Rodney Wallace (pictured) was named to Costa Rica's roster for the 2014 Central American Cup. (Photo: Mexsport)
PORTLAND, Oregon – When the Central American Cup 2014 USA Tigo opens on Wednesday at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium in Washington D.C., the occasion will hold extra meaning for Costa Rica’s Rodney Wallace.
The Portland Timbers midfielder returns to the place where he started his professional career with Major League Soccer’s D.C. United of Major League Soccer. It will also be his first international match since undergoing right-knee surgery last December.
“It is a great moment for me, it is something that I have tried to earn since I got injured,” said Wallace, who scored in Costa Rica’s 1-0 win over El Salvador in the 2013 edition of the competition. “I have worked so much to get to this stage to again play for the national team.
“It is something special to return to the place where I started my career. It is a stadium that I have also held close to my heart and now to return to play there with the national team is going to be very special in front of my family.”
Costa Rica enters the tournament as the reigning champion and Wallace emphasized that the Ticos are only thinking about repeating.
“It is a very important tournament that we have to win,” he expressed. “We are not going just to compete. We are going into the tournament to win because it means a lot for the country to be able to take home with us another cup.”
Costa Rica will kick off defense of its title against Nicaragua.