For Herrera, though, their vacation has been over. He has a match to win – a match that would book America’s spot in the Campeones Cup to face MLS Cup champion Atlanta United.
“Everyone has been ready for Sunday,” he said, pointing that out the players who were with their national teams are in a good rhythm after taking part in other competitions.
That’s not entirely true, though. Agustin Marchesin, America’s No. 1 goalkeeper, didn’t play any minutes with Argentina at the tournament. Guido Rodriguez played in just one encounter. Herrera’s Colombians, Mateus Uribe and Roger Martinez, at least were more active with both seeing time in three contests. Still, fatigue shouldn’t be a concern, but knocking off the rust might be.
Which brings us to the question of Giovani dos Santos. The former starlet signed with America this summer after being released by the LA Galaxy before the MLS season started. Herrera said he’d wait until Saturday to decide whether or not Dos Santos has been in good enough shape.