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Liga MX and CONACAF Champions League are equally important for us: Jonathan Orozco

16 de Marzo del 2019 12:40 pm.

In the 440th league game of his career, Jonathan Orozco acted quick to swat the ball clear of the goal line 20 minutes before the final whistle, keeping the scoreline level against Veracruz to salvage a point on the road.

Only 3 days prior, he made nine saves in below freezing temperatures as los Guerreros defeated MLS-side New York Red Bulls 2-0 in CONCACAF Champions League play. They would go on to advance to the semifinals.

Now, the 32-year-old, veteran 'keeper is ready for what the rest of both tournaments have in store, beginning with Necaxa at Territorio Santos Modelo on Sunday night.

"It is a very important match for us," he said on Wednesday afternoon. "There are three more valuable points at stake if we want to keep aspiring for qualification to the Liguilla, and everything is very even ... Necaxa is a direct rival who is playing good football, and it is essential to get three points on Sunday"

Los Guerreros spent the week training at TSM for Sunday's game -- the first full work week in one place since their three game stretch over seven days in Leon, New York and Veracruz.

With those three results behind them and a pass to the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals against Tigres, "Jona" says the team is focused on getting a positive result from its next battle.

"We're going step by step and match by match. We're not thinking about Tigres before Necaxa, nor are we thinking about Atlas before the FIFA break. The next game is the most important, and then focusing on Tigres. Liga MX and the Concacaf Champions League are equally important for us."