With continuing to achieve their dreams as their motto, 23 female warriors from the Costa Rican National Soccer Selection, including Nicoyans Carol Sanchez and Dinia Diaz, are ready to debut for the first time in a World Cup.
The Costa Ricans are looking to make history in Canada this Tuesday, June 9th, after a brilliant performance in the qualifiers last year, when they were only outdone by the team from the United States.
Dinia Diaz, goalkeeper of the team, said she is in her prime and with her enthusiasm at maximum.
“The enthusiasm is at 100%. We have felt the support of not only our families but also many people who have been with us in achieving this dream,” Diaz said.
Goal scorer Carol Sanchez was very optimistic and believes that the Selection will advance to the second phase.
“The challenge that we have is going to compete. We aren’t satisfied with participating. We want to win and move on to the next round. The key is for us to win the first game. Spain is at least in the same condition as us. It is the first time they qualified for a World Cup, like us,” commented Sanchez.
The Costa Rican central defender has a good soccer moment and promised to enjoy to the max the experience of being in a World Cup.
Amelia Valverde, team coach, said the goal is to score for the first time in a World Cup.
“Our goal is clear. We must go to this world to score since the other women’s teams that have participated in world cups in other categories have never accumulated points. We are going to compete, but we have to be aware that we are not going to just any tournament but to a tournament with the world’s best,” Valverde said.
Valverde had to assume the position in late 2014 after the surprise resignation of Uruguayan Carlos Avessian.
Costa Rica will play their matches in Group E in the Montreal site on Tuesday, the 9th, against Spain at 2 p.m., on Saturday, the 13th, against South Korea at 7 p.m. and wrapping up the group phase on Wednesday, June 17th, at 5 p.m. Costa Rican time.