Costa Rica rallies to top Venezuela in friendly

Costa Rica's Bryan Ruiz (red jersey) looks to dribble against visiting Venezuela on May 27, 2016, in San Jose. (Photo courtesy of Federación Costarricense de Fútbol)

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – Costa Rica won for the fourth straight time at home, rallying for a 2-1 victory over visiting Venezuela in an international friendly on Friday.

The Ticos conceded a goal for the time during that stretch, but Cristian Gamboa and Ariel Rodriguez netted after Salomon Rondon had given the South Americans a lead.

Both teams are preparing for the upcoming Copa America Centenario, which will be played June 3-26, 2016, in the United States.

Rondon put Venezuela ahead 1-0 in the 30th minute, finishing coolly with his left foot in the left side of the box from 12-yards out off an assist by Josef Martinez.

After goalkeeper Patrick Pemberton made a tremendous save on a Juan Anor effort to prevent his team from falling further behind, Costa Rica gained more fluidity and leveled in the 41st minute. A right-footed attempt from 36-yards out by Gamboa appeared to take a slight deflection off a defender, before skipping just inside the left post past diving goalkeeper Jose Contreras.

Half-time substitute Rodriguez, on his international debut, struck for the game-winner four minutes into the second half. Bryan Ruiz found the Thailand-based forward in the left side of the box. After having his path partially blocked, Rodriguez took a step back and snapped a right-footed shot from 16 yards that found the right side of the net.

Costa Rica opens Copa America Centenario play on June 4 against Paraguay in Orlando, Florida.