Costa Rican football’s biggest names – Keylor Navas, Bryan Ruíz, Celso Borges, and Joel Campbell – have been called upon to take on two former world champions in coach Óscar Ramírez’s debut. The new head coach announced his first 23-man lineup for the friendlies against Brazil and Uruguay at a Thursday news conference.
The biggest surprise is the glaring omission of forward David Ramírez, the 22-year-old who often looked like Costa Rica’s most lethal offensive weapon under Paulo Wanchope. Coach Ramírez said Thursday that the Saprissa striker was left off the team for the friendlies because of a suspension stemming from the Mexico loss in the Gold Cup quarterfinals. However, the player figures to return when “La Sele” begins World Cup qualifying matches in November.
Óscar Ramírez selected Daniel Colindres, the Saprissa teammate of David Ramírez, to fill the void at forward next to proven commodities like Campbell and Álvaro Saborío.
The 50-year-old head coach also called up three players from his former club Alajuelense who were not included on the Gold Cup roster: forward Ariel Rodríguez, midfielder Ronald Matarrita and defender Johnny Acosta.
“After these friendlies we’re going to continue fine tuning the lineup,” Ramírez said. “But for now … continue reading
Via:: Tico Times