HEREDIA, Costa Rica – Herediano Interim Coach Jafet Soto is welcoming the responsibility that comes with playing in the club’s first ever Concacaf final.
The Costa Rican club will square off against Motagua of Honduras in the first leg of the 2018 Scotiabank Concacaf League final this Thursday at the Estadio Eladio Rosabal Cordero and Soto is keen is to make sure it is a night to remember.
“We will honor Herediano like the team from previous great international matches,” said Soto in a pre-match press conference on Wednesday.
“I don’t have any reason to mix one thing with another, so we are on equal footing to fight for this championship,” added Soto.
The Ticos will square off against a Motagua side that comes into the final playing some if its best football of the year.
The Catracho club is unbeaten in its last six domestic matches and managed to keep four clean sheets on its way to the SCL final.
However, Soto was quick to remind everyone that Motagua will also be facing a team that has played in its fair share of finals of late.
“Motagua is a great team, we respect them a lot but tis is a final and it is separate. Motagua is a great team but they are going to face a team with the most finals in Costa Rica in the last 10 years,” said Soto.
Soto is temporarily at the reins of Herediano following four straight losses in Costa Rica’s 2018 Apertura, prompting the departure of Paulo Cesar Wanchope as coach.
Despite its difficulties in domestic play, Soto called on the Herediano faithful to show a united front in the club’s first ever Concacaf final.
“This is an international final that represents history for our club. It is a good moment for us to unite and show what this club is made of,” concluded Soto.