Antigua GFC's Agustin (purple jersey) receives instruction from the sideline during a Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League match against the host New York Red Bulls on August 3, 2016, in Harrison, New Jersey, USA. (Photo: Mexsport)
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala – After two games on the road, Antigua GFC (0W-1D-1L, 1 point) will look to keep its 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League hopes alive on Tuesday against the visiting New York Red Bulls (2-1-0, 7) at the Estadio Doroteo Guamuch Flores, formerly known as the Estadio Mateo Flores.
It may not be the scenario the Panzas Verdes envisioned for their first-ever SCCL home game. Anything less than a win and they are eliminated from contention.
Thanks to his extensive experience in the competition, forward Agustin Herrera – the 2016 Guatemalan Apertura’s top scorer with seven goals -- can calmly put the “must-win” situation into perspective.
“We are focused,” said the 31-year-old Mexican, who has also battled against difficult SCCL opposition while playing for Mexico’s Santos (4 goals) and Comunicaciones (1 goal). “We know that we shouldn’t make mistakes, and, if we do, we must support to each other.
"The most important thing is to bring to the field what’s worked on day to day work and can get the results.”
In their first meeting on August 3, the Red Bulls posted a 3-0 victory. The Major League Soccer table topper, however, went ahead 1-0 on an own-goal and then scored twice after going up a man following Sixto Betancourt’s 26th minute ejection.
Antigua (6-0-6, 18) sits fifth in the Apertura table and is coming off a 2-0 loss at Guastatoya.
"Now what happened in the past is behind us,” Herrera finished. “We have the opportunity enjoying and doing things right. The most important thing is to achieve the collective objective. We are all responsible ones. It will be a game to enjoy.”