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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Costa Rica Men's National Soccer Team News

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September 8, 2015 - Bryan Ruíz scores in win over Uruguay
"coach Óscar Ramírez, who was hired just three weeks ago, helped Costa Rica end a brutal winless streak with a 1-0 win against two-time World Cup champion Uruguay on Tuesday night at San José’s National Stadium. In its previous 10 games, the national team was 0-5-5 headed into the friendly, not having won since last October. 'La Sele' netted the game’s lone goal when Joel Campbell lofted a pass into the box that captain Bryan Ruíz put home with a header in the seventh minute. Though he was relegated to the bench for most of Saturday’s friendly against Brazil, Campbell started at striker over Marco Ureña and showed why he remains Costa Rica’s best option at the position with his beautiful touch pass." - Tico Times

August 31, 2015 - roster named for Brazil & Uruguay friendlies
  • Goalkeepers: Esteban Alvarado (Trabzonspor/Turkey), Keylor Navas (Real Madrid/Spain), Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense) 
  • Defenders: Johnny Acosta (Alajuelense), Francisco Calvo (Saprissa), Junior Diaz (Darmstadt 98/Germany), Oscar Duarte (Club Brugge), Cristian Gamboa (West Bromwich/England), Giancarlo Gonzalez (Palermo/Italy), Dave Myrie (Herediano), Bryan Oviedo (Everton/Costa Rica) 
  • Midfielders: Elias Aguilar (Herediano), Celso Borges (Deportivo La Coruña/Spain), David Guzman (Saprissa), Ronald Matarrita (Alajuelense), Ariel Rodríguez (Alajuelense), Bryan Ruiz (Sporting Lisbon/Portugal), Yeltsin Tejeda (Evian/France) 
  • Forwards: Joel Campbell (Arsenal/England), Daniel Colindres (Saprissa), Alvaro Saborio (D.C. United/USA), Marco Ureña (Midtjylland/Denmark), Johan Venegas (Impact de Montreal/Canada)
August 23, 2015 - Ronald Matarria scores in qualifying win over Guatemala
"Costa Rica captured a place in the CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, defeating visiting Guatemala 1-0 on Sunday at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa to win their Central American Olympic Qualifying playoff by the same aggregate score. Ronald Matarria scored the game’s only goal in the 56th minute off an assist from second-half substitute Gabriel Leiva." - CONCACAF

June 24, 2015 - Gold Cup roster
  • Goalkeepers: Esteban Alvarado (Unattached); Dany Carvajal (Saprissa); Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense)
  • Defenders: Keyner Brown (Herediano); Francisco Calvo (Saprissa); Junior Diaz (FSV Mainz 05/Germany); Christian Gamboa (West Bromwich Albion/England); Giancarlo Gonzalez (Palermo/Italy); Roy Miller (New York Red Bulls); Dave Myrie (Herediano); Michael Umana (Persepolis FC/Iran)
  • Midfielders: Elias Aguilar (Herediano); Marvin Angulo (Saprissa); Celso Borges (Dep. Coruna/Spain); Jose Miguel Cubero (Blackpool/England); David Guzman (Saprissa); Bryan Ruiz (Fulham/England); Deyver Vega (Saprissa); Johan Venegas (Alajuelense)
  • Forwards: Joel Campbell (Arsenal FC/England); Jonathan McDonald (Alajuelense); David Ramirez (Saprissa); Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake)
March 19, 2015 - roster named for Paraguay & Panama friendlies
  • Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas (Real Madrid, Spain), Esteban Alvarado (AZ Alkmaar, Netherlands)
  • Defenders: Dave Myrie (Herediano), Jordan Smith (Saprissa), Oscar Duarte (Bruges, Belgium), Keyner Brown (Herediano), Junior Díaz (Mainz 05, Germany), Francisco Calvo (Santos), Lemark Hernández (Limón), Waylon Francis (Columbus Crew, U.S.).
  • Midfielders: Johan Venegas (Alajuelense), Celso Borges (Deportivo La Coruña, Spain), David Guzmán (Saprissa), Yeltsin Tejeda (Evian, France), Esteban Granados (Herediano), Deyver Vega (Saprissa), Elías Aguilar (Herediano)
  • Forwards: Joel Campbell (Villareal, Spain), Aarón Navarro (AS Puma), Bryan Ruiz (Fulham, England), John Jairo Ruiz (Oostende, Belgium), Álvaro Saborío (Real Salt Lake, U.S.), Marco Ureña (Midtjylland, Denmark), José Guillermo Ortiz (Alajuelense)
February 4, 2015 - Gonzalo Segares retires
"Costa Rica international defender Gonzalo Segares announced Wednesday his retirement from soccer. With the exception of a 12-game stint with Cyprus’ Apollon Limassol in 2010, the 32-year-old played virtually his entire 10-year career with the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer....The 5-11, 170-lb. Segares appeared in 19 games for the Ticos, making his international debut in 2007. He played in eight CONCACAF qualifiers for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and was a member of the side that reached the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals." - CONCACAF

