Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto has included 13 foreign-based players in his 23-man roster for the match against the United States on March 22 in Denver. MLS fans will be familiar with Real Salt Lake scoring threat Alvaro Saborio and Columbus Crew striker Jairo Arrieta. New York Red Bulls defender Roy Miller also makes the list.
Fulham striker Bryan Ruiz scored both goals for Costa Rica in the last meeting between the teams, the 2-2 draw at RFK Stadium in 2009 that lifted the U.S. to a first-place finish in World Cup qualifying and sent the Ticos into the intercontinental playoff against Uruguay.
Goalkeepers: Keilor Navas (Levante), Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense)
Defenders: Juan Diego Madrigal (Santos de Guápiles), Christian Gamboa (Rosenborg), Michael Umaña (Saprissa), Johnny Acosta (Dorados de Sinaloa), Giancarlo González (Valerenga), Roy Miller (New York Red Bulls), Bryan Oviedo (Everton), Christopher Meneses (Alajuelense)
Midfielders: Celso Borges (AIK), Osvaldo Rodríguez (Santos de Guápiles), Cristian Bolaños (Copenhagen), Ariel Rodríguez (Pérez Zeledón), Keylor Soto (Pérez Zeledón), Yeltsin Tejeda (Saprissa), Michael Barrantes (Aalesund), Diego Calvo (Alajuelense), Bryan Ruiz (Fulham), Mauricio Castillo (Cartagines)
Forwards: Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake), Joel Campbell (Real Betis), Jairo Arrieta (Columbus Crew)