Costa Rican teams may ignore national team coach

May 22, 2009

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- Costa Rican clubs Herediano and Liberia may ignore national team coach Rodrigo Kenton's request to release players Monday ahead of a World Cup qualifier against the United States on June 3.

The clubs are finalists in the Costa Rica league playoffs are in a minor dispute with the Costa Rican Football Federation.

Kenton included four Herediano players and two from Liberia on his 25-man roster announced Friday for qualifiers at home against the United States and at Trinidad and Tobago three days later.

The United States (2-0-1) leads the final round of the North and Central American and Caribbean region with seven points, one ahead of Costa Rica (2-1), two in front of Honduras (1-1-1), three ahead of Mexico (1-2) and four in front of El Salvador, and Trinidad (0-1-2). The top three nations qualify for next year's tournament in South Africa, and the No. 4 nation meets South America's fifth-place team in a playoff for another berth.

The roster:

Goalkeepers: Daniel Cambronero (Puntarenas), Ricardo Gonzalez (Herediano), Keilor Navas (Saprissa)

Defenders: Dario Delgado (Puntarenas), Junior Diaz (Wisla Krakow, Poland), Freddy Fernandez (Perez Zeledon), Dennis Marshall (Herediano), Gonzalo Segares (Chicago, Major League Soccer), Esteban Sirias (Liberia), Michael Umana (Ramonense), Harold Wallace (Liberia)

Midfielders: Armando Alonso (Saprissa), Cristian Bolanos (Start, Norway), Celso Borges (Fredrikstad, Norway), Pablo Brenes (Brujas), Walter Centeno (Saprissa), Esteban Granados (Cartagines), Warren Granados (Ramonense), Carlos Hernandez (Melbourne, Australia), Pablo Herrera (Alajuelense), Cristian Oviedo (Alajuelense)

Forwards: Andy Furtado (Herediano), Andy Herron (Herediano), Bryan Ruiz (Gent, Belgium), Alvaro Saborio (Sion, Switzerland)


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