Ricardo La Volpe Announced As Costa Rica National Team Manager

Outspoken Argentine Ricardo La Volpe has signed a contract with the Costa Rican Soccer Federation to coach the country's national team.

The former goalkeeper coached Mexico to the second round of the 2006 World Cup and previously won it as a player in 1978.

“My work will be steadfast to pursue one goal: going to the World Cup,” La Volpe, posing with a Costa Rican jersey, said, according to Nacion.com. “Now we will begin our work.”

Costa Rica failed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in heartbreaking fashion. A late capitulation to the already-qualified United States, including an injury time equalizer by Jonathan Bornstein, allowed Honduras to overtake the Ticos in the CONCACAF standings on the last matchday.

La Volpe's contract begins Nov. 1, but Costa Rica doesn't have any games scheduled until January of 2011.

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