• Friday Oct 04, 2013

    Costa Rica picks full-strength squad for WCQs

    Joel Campbell (pictured) was called up to Costa Rica for World Cup qualifiers on October 11 & 15, 2013. (Photo: Mexsport)


    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – Head coach Jorge Luis Pinto has included all 14 players that appeared in Costa Rica’s last World Cup encounter – a 1-1 draw at Jamaica that, combined with a 2-2 draw between Honduras and Panama the same day, qualified it for next year’s World Cup finals – on his 22-man roster for the remaining two matchdays of the CONCACAF Hexagonal.

    The announcement came on Friday as the Ticos look ahead to upcoming games at third-place Honduras on October 11 and home against Mexico four days later.

    Forwards Joel Campbell and Alvaro Saborio, who have each appeared in a team-high 13 qualifiers, were included in the selection.

    Costa Rica, which missed out on South Africa 2010 after falling to Uruguay 2-1 on aggregate in an Intercontinental Playoff, currently sits second in the table with 15 points, one behind the United States. 

    The current Central American champion will open its training camp on Monday.



    (World Cup Qualifying – October 11, 2013, away v Honduras; October 15, 2013, home v Mexico)

    GOALKEEPERS: Keylor Navas (Levante/Spain), Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense)

    DEFENDERS: Johnny Acosta (Alajuelense), Junior Díaz (Mainz/Germany), Oscar Duarte (Club Brugge/Belgium), Cristian Gamboa (Rosenborg/Norway), Giancarlo Gonzalez (Valerenga/Norway), Carlos Johnson (Cartagines), Bryan Oviedo (Everton/England), Michael Umaña (Saprissa)

    MIDFIELDERS: Michael Barrantes (Aalesunds/Norway), Cristian Bolaños (FC Copenhagen/Denmark), Celso Borges (AIK/Sweden), Diego Calvo (Valerenga/Norway), Jose Miguel Cubero (Herediano), Yeltsin Tejeda (Saprissa)

    FORWARDS: Randall Brenes (Cartagines), Joel Campbell (Olympiakos/Greece), Víctor Núñez (Herediano), Bryan Ruiz (Fulham/England), Alvaro Saborío (Real Salt Lake/USA), Rodney Wallace (Portland Timbers/USA)

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