• Monday Jun 17, 2013

    Costa Rica looks to stay on right track

    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- Costa Rica has been one of the big surprises of the CONCACAF hexagonal.

    The Ticos find themselves in second place in World Cup qualifying with a 2-2-1 record and eight points, ahead of Mexico by goal difference. Both teams trail the leader, the United States (3-1-1, 10 pts.), but midfielder Christian Bolanos felt his teammates should not be patting themselves on the back -- yet.

    "As they say, the parties have to play and we will leave to play with a winning mentality," he said. "The team is highly motivated and has a lot of confidence, but we must be clear that we have not won anything. We have not qualified for the [World Cup], so every game we go out looking to win the three points."

    The Costa Ricans host fifth-place Panama (1-3-1, 6 pts.) in San Jose on Tuesday night. They tied Los Canaleros in their first very hexagonal encounter, 2-2, in February.

    Midfielder Michael Barrantes remembered what transpired in that first meeting. The Panamanians grabbed a two-goal advantage and the Ticos were forced to rally with two late goals to walk out of the Estadio Rommel Fernandez with a precious road point.

    "We do not want to happen again what happened to us in Panama," Barrantes said. "We gave away 20 minutes and had almost lost the game. The team had a very good attitude and…got at least a draw."

    Costa Rica's last World Cup appearance was in 2006, coming close to reaching South Africa 2010, finishing fourth in the hexagonal before losing to Uruguay in a home-and-home playoff. They are trying to book a spot in their fourth World Cup, playing in the 1990 and 2002 competitions as well.

    "We need to win, because these three points us closer to the dream of returning to participate in a World Cup," Barrantes said.

    The Ticos enter the game riding a three-game unbeaten streak in qualifying, conceding no goals over that stretch.

  • Champions League

    Related News



RELATED NEWS YOU'LL LIKE

Ticket Lottery Details Announced for CONCACAF Cup Match between USA and Mexico on October 10 at the Rose Bowl

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) today announced details for the ticketing process to be implemented for the CONCACAF Cup, which is being presented by Scotiabank – the FIFA Confederations Cup playoff match between the United States and Mexico on Saturday, October 10, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA (6 pm PT).

CONCACAF Announces Details of Copa America Centenario Play-in Matches, Scheduled for January 8 in Panama

Panama vs. Cuba and Trinidad & Tobago vs. Haiti to determine Confederation’s final two entrants in historic tournament

Ticket Purchase Lottery Opens September 9 for CONCACAF Cup

Fans can register at www.CONCACAF.com for opportunity to purchase tickets

Mexico vs Honduras Highlights

Mexico vs Honduras Highlights

Final 23-Player Rosters for CONCACAF Cup 2015 Chosen by Mexico and United States

Both teams name final lists for October 10 match at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl