Jorge Pinto is Costa Rica’s new coach

Colombian coach Jorge Luis Pinto has agreed to take charge of the Costa Rica national team, football federation president Eduardo Li said Thursday.

”We have arrived at a verbal agreement with Pinto. We have spoken to him in order that he take control of the Tricolor (national team),” Li said.

Pinto will replace Argentine coach Ricardo La Volpe, who resigned from the post in August.

Federation spokeswoman Gina Escobar told the AP the appointment would be confirmed in the next few days.

The 58-year-old Pinto coached Costa Rican club Alajuelense to two league titles in 2003 and 2004. He was also in charge during Costa Rica’s qualifying campaign for the 2006 World Cup but was fired for poor results – although the team did eventually qualify for the tournament.

The Costa Rica squad is currently in the United States preparing for warmup matches against the U.S. national team on Friday and Ecuador on Sept. 6, under interim coach Ronald Gonzalez.

Pinto’s first match in charge looks likely to be the home friendly against Brazil on Oct. 7.