Rodney Wallace (pictured) has made three appearances for Costa Rica in 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying. (Photo: Mexsport)
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – Neither Rodney Wallace nor his Costa Rica teammates plan to rely on past successes to achieve future ones.
While the Ticos impressed with a quarterfinal finish in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Wallace believes they still must prove themselves worthy of reaching the 2018 edition.
"As a country we are proud of what was accomplished in 2014, but now it's a new cycle and Russia is the goal," said the 29-year-old winger.
Costa Rica (4W-3D-1L, 15 points) sits second in the CONCACAF Hexagonal table and needs only one point from its last two matches to guarantee a fourth World Cup trip in the last five tournaments. Fifth-place visitor Honduras (2W-3D-3L, 9) will provide the opposition on October 6, before Oscar Ramirez’s squad travels to third-place Panama (2W-4D-3L, 10) four days later.
"We expect to win," Wallace commented on the Honduras encounter. "They are a team that plays hard, but we play harder and smarter. We are a complete team from top to bottom.”
A member the New York City FC squad that has clinched a spot in the 2017 Major League Soccer playoffs, Wallace is hoping to play in the World Cup for the first time.
"For me it would mean a lot to be part of qualification," he finished. "It speaks volumes in where I am in my career."