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Published on Wednesday, October 13, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Costa Rica’s Men's Soccer Team versus the U.S. team, in a FIFA World Cup qualifier game, will be held at the Lower Field in Columbus, Ohio, USA today at 5 p.m. (or 7 p.m. ET).
According to the Soccer Federation, two Costa Rican players will not be able to play in this important game. Joel Campbell has a grade 3 sprain to his right ankle, taking him out of the game. Replacing the injured athlete is Cristhian Bolaños. The second change in the team was with José Guillermo Ortiz, who tested positive for covid-19. Team member Álvaro Saborío has replaced Ortiz. The team arrived in the United States on Monday on a charter flight.
The two players Saborío and Bolaños, along with two top team members Bryan Ruiz and star goalkeeper Keylor Navas have experience playing against the U.S. Team.
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The most recent game between both teams took place in June at the Rio Tinto Stadium Sandy, Utah, where the U.S. beat Costa Rica 4-0.
According to the U.S. Soccer Federation, the U.S. Team will try to get back to its winning ways without underestimating the Costa Rican team. "For a country of five million people, Costa Rica has enjoyed remarkable success when it comes to the FIFA World Cup," they said.
In eight qualifying runs since 1990, Ticos have reached the final tournament on five occasions and four times in their last five attempts.
Debuting at Italia '90, they became the first Concacaf team to book a spot in the knockout round of a World Cup played in Europe under head coach Bora Milutinovic, who later directed the Americans at USA 1994.
Costa Rica also qualified in the 2002, 2006, 2014 and 2018 games.
The team finished an impressive eighth at Brazil in 2014, with a 2-0-3 mark.
So far, in these World Cup qualifying games, the U.S. Team sits in second place with 8 points. Costa Rica is in fifth place with 6 points.
The game is part of Concacaf’s games, which will be broadcasted on local channels 6 and 7, as well as international channels ESPN2, ESPN +, UniMas and TUDN.