Preview: 2014/15 CONCACAF Champions League – Semi-finals
CS HEREDIANO – CLUB AMERICA
CS Herediano is one of the “big three” of Costarica (Deportivo Saprissa and LD Alajuelense being the other ones, followed by CS Caraginés), the third most successful one thanks to the conquest of 23 Costa Rican Primera División Championship.
The Costarican International Daniel Cambronero is the starting GK of this team, based in the city of Heredia, while the most important defenders are the centre-backs Christian Montero and the Mexican Luis Omar Hernández and the right back Dave Myrie (a Costarican International and a former Cadiz, Fredrikstad, Chiga Fire and Philadelphia Union player).
In the midfield the most notable names are the Captain Esteban Granados (Costarican International), Gabriel Gomez (Panamese International) and Randall Azofeifa (a former Costarican International and KAA Gent, Genclerbirligi Ankara and Erciyesspos player) and the wingers José Sanchez, Esteban Ramirez and Alexander Larín (Salvadorian International).
The most dangerous striker is surely Yendrick Ruiz, who sometimes plays for NT, while the Argentinian Jonathan Hansen is another weapon.
Club América from Mexico City is the most popular and successful club in Mexico, having won so far 16 Mexican Championships and 6 Copa México, 5 CONCACAF Champions’ Cups/Champions’ League, 2 Copa Interamericana cups, and 1 CONCACAF Giants Cup.
Moisés Alberto Muñoz, a former Mexican International, is the starting GK, while the main defenders are Pablo Goltz (Argentinian centre-back), Pablo Aguilar (centre-back, Paraguaian International), Paul Aguilar (right back, Mexican International) and Miguel Samudio (left back, Paraguaian International).
In the midfield there are Cristian Pellerano (Argentinian CM), Rubens Sambueza (a former CA River Plate Argentinian winger), and Osvaldo David Martinez (advanced midfielder, Paraguian International).
In the attack we point out the wingers Carlos Darwin Quintero (a former Colombian International) and Michael Arroyo (Ecuadorian International), while the most important offensive weapons are the central forwards Darío Benedetto (Argentinian) and Oribe Peralta, Mexican International.
IMPACT DE MONTREAL – LD ALAJUELENSE
IMPACT DE MONTREAL
The Impact de Montréal in a Canadian team from Québec that began playing in MLS, the highest North American League, in 2012: before a team with the same name and ownership had played in the North American second tier, winning it twice (2004 and 2009).
The Impact de Montréal won the Canadian Championships in 2013 and 2014: it’s a competition that is played just by Canadian teams, whose winner qualifies for CONCACAF Champions League.
The staring GK is Evan Bush, while in the defence the most notable players are the centre-backs Laurent Ciman (a Belgian International and former Club Brugge and Standard Liege defender), Piscu (a former Deportivo la Coruna and Wigan Athletic Spanish defender) and Bakary Soumaré (a former Malian International), the right back Hassoun Camara (a former OM and Bastia defender) and the left back Ambroise Oyongo (Cameroonian International).
In the midfield we can find Marco Donadel, a CM quite experienced in the Italian Serie A, Nigel Reo-Cocker (a former West Ham United, Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers CM), Patrice Bernier (CM, Canadian International), Justin Mapp (winger, a former American International), Dilly Duka (American/Albanian winger), Andrés Romero (a former Argentinos Jrs. Argentinian winger/advanced midfielder) and Ignacio Piatti (a former Saint-Étienne, Lecce, Independiente and San Lorenzo Argentinian winger/advanced midfielder).
On the front the names to note are Dominik Oduro‘s (a Ghanese striker who spent the majority of his career in MLS and Jack McInerney‘s ones.
The Liga Deportiva Alajuelense, often nicknamed “La Liga”, is a club from Alajuela, and is one of the most successfull ones in Costa Rica, having won so far 29 Costa Rican Primera División Championship and 2 CONCACAF Champions’ Cups/Champions’ League (1986 and 2004).
The starting GK is the Captain and Costarican International Patrick Pemberton, while the main defenders are come Costarican Internationals, such as Jhonny Acosta (centre-back), Porfirio López (centre-back), José Salvatierra (right back), while Kenner Gutiérrez (centre-back) and Ariel Soto (a quite interesting left back) aren’t in NT but are important as well.
In the midfield we can find Ariel Rodríguez (CM), Diego Calvo (left wing), Johan Venegas (right wing), Allen Guevara (right wing) and Álvaro Sanchez (advanced midfielder), who are all part, or have been part, of Costarican National Team.
On the front, the main strikers are Jonathan McDonald and Armando Alonso, who are, or have been, both Costarican Internationals.