• Saturday Nov 04, 2017

    Costa Rica squad named for European friendlies

    Costa Rica midfielder Celso Borges (red jersey) scored one goal in 15 CONCACAF qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. (Photo: Mexsport)

    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – Costa Rica head coach Oscar Ramirez announced Friday a 23-man roster for international friendlies on the road against Spain (November 11) and Hungary (November 14).

    The matches will be the Ticos’ last two of the year as they launch preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

    "There are several objectives,” Ramirez said about the trip to Europe.  “One is to see several players who have been injured or who have not been regulars with their teams in order to observe the demeanor they have with the side.”

    Two players with Spanish clubs – goalkeeper Dany Carvajal (Albacete) and midfielder Celso Borges (Deportivo La Coruña) – received call-ups, as did Portugal-based midfielder Bryan Ruiz, the 2016 CONCACAF Player of the Year.

    Costa Rica’s last game in Europe came on October 9, 2016, when it earned a 4-3 win over host Russia.  Ruiz is the only player on the current roster to score in that encounter, giving the Central American power a 2-0 lead in the 29th minute.

    ROSTER

    GOALKEEPERS: Dany Carvajal (Albacete/Spain), Leonel Moreira (Herediano), Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense)

    DEFENDERS: Francisco Calvo (Minnesota United/USA), Oscar Duarte (Espanyol/Spain), Cristian Gamboa (Celtic/Scotland), Giancarlo Gonzalez (Bologna/Italy), Kenner Gutierrez (Alajuelense), Ronald Matarrita (New York City FC/USA), Bryan Oviedo (Sunderland/England), Jose Salvatierra (Alajuelense), Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps FC/Canada)

    MIDFIELDERS: Christian Bolaños (Vancouver Whitecaps FC/Canada), Celso Borges (Deportivo La Coruña/Spain), Daniel Colindres (Saprissa), David Guzman (Portland Timbers/USA), Osvaldo Rodríguez (Santos de Guapiles), Bryan Ruiz (Sporting Lisbon/Portugal), Yeltsin Tejeda (FC Laussane-Sport/Switzerland), Rodney Wallace (New York City FC/USA)

    FORWARDS: Jose Guillermo Ortiz (Herediano), Marco Ureña (San Jose Earthquakes/USA), Johan Venegas (Minnesota United/USA)

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