5 Little-Known Central Americans Who Will Break Out at the World Cup
Central America will display a bunch of talented yet unknown footballers during this summer's World Cup.
Honduras and Costa Rica will show the world that they have some very interesting players who can change the score in the blink of an eye or help their teams keep everything under control.
Some of them have been playing abroad for years now but have yet to break through, so Brazil 2014 will be a perfect opportunity for them.
Celso Borges (Costa Rica)
Celso Borges has worn Costa Rica's jersey 60 times and has scored 14 goals so far.
He is a fierce midfielder who can join the attack with ease, as he is very unbalancing when he comes from behind. Plus, he knows how to get past defenders.
Borges is the commander of the team, his fine touch and ball possession giving him a key role in Los Ticos' structure.
At age 21 he announced he would leave Saprissa for the Norwegian club Fredrikstad. During his stay with the Aristocrats he netted 29 times.
He moved to the Swedish first division in 2012, where he currently plays for AIK.
Andy Najar (Honduras)
Andy Najar is set to appear in his first World Cup this summer at age 21.
Najar has never played in the Honduran first division. He spent his youth years with DC United, but after his professional debut he left for Europe on a one-month loan.
Anderlecht signed him for good in 2013, paying $3 million for his services, per Steven Goff of The Washington Post.
Najar debuted with Honduras' U-23 squad at the 2012 Summer Olympics and eventually played with the senior team at the 2013 Gold Cup, scoring his first goal in the tournament.
Najar can take over both flanks. His dribbling skills and speed set him as one of the most unbalancing Central American footballers.
In the attacking zone, he is a beast when he steps into the box and has a solid aerial game.
Cristian Gamboa (Costa Rica)
Cristian Gamboa is somehow a new addition to Costa Rica's senior team, but he thrived at the Under-20 World Cup in 2009.
Although he received his first senior call-up in 2010 he has only played 10 times. The 2014 World Cup qualifying process marked his breakthrough with the national side.
Gamboa has spent the last four years in Europe playing for Fredrikstad, Copenhagen and Rosenborg, but he started his career with local club Municipal Liberia.
He is a flexible player and has the ability to play as a right-back or right-midfielder; in the latter role he tends to join the attack. He has a powerful right-foot shot.
Luis Garrido (Honduras)
The Olimpia midfielder may be young (23 years old) but he has already played abroad. Luis Garrido spent the last six months with Serbian SuperLiga heavyweights Red Star Belgrade.
He returned to his home country due to the club's financial situation rather than his performance (he played 10 games).
Garrido is a strong midfielder who usually becomes the link between the midfield and the attack.
His defensive skills are fantastic. He keeps the ball and distributes it in style, which results in goal opportunities for his teammates and helps the defense in times of need.
Garrido played in the 2012 Summer Olympics and will make his World Cup debut in Brazil.
Yeltsin Tejeda (Costa Rica)
An undisputed starter for the Costa Rican national team, Yeltsin Tejeda made his professional debut in 2011 with Saprissa, where he has been since he was a kid.
Tejeda plays in the midfield, protecting his team's box. Despite being a willowy 22-year-old he is strong enough to hold back opponents.
With Costa Rica he has played in the youth teams. In 2009 he appeared in the U-17 World Cup, and two years later he did the same at the U-20 World Cup, where Los Ticos lost 3-2 to Colombia in the round of 16.
He has been playing for the senior squad since December 2011.