Friday, February 5, 2010

2/5/2010: The Crew Have Their Goalscorer, Columbian Striker Sergio Herrera



The Crew end the week on a high note and acquire 28 year old, Columbian striker Sergio Herrera from top Columbian club Deportivo Cali. Herrera has 190 caps in his career and 76 goals, mainly for top Columbian sides and rivals America de Cali and Deportivo Cali. Herrera has also played in Saudi Arabia, Brazil, and Argentina. However, the Crew will hope to get some of Herrera's Columbian form, especially from 2003-2004 where Herrera scored 38 goals in 62 appearances, in comparison to his overseas form; as Herrera's previous overseas venture with Al-Ittihad only led to 4 goals in 11 appearances from 2004 to 2006.

At Herrera's last stop, Deportivo Cali, Sergio had 33 goals in 93 appearances. Herrera also has netted four goals in eleven appearances for the Columbian national team.

Here is Sergio scoring two goals for Deportivo Cali a few months ago:


Here is Herrera scoring in 2004 against Guillermo's Argentina:


Hopefully, the long wait for a goalscorer is over and Herrera can finish what Guillermo Barros Schelotto gives him. If Herrera can find a successful partnership with GBS, there is no limit upon how far the Crew can go, not only domestically but in the Concacaf Champions League.

I like the signing. What are your thoughts? Is this the missing piece? Will the Crew lift the MLS Cup again? And, can they get past Toluca?

More information on the signing can be found on Shawn Mitchell's blog.

3 comments:

  1. Being Colombian-American, i love this signing. Hopefully more of the Colombian crowd will come to the games now, since they haven't come as much since the John Wilmar Perez days. And hopefully Herrera will have a good partnership with Guillermo. I guess we are going to have to wait and see.

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  2. Can we add to our Champions League roster? I thought we couldn't? Or maybe that was only the group stage. Regardless, do you think Ali's gonna come back for the Toluca games, like Jaqua did with the Dynamo last year?

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  3. RE Ken:
    From what I've seen on the CCL regulations, we can make additions and must submit a roster of up to 30 available players, at minimum 7 days prior to the beginning of what is referred to as "Phase 3: the Championship Stage." We are unable, however, to remove any player from the previous roster (i.e. Moreno). We were unable to make any additions/changes once the initial roster was submitted during the Group Stage.
    Regarding Herrera, the guy seems like he has a knack for getting open and being in the right place at the right time to finish off crosses. Seems like a good fit for the type of offense we were trying to employ last season.

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