Head Coach: Marcelo Herrera (Argentina)
Previous Appearances (last app): 18 (2013)
Best Finish: Champion-2 (1988, 2009)
Record: 46W-15D-19L (177GF, 79GA)
U-20 World Cup Appearances (last app): 8 (2011)
Costa Rica has missed out on the last two FIFA U-20 World Cups and it will look to change that trend when it hosts the 2017 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship.
This will be the Ticos’ 19th appearance in the competition, lifting the trophy twice (1988, 2009).
Head coach Marcelo Herrera’s roster includes plenty of players with prior experience in CONCACAF competition and 11 who saw action in a run to the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup quarterfinals. That type of experience should serve him well at the CONCACAF event, especially since it is at home.
With five goals, forward Andy Reyes was the second leading scorer in the 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship. He also netted in a 2-1 win over South Africa in the U-17 World Cup.
Midfielder Luis Hernandez played every minute of Costa Rica’s U-17 World Cup campaign and also notched a goal in the CONCACAF U-17 Championship. Goalkeeper Alejandro Barrientos and defender Pablo Arboine also never the left pitch in the U-17 World Cup.
Others to watch include forward Kevin Masis (one goal at the U-17 World Cup and two at CONCACAF U-17), midfielder Diego Mesen (one u-17 World Cup goal), forward Jostin Daly (three goals at CONCACAF U-17), forward Jonathan Martinez (one goal at CONCACAF U-17) and midfielder Roberto Cordoba (five games at U-17 World Cup).
In its last CONCACAF Under-20 Championship appearance in 2013, Costa Rica lost two games, which was the same number suffered in its previous three participations combined.
If Costa Rica is to recapture past under-20 glories, the ability of its international veterans to step up will be key.