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International Friendly Preview: Canada v Costa Rica

Canada host Costa Rica in a friendly at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on Tuesday.

The game marks the first time in four years that the two sides have met, with their last encounter ending in a 2-2 draw in Costa Rica in July 2009.

Both teams will be using the game as preparation for the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup, which is due to be held in the US in July.
Canada are looking to arrest a slump in form that has seen them go five games without a victory, including a humbling 8-1 loss to Honduras in a FIFA World Cup qualifier in October.
The away side will be looking to build on their 2-0 victory over Jamaica in their own qualifier on March 27, a win that came four days after a 2-0 defeat by the US.
Canada interim-coach Colin Miller will continue to try and reshape the national team with several players who are looking to build on short international careers.
Jonathan Osorio will be looking to earn his first full international cap, while Kyle Bekker, Ashtone Morgan, Randy Edwini-Bonsu and Samuel Piette will all hope to gain further caps.
Speaking after his first call-up to the national squad, Toronto FC midfielder Osario said: “It’s very overwhelming.
“Everything’s happened so fast, in such a short period of time. I’m really happy. My family’s ecstatic. I’m really excited and anxious to get started.”
Costa Rica manager Jorge Luis Pinto has taken the opportunity to rest players ahead of key fixtures in the Gold Cup and their World Cup qualifying campaign.
Several European-based players – such as Joel Campbell, Marco Urena and John Jairo Ruiz – will miss the fixture, but there is a place in the squad for Fulham’s Bryan Ruiz.
Mon 27 May, 2013
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