The Seattle Sounders are halfway through group play in the CONCACAF Champions League and are the only team out of all the 16 teams in this stage that are 3-0. Tomorrow night, matchday 4 of the Champions League as the Sounders face Herediano for the second straight week. With a win, Seattle will clinch a spot in the Champions League Quarterfinal with two matches to spare, and what a crazy ride it has been. From League play, to the U.S. Open Cup and of course the CONCACAF Champions League, and somehow this team has managed to keep their form and I think that's been the story of this exciting run.
Now who are C.S. Herediano again?
This team was formed on June 7, 1921 when three local Heredian football clubs, Club Sport Renacimiento, Club Sport Juan J. Flores and Club Sport Cristobal Colon decided to incorporate themselves to form Club Sport Herediano. Native Heredian football players such as Jose Juaquin "Toquita" Gutierrez, Eladio Rosabal Cordero, Victor Manuel Ruiz, Gilberto & Claudio Arguedas, and Luis Valerio (who all played in various clubs such as La Libertad and Gimnastica Espanola) united to sign the official constitution of Club Sport Herediano in June of 1921.
In 1925, Herediano embarked on its first international match when it had a six game tour in Jamaica in which they won four, tied and lost one. In 1928, Herediano travelled to El Salvador to play several international matches against local clubs. They beat Cuscatlan twice, once by a score of 11-0 and then again 11-1. They also beat C.D. FAS in Santa Ana by a score of 4-0, and beat Sonsonate 8-0. The club's most historic victory came in 1932 in Costa Rica's National Stadium in La Sabana, when Herediano beat the Argentinian National team by a score of 3-1. In its first decade of existence Herediano won 6 National Titles, four of them consecutively. Herediano is considered the Costa Rican club team with the most international experience.
Herediano have won the Primera Division de Costa Rica 21 times in their history, including one in their very first year of existence in 1921. Their most recent one came in the 1992-93 season.
Last meeting (9/14/11):
These two teams met just a week ago down at Heredia, Costa Rica. The Sounders came in with all the momentum and never looked back as Fredy Montero led Seattle to a 2-1 win over Herediano with two goals on the night. The first one came off a beautiful through ball from Nate Jaqua. Herediano equalized late in the first half after a horrible pk decision. Midfielder Jose Cancela stepped up and calmly place the ball inside the left post. Montero put Seattle back up after pouncing on a loose ball in the Herediano penalty area.
Seattle Sounders FC - Fredy Montero (Nate Jaqua) 3'
Herediano - Jose Cancela (penalty kick) 46'+
Seattle Sounders FC - Fredy Montero (unassisted) 54'
Seattle Sounders FC - Zach Scott (caution; Foul) 36'
Seattle Sounders FC - Alvaro Fernandez (caution; Foul) 43'
Herediano - Victor Nunez (caution; Time wasting) 53'
Seattle Sounders FC - Kasey Keller; Zach Scott, Patrick Ianni, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Leonardo Gonzalez; Roger Levesque (James Riley 91'+), Servando Carrasco, Lamar Neagle (Amadou Sanyang 83'), Alvaro Fernandez; Nate Jaqua (Pat Noonan 73'), Fredy Montero
Herediano - Daniel Cambronero; Pablo Salazar, Marvin Obando, Cristian Montero; Jose Cubero, Junior Alvarado (Marvin Angulo 78'), Jose Cancela, Jose Luis Cordero; Olman Vargas, Victor Nunez (Jorge Barbosa 74'), Anderson Andrade (Diego Madrigal 64')
What to keep our eye on for tomorrows match:
- Mauro Rosales will not be in the lineup after suffering a sprained MCL in Seattle's 3-0 win over D.C. United back on Saturday.
- Head coach Sigi Schmid says he will have a different lineup out there. There is a possibly that backup goalkeeper Josh Ford making his professional debut between the pipes.
- We got some pretty warm weather to close out the summer. The weather channel is saying 74° and Partly cloudy by kickoff.