By Money Mike
The Seattle Sounders head to Heredia, Costa Rica for matchday 3 of the CONCACAF Champions League as they take on C.S. Herediano on Wednesday, looking to go 3-0 in Champions League Group play. The Sounders are coming off a 2-1 defeat at home to Real Salt Lake in MLS play, snapping an 8 game unbeaten streak in all competitions. They have off very very well in the Group stage of the Champions League, defeating Comunicaciones 4-1 at home and then upsetting CONCACAF Champions Monterrey 1-0 on their home ground. Kickoff time on Wednesday is at 7pm and will be Televised on FOX Soccer and streamed live on concacaf.com.
Who are C.S. Herediano?
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.
What to keep an eye on in this game
- Backup goalkeeper Terry Boss normally gets the start in goal for the Seattle Sounders in this tournament, but because he's out for the rest of the season, you wonder if Sigi Schmid will give starter Kasey Keller the nod' or if he will turn to rookie Josh Ford.
- Lamar Neagle should be back in the lineup in the third match after he was suspended for the Monterrey trip having picked up a red card on matchday one against Comunicaciones.
- The weather conditions are going to be...... ABSOLUTELY..... NASTY. They're expecting scattered Thunderstorms in the afternoon on Wednesday that will continue throughout the match. I just hope that they can get a full game in. I swear, every time we head south of the United States for a Champions League game, there are ugly weather conditions.