CCL Preview: All or nothing for RSL as Herediano visit
Real Salt Lake vs. CS Herediano
RIO TINTO STADIUM, Sandy, Utah
CONCACAF Champions League, Group 2
October 23, 2012
10 pm ET / 8 pm MT, FOX Soccer
RSL Injury Report:
- OUT: GK Lalo Fernandez (R wrist fracture)
- DOUBTFUL: DF Kwame Watson-Siriboe (R leg strain); DF Jamison Olave (L quad strain)
- QUESTIONABLE: MF Ned Grabavoy (R quad strain)
- PROBABLE: DF Chris Wingert (turf toe); DF Tony Beltran (R knee soreness); FW Fabian Espindola (general soreness)
RSL Disciplinary Status:
- FW Alvaro Saborio - SUSPENDED - 2 Cautions in Group Play
CCL QUARTERFINALS ON LINE FOR RSL:
WATCH: Kreis, Beckerman scout Costa Ricans
FAMILIARITY WITH CCL DEMANDS:
RSL boss Jason Kreis has several players at his disposal who have seen their mettle tested in CCL play, as 14 of the 20 players who traveled to Herediano in July boast CCL experience with RSL.
Another three of this year’s newcomers - DF Kenny Mansally (New England Revolution, 2007), FW Justin Braun (Chivas USA, 2008), MF Jonny Steele (Puerto Rico Islanders, 2009) - have first-hand CCL experience with other teams.
GETTING TO KNOW ... CS HEREDIANO:
- Full Name: Club Sport Herediano
- Founded: June 12, 1921
- Manager: Jacques Odir
- League: Primera Division de Costa Rica
- Honors: League titles - 22 (1921, 1922, 1924, 1927, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1937, 1947, 1948, 1951, 1955, 1961, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1985, 1987, 1992-93, 2012)
- Official Website: http://www.herediano.com/
- Current roster: http://www.herediano.com/plantel
- CONCACAF Team Profile:
- Nicknames: El Equipo Florense, Los Gloriosos Florenses, Rojos y Amarillos
Player to watch:
FW Victor Nuñez: The 32-year-old forward – and teammate of RSL’s Álvaro Saborío on Costa Rica’s 2006 World Cup squad – led Herediano with 18 total goals in the 2011 Invierno and 2012 Verano campaigns ... Nuñez has scored five goals in 17 appearances for the Ticos ...
Home Stadium: Estadio Eladio Rosabal Cordero
CCL Stadium: Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica
Herediano normally plays its home league matches at Estadio Eladio Rosabal Cordero, a 15,000 seat venue with a turf field located about 10 kilometers north of the Costa Rican capital of San Jose ...
However, Herediano hosted its CONCACAF Champions League game against RSL at the Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, a one-year-old, 35,000 seat stadium with a grass field that serves as the permanent home for the country’s national team ...
RSL’s Costa Rican international Álvaro Saborío is very familiar with the Estadio Nacional, having scored the first goal in stadium history during its inaugural match in March, 2011 ...
CS HEREDIANO CONCACAF Champions League History:
Qualification method: Costa Rican Verano Champion
Previous CCL appearances: 2009-2010, 2011-12 Herediano returns this year for a third try in the CONCACAF Champions League ... It qualified for the 2012-2013 tournament as the Verano 2012 champion ...
The club was eliminated in the Group Stage of the 2011-12 CCL, finishing in last place in Group D, behind Mexican club Monterrey, Seattle Sounders FC and Guatemalan club C.S.D. Comunicaciones ...
Herediano fell 2-6 on aggregate to Mexican club Cruz Azul in the 2009-10 competition’s Preliminary Round ...
CS Herediano Club History:
CS Herediano is one of the oldest clubs in Costa Rica. Founded in 1921, Herediano was the first Costa Rican national champion and has since collected 22 league titles ... In 1987, they became the first team in CONCACAF to reach 20 league titles ...
Last year, Herediano ended a 19-year championship drought, riding some brilliant attacking play at the end of the season to win the Verano 2012 tournament on May 19 and qualify for the current CCL tourney.
Though they aren’t the most domestically decorated team in Costa Rica, Herediano is considered the Costa Rican club team with the most international experience
... The club qualified for the old CONCACAF Champions Cup six times (advancing as far as the semifinals in 1989), won the 1988 “Copa Camel” and has now qualified for CCL play on three occasions: 2009-10, 2011-12 and 2012-13 ...
C.S. Herediano’s official constitution was signed in June, 1921 ... The club started to take shape shortly thereafter, successfully lobbying the Costa Rican government to form a FA and winning the inaugural national championship before the end of the calendar year ... The club would go on to win six national titles – including four in a row – in its first decade of existence ...
Herediano has undergone a significant amount of turnover since winning the championship, most notably losing second-leading goalscorer Jorge Barbosa in the summer transfer window.
Only two Costa Rican teams have had more success than Herediano - perennial powers LD Alajuelense, and Deportivo Saprissa ... RSL defeated Saprissa - also FW Alvaro Saborio’s former club - 3-2 on aggregate, in the semifinals of the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League ...
Two of RSL’s current players - MF Will Johnson & MF Ned Grabavoy - each appeared in all 15 of RSL’s previous CONCACAF matches, while only DF Tony Beltran did not start in the 2010/11 CCL Final amongst Kreis’ current projected XI (Robbie Russell).
EXTENDED HOME DOMINANCE:
Despite 5 home losses this year and 9 in the last two seasons, RSL’s 2-1 home win Sept. 22 against Portland improved the club to 60-12-18 in its last 90 home games since the beginning of 2008, Jason Kreis’ first full season at the helm ...
In that span, RSL has outscored opponents by 112 goals (175-63), with a 49-9-20 reg. season mark (145/51), 6-1-0 CCL record (17/5), 3-1-1 playoffs (5/2), 1-1-0 Open Cup (3/3) and 2-0-1 int’l exhibition (5/2) ...
All-time, RSL is now 64-28-33 in MLS regular-season play during 8 seasons at home, outscoring opposing sides 205-123 ...
LONE CCL HOME LOSS A HEARTBREAKER:
Tuesday night’s game is only RSL’s second at home since dropping the 2010/11 CONCACAF Champions League Final 2nd leg at Rio Tinto Stadium back on April 27, 2011, allowing an Humberto Suazo goal in first-half stoppage time to stand up following a 2-2 road draw south of the border at Estadio Tecnologico ...
RSL now missing Alvaro Saborio (yellow card suspension), Jamison Olave (injury), Andy Williams (retired) & Robbie Russell (traded) from the XI against Monterrey ...
RSL Captain Kyle Beckerman missed that milestone game due to a yellow card in the previous leg, as RSL failed to hoist a trophy at home for the second time in as many tries in front of the Rio Tinto Stadium faithful, also falling 0-1 at home in the 2008 Western Conference Final against New York ...
In the team’s last home CCL game in mid-August against Tauro FC, RSL earned a 2-0 home victory over the Panamanian champions ... Early 2nd-half goals by FW Alvaro Saborio and Captain Kyle Beckerman – both set up by an especially spry Paulo Junior - proved the difference in a match dominated by RSL, which outshot the visitors 16-3 (8-2 on goal) ... RSL was poised to pour it on and boost the side’s goal differential in the match, but Beckerman saw straight red in the 72nd minute for dangerous play, extending his foot back for a high ball and catching an opponent he didn’t see in the midsection.