World Cup 2014 Previews Group D: Costa Rica

Posted: May 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

World Cup 2014 Previews Group D: Costa Rica

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United States v Costa Rica - FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier

Team: Costa Rica
Nickname: Los Ticos
Group: D
Schedule: June 14 vs. Uruguay, June 20 vs. Italy, June 24 vs. England
World Cup History: Round of 16 (1990), Qualified (2002, 2006)
Rankings: FIFA (34), SPI (24)
Winning Odds: 1,500-1

Qualifying Form: Costa Rica finished second in the CONCACAF Hex with 18 points and a +6 goal difference. They won all five home games, but took just three points from five away matches. They beat the U.S. 3-1 and felt aggrieved about being forced to continue their 1-0 away defeat in a blizzard.

Manager: Jorge Luis Pinto. The 61-year-old Colombian has experience at multiple clubs, throughout Central and South America. He will be looking for redemption, after previous, getting canned in previous stints with Costa Rica and Colombia.

Tactics: The Costa Ricans play a resolute, defensive system built around three central defenders. Wing backs and wingers can make it a…

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