SANTA TECLA, El Salvador – When the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF League draw took place last May in Miami, Florida, there was a certain pairing that generated a buzz among attendees and those following online: Herediano-Santa Tecla.
The two-legged series between the Costa Rican and Salvadoran clubs have all the makings for a CONCACAF classic.
Both are coming off of campaigns in the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League in which they narrowly fell to opponents from Liga MX (Herediano vs. Tigres) and MLS (Santa Tecla vs. Seattle Sounders).
So naturally both sides will be eager to make a return to the 2019 edition of the SCCL.
While Herediano’s history of eight SCCL appearances is numerically superior to Santa Tecla’s two SCCL participations, onlookers won’t be seeing the team from El Salvador backing down.
In fact, after an excellent preseason in which it accumulated a record of 4W-1D-0L and just two goals conceded, Santa Tecla believes it is ready to take to the game to the Ticos.
“The team is motivated going into the CONCACAF League,” said Santa Tecla MF Gerson Mayen in an exclusive interview with CONCACAF.com.
“We’re going to play the way we have been playing for the last couple seasons: trying to possess and be intense all over the field. We’re going to take it game by game and of course our mentality is to win it all to be in the next round of Champions League,” concluded Mayen.
Following its 2018 Salvadoran Apertura opener on Saturday versus Audaz , Santa Tecla will then travel to Costa Rica for its 2018 SCL Round of 16 first leg tie against Herediano on Thursday, August 2. Six days later the two sides will meet in the second leg in Santa Tecla.