Club Name: Club Sport Herediano
Stadium: Estadio Rosabal Cordero
Nickname(s): El Team, Los Florenses
Manager: David Patiño
League Titles: 28
CONCACAF League: 1 (2018)
Style of Play
Despite tinkering with multiple formations, Herediano still relies heavily on a two-striker system. Last season, that manifested itself in a 5-3-2. Even still, the 4-4-2 remains the most prominent system for El Team.
Especially when Jafet Soto feels like stepping in to manage, which feels like every other week.
Herediano’s direct style is built around a target man possessing aerial dominance. The ability to win vertical passes is the main objective. The second, more mobile striker, is looking to win the flick in behind, or receive a penetrating pass following a lay-off. The ability to go at defenders is an absolute necessity. The target man will often create 1v1 or 1v2 opportunities closer to goal.
This style of play is a direct result of Herediano frustrating the opposition’s attack, playing a lower block in defense.
When the objective is not to get the ball to the target man in as few passes as possible, Herediano plays a more traditional style. The central midfielders are patient in possession. One striker drops in midfield to create numerical advantages. Possession will be recycled as needed. Both central midfielders will look to play between defensive lines, or to the wide midfielders. The use of width here is to provide service into the area, or combine with the overlapping fullback to do so.
Herediano will not always rely on traditional wingers in this system, but rather players that possess the necessary attributes to provide service
No striker on Herediano’s roster is as gifted in the air as Yendrick Ruiz. His ability to trap the ball is the genesis for most of the attack. Ruiz is a prominent threat in the area. Spatial awareness, timely runs and that aforementioned aerial dominance culminates in a bevy of scoring chances.
Gerson Torres is a versatile attacker that can find the game in wide and central areas. His versatility allows Herediano to exploit matchups and deploy him in dangerous areas.
Yeltsin Tejeda has developed into the anchor of Herediano’s midfield. His ability to win back possession and cover space in transition allows the front four to push forward in the attack.
|#||Player Name||Position||Playing Style|
|–||Esteban Alvarado||GK||Penalty Specialist|
|20||Bryan Segura||GK||Shot Stopper|
|37||Keysher Fuller||RB||Attacking Fullback|
|4||Orlando Galo||RB||Attacking Fullback|
|19||Yael Lopez||RB||Attacking Fullback|
|11||Diego Gonzalez||LB||Attacking Fullback|
|97||Suhander Zúñiga||LB||Attacking Fullback|
|24||Miguel Basulto||CB||Ball-Playing Defender|
|23||Alejandro Bran||10||Creative Playmaker|
|28||Gerson Torres||10||Creative Playmaker|
|27||Jewison Bennette||Winger||Playmaking Winger|
|14||Berny Burke||Winger||Playmaking Winger|
|22||Kennedy Rocha||Winger||Playmaking Winger|
|58||Luis Miguel Franco||LM||Wide Midfielder|
|94||John Jairo Ruiz||FWD||Advanced Playmaker|
|21||Jostin Daly||9||Target Man|
|9||Jonathan McDonald||9||Target Man|
|77||Jose Guilermo Ortiz||9||Mobile Striker|
|17||Francisco Rodriguez||9||Mobile Striker|
|26||Bryan Rojas||9||Mobile Striker|
|7||Yendrick Ruiz||9||Target Man|