Herediano players (pictured) train at a preseason camp in Leon, Mexico. (Photo courtesy of Herediano)
LEON, Mexico – Herediano is in Mexico through July 4 for a training camp to prepare for the defense of its Costa Rican title and a seventh trip to the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League.
Head coach Hernan Medford brought 27 players to the Sonmus facility. Among them are midfielders Randall Azofeifa and Oscar Esteban Garandos, who were with Costa Rica for the 2016 Copa America Centenario.
The Florenses have at least three friendlies on the schedule, including those against Morelia (June 25), Celaya (June 28) and Atlas (July 2). They will return north for another match against Monterrey on July 10.
“They will be important friendlies for us,” said winger Elias Aguilar. “They will help us get going in the domestic league and in CONCACAF. We have it clear that they are high-level matches, so we ought to take advantage.”
Since Medford has emphasized that the SCCL will be a priority for his side, goalkeeper Leonel Moreira sees the friendlies as a good way to get ready for a pair of matches against 2015/16 runner-up Tigres.
“We’ll have high-level matches with strong teams,” the 26-year-old custodian commented. “We are going to face the SCCL, so we should measure ourselves against the best. The adversaries that we are going to face have characteristics very similar to Tigres, our SCCL opponent.”
Victor Nuñez, the top scorer in Costa Rica first-division history, hopes that Herediano puts the extended time in Mexico to good use.
“We must take advantage of these two weeks in Mexico to prepare ourselves for the local league and CONCACAF,” stressed the forward, 36. “We will take on quality opponents, so we should not fail to take advantage of the opportunity that gives us the chance to represent the club and the country in the best way.
In addition to Tigres, Herediano will also square off against Panama’s Plaza Amador in SCCL play.