Costa Rica at the 2018 World Cup: Scores, schedule, complete squad, TV and live stream, players to watch

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Costa Rica's World Cup is over, but at least it won't be going home empty-handed. After a disappointing 2-0 loss to Brazil after playing Brazil to a 0-0 draw after 90 minutes, Costa Rica was eliminated, but the CONCACAF representative managed to tie with advancing Switzerland with a last-second penalty kick. It's a small consolation prize, but after a disappointing Cup sometimes a consolation prize is all you need.

Competition history

World Cup appearances: 5
Best finish: Quarterfinals in 2014
Last World Cup: 2014


Sunday, June 17: Serbia 1, Costa Rica 0   
Friday, June 22: Brazil 2, Costa Rica 0
Wednesday, June 27: Costa Rica 2, Switzerland 2


After making it to the quarterfinals in 2014, Los Ticos hope to repeat their showing. Getty Images

Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas (Real Madrid), Patrick Pemberton (LDA), Leonel Moreira (Herediano).

Defenders: Cristian Gamboa (Celtic), Ian Smith (Norrkoping), Ronald Matarrita (NYCFC), Bryan Oviedo (Sunderland), Oscar Duarte (Espanyol), Giancarlo Gonzalez (Bologna), Francisco Calvo (Minnesota United), Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps), Johnny Acosta (Aguilas Dorados).

Midfielders: David Guzman (Portland Timbers), Yeltsin Tejeda (Lausanne), Celso Borges (Deportivo La Coruna), Randall Azofeifa (Herediano), Rodney Wallace (NYCFC), Bryan Ruiz (Sporting Lisbon), Daniel Colindres (Saprissa), Christian Bolanos (Saprissa)

Forwards: Johan Venegas (Saprissa), Joel Campbell (Real Betis), Marco Urena (LAFC).

Best Player

Navas, the man in net for Real Madrid. The 31-year-old is one of the to goalkeepers in the world with his cat-like reactions. He can be the difference maker for this team and will likely have to step up more than usual due to a suspect defense. 

Player to watch

Joel Campbell. It's hard to imagine that he is just 25 years of age, as it feels like we've been hearing about him as the next big Central American star ever since he joined Arsenal in 2011. He's gone on loan six times since and didn't play much at Real Betis last season. He'll be fresh, but how will his form be?


Costa Rica has to like its chances to finish second in this group, and it's main rival for that spot will likely be Switzerland. Los Ticos are talented but aging, with Ruiz at 32 and Christian Bolaños having just turned 34. This may be their last real big shot in a while to make another run, but they have enough to get to the quarterfinals after impressing in CONCACAF qualifying.

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Roger Gonzalez is an award-winning writer based in Virginia that has covered pro soccer from Europe's top clubs to Argentina's first division. Roger started out his pro soccer writing career with Full Bio

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