Action from the friendly between visiting Herediano (yellow/red jersey) and Mexico's Celaya on June 27, 2016. (Photo: Mexsport)
HEREDIA, Costa Rica – With an intensive preseason program that included a pair of trips to Mexico, Costa Rican champion Herediano is looking to fine tune ahead of its 2016 Invierno opener against visiting Perez Zeledon on July 16.
The Florenses dropped a 3-1 decision in a friendly Sunday at fellow 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League participant Monterrey. Head coach Hernan Medford is optimistic that his side will be ready to dispute two competitions.
“You have to analyze what it is that needs to be improved because we have a CONCACAF match against a Mexican team,” said Medford, who won the 1993 CONCACAF Champions Cup as a player with Saprissa. “If we correct things, I think it can go well for us.”
Despite the loss to Monterrey – a three-time SCCL champion and 2016 Liga MX Clausura runner-up – the 48-year-old was pleased with the overall performance.
“One can’t leave totally happy,” Medford commented. “We played well, with personality. The team is ready for the season. Each player is clear and physically good. As for the team’s level, I leave happy.”
Herediano has not repeated as domestic champion since 1979, so Medford wants to launch the new campaign with three points.
“We are anxious and we are hoping for a party with a full stadium,” he finished. “The fans want to see the champion. We have the obligation to win that first match.”
In the SCCL, Herediano will face Mexico’s Tigres and Plaza Amador of Panama in Group G.