December 5, 2023

Costa Rica’s Fab Five

“La Tricolor” continues to improve with each and every competition. Just take a look at their performances in the last couple of World Cups and Copa Centroamericana’s. This year was no different as they reached the Gold Cup semifinal for the second time in team history (first since 2009). They did so thanks to goals courtesy of defender Francisco Calvo, strikers Ariel Francisco Rodriguez and Marco Urena, forward David Ramirez, and midfielder Rodney Wallace. Although they couldn’t get past Team USA, these five players will play key roles once World Cup qualifying resumes in the fall.

Panama’s Fearsome Foursome

These four men were the only reason why Panama made it to the quarterfinals before falling to Costa Rica. The goals from forwards Abdiel Arroyo and Ismael Diaz, along with midfielder Miguel Camargo and defender Michael Murillo were enough to get them out of group play. But they were unable to duplicate that success once they took the pitch against Costa Rica.

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