Navas leads Costa Rica squad for CONCACAF Nations League

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-09 06:36:54|Editor: yan
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SAN JOSE, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Keylor Navas was among 26 players named in Costa Rica's national squad on Friday for CONCACAF Nations League matches against Curacao and Haiti.

Head coach Ronald Gonzalez also included US-based players Giancarlo Gonzalez, Kendall Watson, Francisco Calvo and Ronald Matarrita.

But there was no place for captain Bryan Ruiz, who continues to the pay the price for a lack of playing time with Brazil's Santos.

Costa Rica will visit Curacao on November 14 before hosting Haiti three days later in the competition's final group matches.

"These teams (Curacao and Haiti) are very strong physically and are good at using their power and speed when they go forward," Gonzalez told reporters.

"I want my team to defend deeper while playing with more fluidity to create danger in the opposition area," he added.

Costa Rica are currently second in Group D of League A with just two draws from two matches, three points behind leaders Curacao, who have played one more match.

The top two teams from each group will earn a berth in the 2021 Gold Cup.

Following is the Costa Rica squad:

Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas, Esteban Alvarado, Adonis Pineda.

Defenders: Ricardo Blanco, Keysher Fuller, Giancarlo Gonzalez, Kendall Waston, Francisco Calvo, Keyner Brown, Kevin Espinoza, Jose Sosa, Ronald Matarrita.

Midfielders: Celso Borges, Allan Cruz, Dylan Flores, Jose Miguel Cubero, Luis Diaz, Jefferson Bremes, Randall Leal, Cristopher Nunez, Jeikel Venegas, Ulises Segura, Marvin Angulo.

Forwards: Jose Guillermo Ortiz, Johan Venegas, Jonathan Moya.