-2D-2L).  The sides will be squaring off against each other in a third straight SCCL.

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