November 13, 2014 - penalty kicks win it over Uruguay
"Costa Rica defeated Uruguay on penalties after their friendly in Montevideo ended 3-3 after 90 minutes on Thursday. Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani picked up goals for Uruguay, but it was the Ticos who prevailed 7-6 from the spot after Egidio Arevalo and Guzman Pereira failed to convert. Costa Rica, fresh off a World Cup in which they surprised nearly everyone by reaching the quaterfinals, took an early lead against the run of play through Alvaro Saborio's header in the first half. Suarez slotted home a Cristian Rodriguez cross five minutes after the break to equlise, but Bryan Ruiz again put Costa Rica in front a minute later with a shot from outside the box. Uruguay's Jose Gimenez headed home from a free kick in the 64th minute to level the score a second time, and Cavani gave the hosts the lead three minutes later. But the visitors struck back in the 90th minute through Johan Venegas, who slotted home a through ball from Saborio to force the game to be decided on penalties. Suarez opened the shootout with a goal but Celso Borges then hit the bar with Costa Rica's first attempt. Arevalo could have won the match with Uruguay's fifth shot, but World Cup hero Keylor Navas saved to extend the shootout. Three rounds later, Pereira missed high and Cristian Gamboa slotted home to give Costa Rica the victory." - ESPN

October 14, 2014 - Celso Borges scores brace in win over South Korea
"Two goals from Celso Borges gave Costa Rica a 3-1 win over South Korea on Tuesday in a friendly. Borges scored either side of halftime at Seoul World Cup Stadium as Uli Stielike was beaten for the first time as South Korea coach in his second game in charge. Seven minutes before the break, Borges swept home a low shot from just inside the area following good work from Bryan Ruiz. The lead was short-lived, however, as Son Heung-min's low cross from the right was turned in by Lee Dong-gook just before halftime. Seconds after the restart, Borges back-heeled his team back in front. Then, with 12 minutes remaining, Oscar Duarte headed home a corner despite South Korean complaints of a foul on goalkeeper Kim Seung-gyu in the build-up." - Daily Astorian

October 10, 2014 - Saborio, Ruiz, Bustos & Ramirez score in win over Oman
"Costa Rica overcame Oman 4-3 in a friendly clash...  Paulo Wanchope's Costa Rica side went ahead as early as the fifth minute, Bryan Ruiz whipped a corner in from the right and Alvaro Saborio headed home as Oman goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi flapped at the delivery....  Costa Rica went in at the break ahead when John Jairo Ruiz hit an effort that Al Habsi was unable to keep out after good work down the right from Bryan Ruiz.... Juan Bustos slammed home via the post after Junior Diaz had bustled his way into the penalty area past an Oman defence that passed up at least four chances to clear.... And Bustos turned provider of sorts for number four as his overhit throughball should have been easily dealt with by defender Abdul Sallam Amur or Al Habsi, but they each left the ball for each other and substitute David Ramirez prodded home." - Sportal

October 2, 2014 - roster updates
"Costa Rica head coach Paulo Cesar Wanchope unveiled Wednesday the names of 21 players selected for international friendlies at Oman and Korea Republic on October 10 and October 14, respectively. The squad is comprised of 17 foreign-based competitors, including Real Salt Lake forward Alvaro Saborio and Everton defender Bryan Oviedo, both of whom recently returned from injury layoffs.  Saborio is coming back after breaking the fifth metatarsal in his right foot training with the national team at the end of May, while Oviedo has resumed playing after suffering a broken left leg in January. Another defender, Felicio Brown, is a new face in the side.  The 23-year-old, who plays with Ufa in Russia, represented Germany at the youth level, but has never been called up to its senior team." - CONCACAF

September 13, 2014 - Bustos & Ruiz score for title win over Guatemala
"Costa Rica captured a record eighth Central American Cup (CCA) title, overcoming a one-goal deficit to register a 2-1 victory over Guatemala in the final at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday night. Juan Bustos' first career international goal broke a 1-1 tie in the 56th minute for the Ticos, who had an equalizing score by Bryan Ruiz. Carlos Ruiz's penalty-kick conversion gave the Guatemalans an early lead.... The Chapines drew first blood in the 25th minute, two minutes after defender Roy Miller was whistled for tripping Ruiz in the box.  The Municipal star took the ensuing penalty kick, sending it up the middle as goalkeeper Patrick Pemberton dove to his left.  It was Ruiz's second goal of this competition and the seventh of his CCA career. The Costa Ricans equalized in the 28th minute after Sergio Trujillo knocked down Armando Alonso to set up a free kick.  Ruiz had little trouble finding the target, firing a 28-yard shot that nestled into the upper right corner." - CONCACAF

