Former Nine Stripe Mateo Hernandez Set For Copa Sudamericana
Former York United midfielder Mateo Hernandez is set for the Copa Sudamericana once more after helping his side CD Real Tomayapo qualify through a tricky Bolivian berth.
The 25-year-old Argentine had a fairly disrupted season in South America due to a persistent ankle injury, but looked solid when he was fit to play: after missing a large chunk of the campaign, he came back at the end of the season to finish with three goal contributions through 15 appearances across all competitions.
Tomayapo locked in a sixth-place finish in Bolivia’s top flight after runaway leaders The Strongest (yes, really) finished top of the table, but yesterday’s 4-0 win over Atletico Palmaflor saw them qualify for the 2024 Copa Sudamericana through a slot reserved for a Bolivian side not already in the 2024 Copa Libertadores through an aggregate table third-best team selection.
It’s convoluted, sure, but we doubt Hernandez minds at the moment.
This marks a long-awaited return for Hernandez in the fabled cup competition: he suited up for Argentinian side Atletico Colon against Deportivo Municipal for a 2-0 win in 2019, though he wouldn’t feature as his former side went all the way to the final, losing 1-3 against Independiente del Valle.
The Argentine’s move to Canada was first announced in 2020, but a series of visa and travel difficulties amid the COVID-19 pandemic saw arrival delayed all the way to the 2022 CPL season following loans to Atletico Pantoja and Guadalupe.
When he finally got his chance to suit up for York United, Hernandez was called upon to play in a variety of positions throughout the campaign as York United struggled with a plethora injuries. He wrapped his season with 19 appearances across all competitions, contributing one assist.
Having been unable to really lock down one particular position with York United, he was transferred to Real Tomayapo following York United’s 2022 season.
His former side York United found themselves under new ownership for the second time in 2023, with the new clubrunners set to speak to media later today.
Header Image Photo Credit: Courtesy of Mateo Hernandez