Costa Rica's World Cup roster leads to criticism

April 25, 2006

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- Star players missing from Costa Rica's training squad for the World Cup criticized manager Alexander Guimaraes in local media on Tuesday.

Guimaraes will announce his 23-man roster on Monday, but his training squad was already without Lokomotiv Moscow forward Winston Parks, top-scoring Alajuelense forward Rolando Fonseca, and Oscar Rojas of Mexico's Veracruz.

"I was left out, not because of a lack of ability, but for other reasons," Fonseca told local media without elaborating.

Parks was saddened by the decision but didn't want to talk about it, according to relatives.

"He has his group, and some of us didn't fit in. I'm not resentful," Rojas said.

Parks scored in Costa Rica's 1-1 tie against Turkey at the 2002 World Cup. Among other 2002 World Cup veterans not included were Pablo Chinchilla, Rodrigo Cordero, Carlos Castro, Steven Bryce, William Sunsing and Mauricio Wright.

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