HEREDIA, Costa Rica – It always seems that when Herediano need a goal, Yendrick Ruiz is the guy who delivers.
And nowhere has that been more apparent than in the 2018 Scotiabank Concacaf League.
The importance of the 30-year-old striker to the Tico outside cannot be overstated. It was Ruiz who scored a brace to lead Herediano to a 2-0 victory over Arabe Unido of Panama in their semifinal first leg.
The two goals gave Ruiz a total of five thus far in five matches, tying him with Tauro’s Edwin Aguilar for the most goals in the 2018 SCL.
Scoring goals in big-time Concacaf matches is nothing new for Ruiz.
In 19 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League matches with Herediano, Ruiz scored 10 goals, giving him 15 goals in 24 matches in all Concacaf club tournaments.
This is, of course, in addition to the 96 goals he has scored in Costa Rica’s Liga Nacional, including Herediano’s 83’ minute equalizer on Sunday in a 1-1 draw with UCR.
Always the consummate professional and team leader, Ruiz warned that Herediano cannot be overconfident when it takes the field on Thursday night in Panama for the second leg.
“The series is not finished, to go to Panama is very difficult,” said Ruiz to reporters following the draw versus UCR. “We should have the personality to go there to get a result,” concluded Ruiz.
With Ruiz’s goalscoring boots in the Herediano starting XI, one would be hard-pressed to bet against him finding the back of the net again.