SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – Costa Rica unveiled an 18-player roster on Tuesday for its away international friendly on August 14 against the Dominican Republic. The match, which according to FIFA records is the first-ever between the sides, will be played at the Estadio Quisqueya in Santo Domingo.
Ten players based in Europe highlight the selection, which also consists of six with clubs participating in this season’s CONCACAF Champions League (four with Herediano, two with Alajuelense).
The Ticos advanced to the quarterfinals of last month’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, before falling to Honduras 1-0 in Baltimore, Maryland. Eight of the players seeing time on the field in that match will make the trip to the Caribbean.
Head coach Jorge Luis Pinto is using the game as preparation for the resumption of World Cup Qualifying in September. Costa Rica is in second place in the final round with 11 points, two behind the United States. It returns to Hexagonal action on September 6 against the Americans in a highly anticipated top-of-the-table clash.
Forward Victor Nuñez, who scored in Herediano’s 6-1 Champions League win over Valencia of Haiti on Thursday, was born in the Dominican Republic.
COSTA RICA ROSTER
(August 14, 2013 – away v Dominican Republic)
GOALKEEPERS: Leonel Moreira (Herediano), *Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense)
DEFENDERS: Johnny Acosta (Alajuelense), *Junior Diaz (Mainz 05/Germany), Oscar Duarte (Club Brugge/Belgium), Christian Gamboa (Rosenborg/Norway), *Giancarlo Gonzalez (Valerenga/Norway)
MIDFIELDERS: *Michael Barrantes (Aalesund/Norway), Christian Bolaños (FC Copenhagen), *Celso Borges (AIK, Sweden), Diego Calvo (Valerenga/Norway), *Mauricio Castillo (Saprissa), Jose Miguel Cubero (Herediano), *Yeltsin Tejeda (Saprissa)
FORWARDS: Víctor Núñez (Herediano), Jonathan McDonald (Kalmar/Sweden), Bryan Ruiz (Fulham/England), *Yendrick Ruiz (Herediano)
* Played in CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal against Honduras on July 21, 2013.