4 FIA Sports Management players have been included in the latest Costa Rican squad who are due to face the Soceroos in Sydney on Tuesday 19 November 2013. Carlos Hernandez, Patrick Pemberton, Ariel Rodríguez and Michael Umaña have all been named in the squad as both countries continue prepare for next year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Currently ranked 31st in the world, the Costa Ricans secured their passage to Brazil on the back of their strong home form in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying. They finished second behind the USA, following victories on home soil against every other nation in the group. These wins against Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama and the US meant the Ticos were practising their samba with two games in hand.
Costa Rica have a proud football history, having debuted on the international stage in 1921 at the Independence Centenary Games. They defeated El Salvador 7-0 in their first ever match and went on to win the tournament. The Ticos have reached a highest ever world ranking of 17 and their best performance at a World Cup was in their first appearance, when they reached the round of 16 at Italy 1990.
Of course two other players who will be hoping to force their way into the reckoning for the match are Wellington Phoenix’s Carlos Hernandez and Kenny Cunningham. Cunningham has shown signs of his scintillating pace since moving to the Hyundai A-League. Meanwhile Hernandez was unlucky not to score in the weekend’s goalless draw with the Jets when one of his trademark long range bullets cannoned off the crossbar.
The game is shaping up to be a very intriguing battle, in what will be new Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou’s first match in charge of the Australian National Team.
Socceroos vs Costa Rica
Tuesday 19 November 2013
Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Kick Off: 7.30pm