• Monday Apr 24, 2017

    Costa Rica int’l Matarrita aims for pre-WCQ return

    Ronald Matarrita (pictured) has appeared in nine games for Costa Rica during CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. (Photo: Victor Straffon/Straffon Images)

    NEW YORK -- Costa Rica international Ronald Matarrita is expected to be sidelined from four to six weeks after suffering a high ankle sprain.

    The New York City FC defender, who had three assists in six Major League Soccer games, was injured during a training session Thursday.
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    If Matarrita's recovery goes according to schedule, he should be able to return prior to the next scheduled matchdays in CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup (June 8, home v Panama; June 13, home v Trinidad & Tobago).

    On Sunday, Rodney Wallace -- another Costa Rica international -- was used at left back in Matarrita's place in a 2-1 loss to visiting Orlando City SC.

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