La Volpe names first Costa Rica squad

New Costa Rica coach Ricardo La Volpe has named his first squad,

calling up only Costa Rica-based players for a friendly on Nov. 17

against Jamaica.

A similar squad is expected to represent Costa Rica in the

Central American championship in January.

La Volpe, an Argentine who coached Mexico in the 2006 World Cup,

said he plans to focus on young players before calling up those

based in Europe and the United States. He said foreign-based

players would be used for the Jamaica match, but he said the

Central American championship games would rely on local


”Now we are going with only local players because in January it

will be difficult for foreign-based players to participate,” La

Volpe said. ”This team represents players we know we can count



Goalkeepers: Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense), Victor Bolivar

(Barrio Mexico), Daniel Cambronero (UCR)

Defenders: Heiner Mora (Brujas), Christopher Meneses

(Alajuelense), Dave Myrie (Limon), Kevin Fajardo (Santos), Jose

Mena (Saprissa), Pedro Leal (Puntarenas), Oscar Duarte

(Puntarenas), Johnny Acosta (Alajuelense)

Midfielders: David Guzman (Saprissa), Jose Miguel Cubero

(Herediano), Jose Sanchez (Herediano), Diego Madrigal (Herediano),

Esteban Ramirez (Herediano), Daniel Varela (Brujas), Juan Diego

Monge (Perez Zeledon), Diego Estrada (Alajuelense)

Forwards: Josue Martinez (Saprissa), Cristian Lagos (Brujas),

Randall Brenes (Cartagines), Marco Urena (Alajuelense), Victor

Nunez (Herediano)