Costa Rica Copa America squad review: Joel Campbell still key

The official 26-man Costa Rica Copa America squad has now been released ahead of the start of the tournament on Friday 21st June, hosted by the USA. 

Costa Rica qualified for their sixth Copa America via the play-offs, where they beat Honduras 3-1. They have been drawn in Group D, which is highly thought to be the “Group of Death” at the tournament as it contains one of the main favourites to win it in Brazil, as well as very capable South American sides in Colombia and Paraguay.

Still, Costa Rica, which literally translates to “rich coast” from Spanish to English, will be hoping to find their own riches at the tournament, as they aim to get past the quarter-final stage for the first time in their history.

WK 2022 selectie van de nationale ploeg van Costa Rica
31-year-old former Arsenal forward Joel Campbell is still a key player for Costa Rica with 27 goals in 139 senior international caps for his country – Photo by Icon Sport

Costa Rica – Key facts

Year founded: 1921

Current FIFA ranking: 52

Highest FIFA ranking: 13 (Feb-Mar 2015)

Year of Copa America debut: 1997

Best Copa America performance: Quarter-finals (2001, 2004)

Player to watch: Joel Campbell

Full Costa Rica Copa America squad

Argentine head coach Gustavo Alfaro has picked a largely youthful squad for the tournament, with just five players over the age of 30 – including former Arsenal forward Joel Campbell.

British-based fans may also recognise the name of Brandon Aguilera, who plays for Bristol Rovers in League One, while Scottish Premiership side Hearts also boast a representative in forward Kenneth Vargas.

Goalkeeper

  • Kevin Chamorro (Saprissa)
  • Patrick Sequeira (Ibiza)
  • Aaron Cruz (Herediano)

Defence

  • Francisco Calvo (Juarez)
  • Juan Pablo Vargas (Millonarios)
  • Joseph Mora (Saprissa)
  • Julio Cascante (Austin)
  • Haxzel Quiros (Herediano)
  • Gerald Taylor (Saprissa)
  • Jeyland Mitchell (Alajuelense)
  • Fernan Faerron (Saprissa)
  • Yeison Molina (Guanacasteca)
  • Douglas Sequeira (Saprissa)

Midfield

  • Ariel Lassiter (Montreal)
  • Orlando Galo (Herediano)
  • Brandon Aguilera (Bristol Rovers)
  • Jefferson Brenes (Saprissa)
  • Josimar Alcocer (Westerlo)
  • Alejandro Bran (Minnesota United)

Attack

  • Joel Campbell (Alajuelense)
  • Anthony Contreras (Pafos)
  • Warren Madrigal (Saprissa)
  • Alvaro Zamora (Aris)
  • Manfred Ugalde (Spartak Moscow)
  • Kenneth Vargas (Heart of Midlothian)
  • Andy Rojas (Herediano)

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