Forward Joel Campbell (red jersey) was named to Costa Rica's provisional World Cup roster on May 12, 2014. (Photo: Mexsport)
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- Costa Rica head coach Jorge Luis Pinto announced Monday a provisional World Cup roster of 30 players, 26 of whom will report to a training camp that starts on May 16.
The Colombian emphasized that while outstanding play may have merited a spot on the initial list, tickets on the plane to Brazil will have to be earned over the course of two weeks.
“It is important to be clear that the camp can remove or add players,” Pinto said. “There will be work, tactical requirements and delivery. In training, the player knows to give everything.”
The selection includes three defenders from newly crowned Costa Rican champion Saprissa – defenders Heiner Mora, Michael Umaña and Kendall Waston. The Monstruo Morado conceded only 18 goals in 22 regular season games and shutout Alajuelense twice in the two-legged final.
Real Salt Lake forward Alvaro Saborio, who led the Ticos in scoring for Brazil 2014 with eight goals, was called in. His potential strike partner, Joel Campbell, also secured an invitation. The 21-year-old, on loan to Greek side Olimpiacos from Arsenal, scored at least one goal in four international tournaments during 2011: the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship, the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, the CONCACAF Gold Cup and the Copa America.
Costa Rica will play Japan (June 2 in Tampa, Florida, USA) and Ireland (June 7 in Foxborough, Masschusetts) in international friendlies, before flying to Brazil.
COSTA RICA PRELIMNARY WORLD CUP ROSTER
(as of May 12, 2014)
GOALKEEPERS: *Esteban Alvarado (AZ Alkmaar/Holland), Daniel Cambronero (Herediano), Keilor Navas (Levante/Spain), Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense)
DEFENDERS: Jhonny Acosta (Alajuelense), Junior Diaz (Mainz 05/Germany), Oscar Duarte (Club Brugge/Belgium), Waylon Francis (Columbus Crew/USA), Christian Gamboa (Rosenborg), Giancarlo Gonzalez (Columbus Crew/USA), Roy Miller (New York Red Bulls/USA), Heiner Mora (Saprissa), Michael Umaña (Saprissa), Kendall Waston (Saprissa)
MIDFIELDERS: *Hansell Arauz (Saprissa), Michael Barrantes (Aalesund/Norway), Christian Bolaños (FC Copenhagen/Denmark), Celso Borges (AIK/Sweden), Diego Calvo (Valerenga/Norway), Jose Miguel Cubero (Herediano), Oscar Esteban Granados (Herediano), Carlos Hernandez (Wellington Phoenix/New Zealand), *Ariel Rodriguez (Alajuelense), Yeltsin Tejeda (Saprissa)
FORWARDS: *Jairo Arrieta (Columbus Crew/USA), Randall Brenes (Cartagines), Joel Campbell (Olympiacos/Greece), Bryan Ruiz (PSV Eindhoven/Holland), Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake/USA), Marco Ureña (Kuban Krasnodar/Russia)
* on stand-by list