Herediano's new signings (above, l-r) Johan Condega, Adrian de Lemos, Kenny Cunningham, Bryan Vega and Lemark Hernandez posed for a group photo on May 28, 2015. (Photo courtesy of CS Herediano)
HEREDIA, Costa Rica – Just days after securing a 24th Costa Rican title, Herediano is already hard at work trying to win another.
The Florenses announced Thursday that five players, including four with Costa Rica national team experience, have inked deals ahead of the 2015 Invierno and 2015/16 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League campaigns.
Forwards Johan Condega (age: 31, previous club: Cartagines) and Kenny Cunningham (29, Wellington Phoenix/New Zealand), midfielder Bryan Vega (24, Belen FC), defender Lemark Hernandez (26, Limon) and goalkeeper Adrian De Lemos (32, Santos de Guapiles) have been brought in to strengthen a squad that also reached the semifinals of this year’s SCCL.
Vega – who signed a three-year contract -- is the only one of the contingent not to appear in a full international for the Ticos, but he did play in four matches at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Returning for a second stint with Herediano, Cunningham has the most experience with the Costa Rica set-up, winning 13 caps (including four in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup and two in World Cup qualifiers for Brazil 2014). He has also played for The Strongest in Bolivia and Japan’s Gainare Tottori, as well as Costa Rican sides Perez Zeledon, Carmelia, Alajuelense and San Carlos.
Herediano outlasted Alajuelense to capture the 2015 Verano crown, prevailing 3-2 on penalty kicks after their two-legged final ended 3-3 on aggregate.