Amelia Valverde (pictured) was named head coach of the Costa Rica women's national team on January 12, 2015. (Photo courtesy of fedefutbol.com)
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – The Costa Rican Football Federation announced Monday that Amelia Valverde has been named head coach of the women’s national team.
Valverde replaces Garabet Avedissian, who stepped away from the post on January 5 just months after guiding the Ticas to their first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup berth.
“There is little time for preparation and no one knows better how to guide the national team than Amelia,” said Adrian Gutierrez, president of the Costa Rican National Teams Committee. “She knows the team. She has a very good acceptance from the players and she has been with them during the entire process. She has the sufficient capability to take charge."
Valverde has been with the national team since 2011 in various roles, including as the conditioning coach and, later, as assistant coach of the senior and under-20 teams.
“I’m very aware of the commitment and the responsibility that goes with this,” said Valverde. “We are going to give it our all in taking advantage of the time that we have in order to prepare the team.
“It gives me a lot of satisfaction that they are have trust in my work.”
For the Women’s World Cup, Costa Rica – runner-up at the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship – is slated to open it Group E schedule on June 9 Spain in Montreal, Canada.
“We are going to compete in the World Cup,” finished Valverde. “We know that the competition is not easy on the global stage, it is very demanding, but we are going to work on that to be able to go there well prepared.”