John Jairo Ruiz (#11) earned a place on Costa Rica's roster for its March 5, 2014, friendly against Paraguay. (Photo: Mexsport)
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – John Jairo Ruiz has received a call up to Costa Rica for next week’s friendly against visiting Paraguay, head coach Jorge Luis Pinto announced Thursday.
The 20-year-old forward plays for Lille in France and achieved nororiety for scoring three goals in four matches at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Pinto named 21 other players to the squad, including two from CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinalist Alajuelense – goalkeeper Patrick Pemberton and defender Jose Salvatierra.
"Undoubtedly, this list does not represent what the complete call to World Cup will be, but we are looking at a few alternatives,” said Pinto. “Similarly we want to continue the process of with some players, but this does not mean that they have a fixed place at the World Cup.”
Costa Rica’s attack will be fortified with Real Salt Lake’s Alvaro Saborio, who scored a team-best eight goals in qualifying for Brazil 2014, as well as Joel Campbell. The 21-year-old netted for Greece’s Olimpiacos in 2-0 UEFA Champions League win over Manchester United on Tuesday.
The Ticos will host Paraguay on Wednesday at the Estadio Nacional
COSTA RICA ROSTER
(International friendly: March 5, 2014, home v Paraguay)
GOALKEEPERS: Keilor Navas (Levante/Spain), Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense)
DEFENDERS: Jose Salvatierra (Alajuelense), Cristian Gamboa (Rosenborg/Norway), Giancarlo Gonzalez (Columbus Crew/USA), Junior Diaz (Mainz 05/Germany), Roy Miller (New York Red Bulls/USA), Michael Umaña (Saprissa), Oscar Duarte (Club Brugge/Belgium), Waylon Francis (Columbus Crew/USA)
MIDFIELDERS: Michael Barrantes (Aalesund/Norway), Jose Miguel Cubero (Herediano), Yeltsin Tejeda (Saprissa), Diego Calvo (Valerenga/Norway), Oscar Esteban Granados (Herediano), Bryan Ruiz (PSV Eindhoven/Netherlands), Celso Borges (AIK/Sweden), Christian Bolaños (FC Copenhagen/Denmark)
FORWARDS: Joel Campbell (Olympiacos/Greece), Marco Ureña (Kuban Krasnodar/Russia), Álvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake/USA), John Jairo Ruiz (Lille/France)