International Friendly Preview: Canada - Costa Rica
The two CONCACAF sides are utilizing decidedly inexperienced squads as both nations look to test the depth of their respective player pools.
By Rudi Schuller
|Canada (4-4-2): Borjan; Ledgerwood, Henry, Hainault, Morgan; Nakajima-Farran, Pacheco, De Guzman, Osorio; Edwini-Bonsu, M. Haber||
GOALKEEPERS (3): Haidar Al-Shaïbani (Nîmes Olympique), Milan Borjan (Sivasspor), Simon Thomas ( Vancouver Whitecaps FC)
DEFENDERS (5): André Hainault (Ross County FC), Doneil Henry (Toronto FC), Nik Ledgerwood (Hammarby IF), Ashtone Morgan (Toronto FC), Adam Straith (FC Saarbrücken)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Bekker (Toronto FC), Stefan Cebara (Nogometni Klub Celje), Julian de Guzman (SSV Jahn Regensburg), Issey Nakajima-Farran (Alki Larnaca) Jonathan Osorio (Toronto FC), Pedro Pacheco (CD Santa Clara), Samuel Piette (Fortuna Düsseldorf)
FORWARDS (4): Randy Edwini-Bonsu (Eintracht Braunschweig), Marcus Haber (Stevenage FC), Tosaint Ricketts (Sandnes Ulf), Daniel Haber (Maccabi Haifa)
|Costa Rica (4-4-2): Pemberton; Meneses, Umaña, Acosta, Herrera; Guevara, Tejada, A. Rodriguez, O. Rodriguez; Arrieta, Cunningham|
GOALKEEPERS (2): Patrick Pemberto (Alajuelense), Kevín Briceño (Uruguay de Coronado)
DEFENDERS (6): Jhonny Acosta (Alajuelense), Michael Umaña (Saprissa), Pablo Herrera (Unattached), Christopher Menéses (Alajuelense), Jordan Smith (Saprissa), Kebdall Watson (Pérez Zeledón)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Osvando Rodríguez (Santos de Guápiles), Ariel Rodríguez (Pérez Zeledón), Keylor Soto (Pérez Zeledón), Yeltsin Tejeda (Saprissa), Allen Guevara (Alajuelense)
FORWARDS (3): Jairo Arrieta (Columbus Crew), Alejandro Aguilar (Alajuelense), Kenny Cunningham (The Strongest)
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Since 2000, Canada and Costa Rica have met eight times. The Ticos hold a slight edge during that period, with three wins to Canada's two. The other three meetings resulted in draws.
- This will be the first match between the two sides since a 2-2 result in 2009.
- Costa Rica is still alive in World Cup Qualifying, sporting a 1-1-1 record in the Hexagonal after three rounds of play.
- Like Canada, the Costa Ricans have assembled a very experimental side for this match. Defender Michael Umaña is by the far the most experienced of the squad, with 66 caps to his name. The next highest is Jhonny Acosta with 17 caps.
- Former Canadian international and current FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller will helm his second stint of the year as interim bench boss. He was last in charge for a pair of friendlies in January.
- At 32, Julian de Guzman is the oldest member of Canada's squad. Samuel Piette, 18, is the youngest.
- Striker Daniel Haber is the only uncapped player in Canada's camp. The 21-year-old Toronto native was most recently with Israeli club Maccabi Haifa, where he scored twice in just 101 minutes of action.
Top 3 Predictions
Canada 1-1 Costa Rica
- 19.05 %
Canada 1-2 Costa Rica
- 17.46 %
Canada 1-3 Costa Rica
- 11.11 %
|International Friendlies (FR)||May 28, 2013||Canada 0 - Costa Rica 1|
|Gold Cup (GC)||Jul 10, 2009||Costa Rica 2 - Canada 2|
|Nov 19, 2013||Slovenia 1 - Canada 0||FR|
|Nov 15, 2013||Czech Republic 2 - Canada 0||FR|
|Oct 15, 2013||Canada 0 - Australia 3||FR|
|Sep 10, 2013||Canada 0 - Mauritania 1||FR|
|Sep 8, 2013||Canada 0 - Mauritania 0||FR|
|6||Julian De Guzman||Defender|