Costa Rica beats Canada twice in Futsal friendlies
HEREDIA, Costa Rica -- Costa Rica swept a two-game friendly series against visiting Canada this weekend at the Palacio de los Deportes.
The Ticos, which played their last tune-up matches prior traveling to the start of 2012 CONCACAF Futsal Championship, won the opener 2-1 on Saturday.
After forward Diego Andres Zuñiga gave Costa Rica a 3rd minute lead, midfielder Alex Elliot leveled for Canada just before halftime.Forward Michael Cordoba scored a dramatic game-winner for the Central Americans with 45 seconds left on the clock.
In the second encounter on Sunday, Costa Rica cruised to a 4-0 victory.Zuñiga, Erick Brenes, Jose Antonio Guevara and midfielder Junior Rodriguez tallied one goal each.
Since taking over the Costa Rican helm earlier this year, former player and now head coach Diego Solis has won six of eight matches, including a perfect 6-0-0 record against CONCACAF teams (victories over Canada, El Salvador and Mexico).
Canada, which has not played at the CONCACAF qualifiers since 2004, also heads to Guatemala this week to compete in a two-game playoff against El Salvador at Guatemala City's Domo Polideportivo on June 28 and 29.
The winner will progress to the fifth CONCACAF Futsal Championship at the Domo, July 2-8, and compete in Group A with Panama, USA and the host. Group B is consists of Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico and St. Kitts & Nevis.
The eight-team tournament will qualify, for the first time, four nations to the 2012 FIFA Futsal World Cup in Thailand.
23.06.2012: Heredia, COSTA RICA; Palacio de los Deportes
COSTA RICA - CANADA 2:1 (1:1)
Diego Andres ZUÑIGA 3'; Michael CORDOBA 40' - Alex ELLIOT 19'
CRC: Jairo José Toruño - Diego Andres Zuñiga, Erick Brenes, Jorge Arias, Edwin Jose Cubillo.
Subs: Alvaro Roberto Santamaria - Aaron Gerardo Jerez, Adonay Vindas, Nestor Daniel Carrera, Diego Alonso Vargas, Junior Rodriguez, Jose Antonio Guevara, Marco Carvajal, Michael Cordoba, Christopher Alonso Molina.Booked: none
TD: Diego SOLIS
CAN: Roy Blanche - Robbie Aristodemo, Ian Bennett, Matthew Rios, Bruno Xavier.
Subs: Vincent Cournoyer - Joshua Lemos - David Chamale, Alex Elliot, Steve DeBlasio, Robert Tice, Louis-Charles Laiberte, Jordan Ongaro, Alvaro Yaques. Booked: DeBlasio, Chamale, Yaques
TD: Sipho SIBIYA
R1: Jeisson PEÑALOZA (CRC), R2: Johnny GONZALEZ (CRC)
24.06.2012: Heredia, COSTA RICA; Palacio de los Deportes
COSTA RICA - CANADA 4:0 (1:0)
Diego Andres ZUÑIGA 13'; Jose Antonio GUEVARA 28'; Erick BRENES 28'; Junior RODRIGUEZ 37'
CRC: Justin Wallace - Aaron Gerardo Jerez, Adonay Vindas, Diego Andres Zuñiga, Edwin Jose Cubillo.
Subs: Alvaro Santamara - Nestor Daniel Carrera, Diego Alonso Vargas, Erick Brenes, Junior Rodriguez, Jose Antonio Guevara, Marco Carvajal, Michael Cordoba, Christopher Alonso Molina. Booked: Cubillo
TD: Diego SOLIS
CAN: Roy Blanche - Robbie Aristodemo, Ian Bennett, Alvaro Yaques, Louis-Charles Laiberte.
Subs: Vincent Cournoyer - Joshua Lemos - Jordan Ongaro, Bruno Xavier, Robert Tice, Steve DeBlasio, Alex Elliot, Matthew Rios, David Chamale. Booked: none, Sent offs: 13'
TD: Sipho SIBIYA
R1: Kenneth GODINEZ (CRC), R2: Esteban ARAYA (CRC)