Costa Rica 2014 FIFA World Cup Squad: Player-by-Player Guide

Karla Villegas Gama@karlitsvFeatured ColumnistMay 14, 2014

Costa Rica 2014 FIFA World Cup Squad: Player-by-Player Guide

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    Jorge Luis Pinto, manager of the Costa Rica national football team, released his 23-man list for this summer's World Cup on late May.

    Costa Rica only have two preparation matches before the tournament starts—against Japan on June 2 and the Republic of Ireland on June 7.

    For those friendlies, Pinto will play with his final squad although he will not have Alvaro Saborio under his command, as the forward injured his foot in a training session and underwent surgery.

Goalkeepers

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    Name: Keylor Navas

    Date of Birth: Dec.15, 1986

    Birthplace: San IsidroCosta Rica

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Caps: 51

    Club: Levante

     

    Name: Patrick Pemberton

    Date of Birth: May 24, 1982

    Birthplace: LimonCosta Rica

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Caps: 20

    Club: Alajuelense

     

    Name: Daniel Cambronero

    Date of Birth: Jan. 8, 1986

    Birthplace: San Jose, Costa Rica

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Caps: 4

    Club: Herediano

Defenders

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    Name: Junior Diaz

    Date of Birth: Sept. 12, 1983

    Birthplace: San Jose, Costa Rica

    Position: Left-back

    Caps: 60

    Club: Mainz 05

     

    Name: Waylon Francis

    Date of Birth: Sept. 20, 1990

    Birthplace: Limon, Costa Rica

    Position: Left-back

    Caps: 1

    Club: Columbus Crew

     

    Name: Michael Umana

    Date of Birth: July 16, 1982

    Birthplace: Santa Ana, Costa Rica

    Position: Centre-back

    Caps: 81

    Club: Saprissa

     

    Name: Roy Miller

    Date of Birth: Nov. 24, 1984

    Birthplace: San Jose, Costa Rica

    Position: Centre-back

    Caps: 47

    Club: New York Red Bulls

     

    Name: Giancarlo Gonzalez

    Date of Birth: Feb. 8, 1988

    Birthplace: San Jose, Costa Rica

    Position: Centre-back

    Caps: 33

    Club: Columbus Crew

     

    Name: Johnny Acosta

    Date of Birth: July 21, 1983

    Birthplace: Ciudad QuesadaCosta Rica

    Position: Centre-back

    Caps: 25

    Club: Alajuelense

     

    Name: Oscar Duarte

    Date of Birth: June 3, 1989

    Birthplace: MasayaNicaragua

    Position: Centre-back

    Caps: 10

    Club: Club Brugge

     

    Name: Cristian Gamboa

    Date of Birth: Oct. 24, 1989

    Birthplace: Liberia, Costa Rica

    Position: Right-back

    Caps: 24

    Club: Rosenborg

     

    Name: Dave Myrie

    Date of Birth: June 1, 1988

    Birthplace: Puerto ViejoCosta Rica

    Position: Right-back

    Caps: 10

    Club: Herediano

Midfielders

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    Name: Yeltsin Tejeda

    Date of Birth: March 17, 1992 

    Birthplace: LimonCosta Rica

    Position: Defensive midfielder

    Caps: 21

    Club: Saprissa

     

    Name: Jose Miguel Cubero

    Date of Birth: Feb. 14, 1987

    Birthplace: Alajuela, Costa Rica

    Position: Central midfielder

    Caps: 33

    Club: Herediano

     

    Name: Esteban Granados

    Date of Birth: Oct. 25, 1985 

    Birthplace: CartagoCosta Rica

    Position: Defensive midfielder

    Caps: Herediano

    Club: 11

     

    Name: Michael Barrantes

    Date of Birth: Oct. 4, 1983

    Birthplace: Heredia, Costa Rica

    Position: Central midfielder

    Caps: 42

    Club: Aalesunds

     

    Name: Celso Borges

    Date of Birth: May 27, 1988

    Birthplace: San Jose, Costa Rica

    Position: Central midfielder

    Caps: 61

    Club: AIK

     

    Name: Christian Bolanos

    Date of Birth: May 17, 1984

    Birthplace: Hatillo de San Jose, Costa Rica

    Position: Right winger

    Caps: 53

    Club: Copenhagen

     

    Name: Diego Calvo

    Date of Birth: April 25, 1991

    Birthplace: AlajuelaCosta Rica

    Position: Left wing

    Caps: 9

    Club: Valerenga

Forwards

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    Name: Bryan Ruiz

    Date of Birth: Aug. 18, 1985

    Birthplace: San Jose, Costa Rica

    Position: Second striker

    Caps: 61

    Club: PSV Eindhoven

     

    Name: Joel Campbell

    Date of Birth: June 26, 1992

    Birthplace: San Jose, Costa Rica

    Position: Forward

    Caps: 21

    Club: Olympiacos

     

    Name: Randall Brenes

    Date of Birth: Aug. 13, 1983

    Birthplace: Cartago, Costa Rica

    Position: Striker

    Caps: 37

    Club: Cartagines

     

    Name: Marco Urena

    Date of Birth: March 5, 1990

    Birthplace: San JoseCosta Rica

    Position: Striker

    Caps: 22

    Club: Kuban Krasnodar