Costa Rica to host U.S. in pair of U-20 friendlies

Action from the under-20 international friendly between host Costa Rica and Canada (white jersey) on September 3, 2016. (Photo courtesy of Federación Costarricense de Fútbol)

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – The Costa Rica under-20 national team will complete its 2016 activities with a pair of friendlies against its counterpart from the United States.

The sides will meet on December 17 and 19, with the Complejo Deportivo Fedefútbol-Plycem being the site for the first encounter, while the second venue remains to be determined.

Both selections are preparing for the next CONCACAF Under-20 Championship, which Costa Rica will host February 17-March 3, 2017.

“The United States is a good team of high level, which we could come across in an eventual second-round game, so it will be good to see how we are against them and thus get to know them," said Costa Rica head coach Marcelo Herrera.

After the matches, Costa Rica will train until December 21 and then take a break until January 2.

For the CONCACAF event, the Costa Ricans were seeded into Group C, and will face El Salvador, Bermuda and Trinidad & Tobago. The U.S., Panama, St. Kitts & Nevis and Haiti make up Group B.