After participating in the FIFA Women’s World Cup for the first time in 2015, Costa Rica will be looking to continue its progress by making its first appearance in the Olympic Games. At the World Cup, the Ticas posted a commendable 0W-2D-1L record with each match being decided by one goal or fewer.
In the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship semifinals, Costa Rica prevailed over Trinidad & Tobago, 3-0 on penalty kicks, after a 1-1 draw, to earn a place at Canada 2015.
To reach the 2016 CWOQ tournament, it captured the top spot in Central American qualifying with a 3W-0D-0L record as Melissa Herrera (19) and Karla Villalobos (29) finished as the tournament’s co-top scorers with three goals each. Herrera and Villalobos, as well as Raquel Rodriguez Cedeño (22), netted once each at the World Cup.
Costa Rica’s star performer is midfielder Shirley Cruz, who plays with Paris Saint-Germain in France. She has scored eight goals in 50 UEFA Women’s Champions League games. Cruz finished as runner-up to the USA’s Abby Wambach voting for the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Player of the Year award.