Costa Rica names Ruiz, Campbell to roster for World Cup qualifier vs. USA
Costa Rica manager Oscar Ramirez has called on the likes of Bryan Ruiz, Joel Campbell and Keylor Navas for a first-choice squad that will face the United States in the second game of the CONCACAF 2018 World Cup qualifying Hexagonal, the federation announced on Wednesday.
Costa Rica plays at Trinidad and Tobago to open the round on Nov. 11 before turning attention to the Americans, who have never won a World Cup qualifying Hexagonal match in San Jose (0-5-0 all time). The U.S. will be coming off a rivalry bout against Mexico in Columbus, Ohio, four days prior.
Los Ticos fell to the U.S. in their last meeting at Copa America Centenario, with Jurgen Klinsmann's squad easing to a 4-0 group-stage victory in Chicago.
Mexico is slated to release its roster to face the USA on Thursday.
Here is Costa Rica's roster in full:
GOALKEEPERS: Keylor Navas (Real Madrid), Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense), Esteban Alvarado (Trabzonspor)
DEFENDERS: Bryan Oviedo (Everton), Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps), Ronald Matarrita (New York City FC), Cristian Gamboa (Celtic), Michael Umaña (Alajuelense), Johnny Acosta (Herediano), Jose Salvatierra (Alajuelense), Francisco Calvo (Saprissa)
MIDFIELDERS: Celso Borges (Deportivo de La Coruña), Christian Bolaños (Vancouver Whitecaps), Rodney Wallace (Sport Recife), Johan Venegas (Montreal Impact), Randall Azofeifa (Herediano), Yeltsin Tejeda (Lausanne), David Guzman (Saprissa), Pablo Salazar (Herediano)
FORWARDS: Bryan Ruiz (Sporting Lisbon), Joel Campbell (Sporting Lisbon), Marco Ureña (Brondby), Ariel Rodriguez (Bangkok Glass)