• Friday Jul 25, 2014

    Pinto bids farewell to Costa Rica

    Jorge Luis Pinto announced on July 24, 2014, that he will not stay on as Costa Rica's head coach. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)

    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica-- Just weeks after guiding Costa Rica to its first-ever quarterfinal appearance at a FIFA World Cup, Jorge Luis Pinto announced Thursday that he will no longer continue as head coach.

    Although Pinto did not reveal any future plans, media reports indicated that multiple suitors have expressed interest in acquiring his services.

    In a second stint as Costa Rica’s manager, the 61-year-old Colombian was instrumental in bringing unprecedented footballing success to the country.  Over the past 19 months, the Ticos won the 2013 UNCAF Copa Centroamericana, advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup and finished as runner-up to the United States in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for Brazil 2014.

    Costa Rica went undefeated at the World Cup, topping Uruguay (3-1) and Italy (1-0) in group play, before drawing with England (0-0) to finish first in Group D.  After outlasting Greece on penalty kicks in the Round of 16, the Central Americans were eliminated by the Netherlands in the same fashion.

    Though no timeline has been established to hire a new coach, Costa Rica will look to defend its Copa Centroamericana title in September.


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