Herediano

Club Name: Club Sport Herediano

Stadium: Estadio Rosabal Cordero

Nickname(s): El Team, Los Florenses

Manager: Jeaustin Campos

Club Honors

League Titles: 29

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

Best XI

Key Players

Gerson Torres

Gerson Torres is the complete package. Blessed with a cultured left foot, Torres is a versatile attacker who can deploy in wide and central areas.

Opposing fullbacks suffer the wrath of his 1v1 dominance on the wing. An explosive dribble and acceleration allow him to create space in even the tightest situations. It’s impossible to defend an attacker who can provide service on both feet. Impeccable vision and composure in the final third often lead to clear-cut chances.

That playmaking ability is also on display in the rare moments he plays centrally. There is no shot too ambitious nor out of his range, a constant threat.

Yendrick Ruiz

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.

Yeltsin Tejeda

Yeltsin Tejeda has developed into the anchor of Herediano’s midfield. His ability to win back possession and cover space in transition allow the front four to push forward in the attack. 

A proper box-to-box midfield, Tejeda is effective with his forward runs. His ability to strike the ball from distance provides Herediano an added layer of attack.

Squad Overview

#Player NamePositionPlaying Style
1Esteban AlvaradoGKPenalty Specialist
20Bryan SeguraGKShot Stopper
31Carlos UmañaGKN/A
37Keysher FullerRBAttacking Fullback
97Rocky RodriguezRBAttacking Fullback
25Brandon BonillaLBCrossing Specialist
11Diego GonzalezLBAttacking Fullback
24Miguel BasultoCBBall-Playing Defender
99Kenyor BrownCBStopper
2Aaron SalazarCBBalanced
16Ariel SotoCBStopper
4Orlando GaloDMBalanced
5Oscar GranadosDMDestroyer
10Yeltsin TejedaDMBox-to-Box
12Jefferson BrenesCMBox-to-Box
23Alejandro Bran10Creative Playmaker
28Gerson Torres10Creative Playmaker
27Jewison BennetteWingerPlaymaking Winger
22Kennedy RochaWingerPlaymaking Winger
58Luis Miguel FrancoLMWide Midfielder
94John Jairo RuizFWDAdvanced Playmaker
21Jostin Daly9Target Man
9Jonathan McDonald9Target Man
77Jose Guilermo Ortiz9Mobile Striker
26Bryan Rojas9Mobile Striker
7Yendrick Ruiz9Target Man
15Kenneth Vargas9Mobile Striker