Here’s your one chance to watch Costa Rica’s national team play a home game before the World Cup. La Sele takes on Paraguay in a friendly at the National Stadium in western San José on March 5 at 8 p.m. Tickets went on sale this week.
Prices for the match range from ₡10,000 ($20) to ₡40,000 ($80). Tickets can be purchased at www.specialticket.net or by calling 2528-8778.
Costa Rica has looked miserable in its World Cup warm-ups so far. The team has lost its three friendlies by a combined score of 0-6. But those matches have been played mainly by reserve players, and all took place on the road. Many of Costa Rica’s stars should be suiting up for the Paraguay match, including goalie Keylor Navas who’s breaking records over in Spain’s professional league.
The Ticos still have one or two more friendlies to go, but the remaining matches will occur in the United States. Costa Rica has scheduled a showdown against Japan in a yet-to-be-named city in Florida on June 2 and a tentative match against Ghana in Los Angeles at a yet-to-be-determined date in late May. However, Ghana announced last week that it might cancel its match against Costa Rica in favor of more practice.
Although Paraguay made the quarterfinals of the World Cup in 2010, the team failed to reach Brazil and finished last among South American teams during qualifying rounds. Therefore, Costa Rica’s top talent will have a strong opportunity to prove itself against a weak South American squad.
Costa Rica and Paraguay last met in 2010 in a friendly in Asunción. Paraguay, fresh off its impressive World Cup showing, defeated Costa Rica, 2-0. Costa Rica did not qualify for the 2010 World Cup.