Gloriana Villalobos (#10), only 14-years-old, is a player to watch for Costa Rica at the under-17 and under-20 levels. (Photo: Mexsport)
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica.- Costa Rica announced Tuesday its 21-player roster for the 2014 FIFA Women’s U-17 World Cup, which it will host, March 15-April 4.
The team will be making its second appearance in the competition, but first since the inaugural edition in 2008.
Included in the selection is 14-year-old midfielder Gloriana Villalobos, who was a standout performer during the Ticas’ run to a third-place finish at the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship in January.
Costa Rica will open Group A play on March 15 against Venezuela at the Estadio Nacional in San Jose, before facing Italy (March 18) and Zambia (March 22).
COSTA RICA UNDER-17 WOMEN’S ROSTER
(FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup: March 15-April 4, 2014, in Costa Rica)
GOALKEEPERS: Maria Pardo (Saprissa), Yolian Salas (UD Moravia), Abigail Vega (Regional de Sarapiqui)
DEFENDERS: Maria Araya (AD San Carlos), Ana Chaves (UD Moravia), Maria Coto (UCEM Alajuela), Maria Elizondo (Municipal Turrialba), Natalia Harley (AD Dimas Escazu), Mariana Mora (Jaco Rays FC), Fabiola Villalobos (Arenal Coronado)
MIDFIELDERS: Yaniela Arias (AD San Carlos), Priscilla Bermudez (UCEM Alajuela), Mariela Campos (Municipal Liberia), Indira Gonzalez (UCEM Alajuela), Emilie Valenciano (AD San Ramon), Gloriana Villalobos (Saprissa), Deily Wilson (Regional de Sarapiqui)
FORWARDS: Ariel Barquero (UCEM Alajuela), Naomi Molina (AD Corredores), Sofia Varela (Fortuna de Desamparados), Kenlly Villalobos (AD San Carlos)