September 7, 2014 - Venegas & Borges score in advancing draw with Panama
"Costa Rica rallied from a two-goal deficit to record a 2-2 Group B draw with Panama in the Central American Cup and book a berth in its seventh straight CONCACAF Gold Cup at the Cotton Bowl on Sunday. Johan Venegas halved the lead in the 81st minute and Celso Borges converted a penalty kick five minutes later.  The Ticos (1-1-0 4 points) needed heroics by goalkeeper Patrick Pemberton in stoppage time as the Alajuelense star denied Gabriel Gomez the game-winner with a spectacular penalty-kick save." - CONCACAF

September 3, 2014 - Borges, Ureña & Venegas score in win over Nicaragua
"Costa Rica took an early perch atop Group B on Wednesday, posting a 3-0 win over Nicaragua in the opening match of the Central American Cup (CCA) at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium. Celso Borges, Marco Ureña and Johan Venegas all found the back of the net as the Ticos embarked on the first steps of their title defense.... Nicaragua, though, forced the seven-time champion to wait until the 39th minute to get on the scoreboard.  A handball Medardo Martinez in the box compelled referee Hector Rodriguez to point to the spot, where Celso Borges converted the subsequent penalty kick.  It was Borges’ third career CCA goal and he has now scored in three straight editions of the competition. After the break, Costa Rica kept its foot on the gas and doubled the lead in the 49th minute.  Arsenal’s Joel Campbell laid a ball off inside the 18-yard box to Ureña, who made no mistake with his left-footed strike that found the top corner. Second-half substitute Johan Venegas made it 3-0 in the 85th minute, heading in Christopher Meneses’ partially deflected left-sided cross." - CONCACAF

September 1, 2014 - Central American Cup roster
  • Goalkeepers: Daniel Cambronero (Herediano, CRC); Kevin Briceño (Saprissa, CRC); Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense, CRC) 
  • Defenders: Johnny Acosta (Alajuelense, CRC); Porfirio Lopez (Alajuelense, CRC); Juan Diego Madrigal (Inter Baku, AZE); Oscar Duarte (Club Brugge, BEL); Christopher Meneses (IFK Norrköping, SWE); Dave Myrie (Herediano, CRC); Pablo Salazar (Herediano, CRC) 
  • Midfielders: Celso Borges (AIK, SWE); Armando Alonso (Alajuelense, CRC); David Ramirez (Saprissa, CRC); Rodney Wallace (Portland Timbers, CRC); Jose Miguel Cubero (Blackpool, ENG); Juan Gabriel Bustos (Saprissa, CRC); Johan Venegas (Alajuelense, CRC); Oscar Esteban Granados (Herediano, CRC) 
  • Forwards: Joel Campbell (Arsenal, ENG); Johan Condega (Cartaginés, CRC); Marco Ureña (FC Midtjylland, DEN)

June 29, 2014 - penalty shootout win over Greece
"Ten-man Costa Rica beat Greece in a penalty shootout Sunday to reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time. Michael Umana scored the decisive penalty as Costa Rica won the shootout 5-3 after the game ended 1-1 following extra time. Theofanis Gekas saw his penalty saved by Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas for the only miss in the shootout. Costa Rica had taken the lead early in the second half of regulation time through captain Bryan Ruiz but then had defender Oscar Duarte sent off in the 66th minute. Greece equalized in injury time of regulation time when Sokratis Papastathopoulos smashed in a rebound and finally made the team's numerical advantage pay." - ABC

June 20, 2014 - Bryan Ruiz upsets Italy
"Costa Rica have qualified from the “group of death” that was supposed to eat them alive, and nobody can say that they do not deserve it. After last Saturday’s 3-1 win over Uruguay, they went toe to toe with the four-times world champions and they were the better team. They shrugged off the harsh decision not to award them a 43rd-minute penalty for a barge by Giorgio Chiellini on Joel Campbell to strike the decisive blow through the captain Bryan Ruiz. The Fulham forward, who spent the second half of last season on loan at PSV Eindhoven, can cherish one of the goals of his life.... Costa Rica brought the game to life in the closing minutes of the first half, with the trigger being Óscar Duarte’s back header that looped just over. Initially, there was the burning sense of injustice. After Chiellini’s miscontrol had allowed Campbell to burst clear, the Italy defender chased back to bundle him over. The Chilean referee, Enrique Osses, was the only person inside the stadium who did not think it was a penalty. Jorge Luis Pinto raged on the touchline and when the half-time whistle blew, he thought about striding across the pitch to confront Osses, before being ushered away by his staff. But by then, his team had the lead. From Júnior Díaz’s left-wing cross, Bryan Ruiz got in between Chiellini and Matteo Darmian too easily to head home off the underside of the crossbar. Goal-line technology confirmed that the ball had bounced over the line." - Guardian

