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Costa Rica names team for WCup qualifiers

Costa Rica names team for WCup qualifiers

Costa Rica stuck with the same core of players that has taken it to the top of regional qualifying for the World Cup when it announced its squad for key games next month.
Midfielders Walter Centeno and Celso Borges and striker Bryan Ruiz were all included in a 26-man squad announced on Monday for qualifiers next month against Mexico and El Salvador.
Coach Rodrigo Kenton also called up three new players to the squad, including defenders Heiner Mora and Giancarlo Gonzalez. Kenton was roundly criticized after Costa Rica's 4-0 loss in a qualifier earlier this month against Honduras.
After six of 10 qualifying games in the North and Central America and Caribbean region, Costa Rica leads with 12 points followed by the United States and Honduras (10), Mexico (9) and El Salvador and Trinidad and Tobago (5). The top three teams advance automatically to next year's World Cup in South Africa. The No. 4 team faces a playoff with the No. 5 from South America for another berth.
Costa Rica plays at home against Mexico on Sept. 5, and goes to El Salvador on Sept. 9. It is at home against Trinidad and Tobago on Oct. 10 and plays at the United States on Oct. 14.
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Costa Rica Squad (all playing in Costa Rica unless otherwise indicated)
Goalkeepers: Adrian de Lemos, Ricardo Gonzalez, Daniel Cambronero.
Defenders: Michael Umana, Dario Delgado, Dennis Marshall, Jose Villalobos Chan, Heiner Mora, Giancarlo Gonzalez, Carlos Johnson (Red Bulls, New York), Pablo Herrera (Aalesunds FK, Norway), Junior Diaz (Wisla, Poland).
Midfielders: Cristian Oviedo, Warren Granados, Walter Centeno, Armando Alonso, Esteban Sirias, Esteban Granados, Celso Borges (Fredrikstad, Norway), Cristian Bolanos (Start Kristiansand, Norway), Carlos Hernandez (Melbourne Victory, Australia).
Forwards: William Sunsing, Alejandro Sequeira, Alvaro Saborio (Sion, Switzerland), Froylan Ledezma (Trenkwalder Admira, Austria), Bryan Ruiz (Twente, Netherlands).


Updated : 2021-03-01 16:24 GMT+08:00