June 14, 2014 - Joel Campbell & friends upset Uruguay
"In a stunning start to its 2014 World Cup campaign, Costa Rica dispatched Uruguay, 3-1. Costa Rica arrived in Brazil as the clear underdog in Group D alongside Uruguay, England and Italy but prevailed on Saturday at Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza thanks a potent mixture of resilience, fearlessness and Joel Campbell. Uruguay, a semifinalist at the 2010 World Cup, grabbed an early 1-0 lead when striker Edinson Cavani coolly converted a penalty in the 24th minute.... With Campbell taking a leading role, Costa Rica would change that. The 21-year-old striker on loan to Olympiacos from Arsenal scored his first career World Cup goal to pull Costa Rica level in the 54th minute with a one-time, left-footed blast. Just minutes later, Costa Rica took a shock lead when Oscar Duarte scored on a diving header at the far post following a free kick." - Huffington Post

June 6, 2014 - Celso Borges scores in draw with Republic of Ireland
"A pair of second-half penalties decided Friday's friendly between Costa Rica and the Republic of Ireland, which ended 1-1. Costa Rica avoided a second straight defeat thanks to Celso Borges' spot-kick cancelled out Kevin Doyle's opener, while Ireland captain Robbie Keane was denied from 12 yards out soon after by substitute goalkeeper Patrick Pemberton. Pemberton, who replaced Keylor Navas at half-time, was crucial to Costa Rica holding on for a draw at PPL Park, Pennsylvania, with the Central Americans playing the entire second half with 10 players due to Giancarlo Gonzalez's 41st-minute red card." - Goal

June 1, 2014 - World Cup roster named
  •  Keylor Navas (Levante/SPA)
  • Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense)
  • Daniel Cambronero (Herediano)
  • Giancarlo Gonzalez (Columbus Crew)
  • Johnny Acosta (Alajuelense)
  • Michael Umana (Saprissa)
  • Roy Miller (New York Red Bulls)
  • Junior Diaz (Mainz/GER)
  • Christian Gamboa (Rosenborg/NOR)
  • Oscar Duarte (Club Brugge/BEL)
  • Waylon Francis (Columbus Crew)
  • Heiner Mora (Saprissa)
  • Michael Barrantes (Aalesunds/NOR)
  • Jose Miguel Cubero (Herediano)
  • Yeltsin Tejeda (Saprissa)
  • Celso Borges (AIK/SWE)
  • Esteban Granados (Herediano)
  • Christian Bolanos (FC Copenhagen/DEN)
  • Joel Campbell (Olympiakos/GRE)
  • Bryan Ruiz (PSV/NED)
  • Randall Brenes (Cartagines)
  • Diego Calvo (Valerenga/NOR)
  • Marco Urena (Kuban Krasnodar/RUS) 

May 29, 2014 - injured Alvaro Saborio out several months
"Real Salt Lake star forward Alvaro Saborio will miss the World Cup with a foot fracture suffered in training on Thursday — an injury that will keep him out of action 3-4 months, according to RSL. The 32-year-old Saborio, a starting striker for club and country, scored eight goals in World Cup qualifying and has 58 goals in 107 career MLS games with RSL (including six in 10 games this season), attempting to become the second player in league history to score double digits in goals in five straight seasons. His absence leaves on-loan PSV star Bryan Ruiz and Olympiakos forward Joel Campbell as the top attacking options in a brutal group for Los Ticos, who must face Uruguay, England and Italy in Group D." - Goal

May 10, 2014 - injured Bryan Oviedo to miss World Cup
"Costa Rica’s chances of advancing at the World Cup took a huge hit Saturday evening after the team confirmed star Bryan Oviedo would miss the tournament. Oviedo broke his left leg in two places in January, and doctors determined this weekend that the injury would not be healed in time for the World Cup. Oviedo’s absence means head coach Jorge Luis Pinto must replace his team’s best defender and possibly La Sele’s most versatile player a month before the World Cup. Costa Rica plays its first match against Uruguay on June 14.... The left-back suffered the injury while playing for his English Premier League club Everton on January 25. Recent X-rays done by Everton’s medical department showed the bone still had a ways to go before healing completely. Costa Rica’s head trainer Alejandro Ramírez said he agreed with the diagnosis." - The Tico Times


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