Despite losing 10 seniors to graduation, with the help of a robust crew of freshmen, the team looks to make another appearance in the county finals this season.
The Bugliari World Cup Soccer Field has played host to a number of world-class soccer teams over the last few years, including National Soccer Teams from Italy and Ecuador, professional clubs in Turkey (Galatasaray) and Greece (Olympiakos), the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team, the U.S. Men's National Under-20, and, two summers ago, Paris Saint-Germain, to name a few. The Costa Rica National Soccer Team can now be added to the list.
From July 5–8, the team took advantage of Pingry's top-notch field as its practice site during a portion of the Concacaf Gold Cup, which runs from July 7–26 at stadiums across the U.S. On July 7, the team defeated Honduras, 1-0, at Red Bull Arena. (Concacaf—The Confederation of North, Central America, and Caribbean Association Football—is a regional division of FIFA, comprised of 12 teams, which hosts the Gold Cup every two years. Mexico won in 2015.)
While their practices were closed to the Pingry community, feedback received by David Fahey '99, Pingry's Assistant Director of Operations & Strategic Initiatives, indicated that they were impressed by Pingry's facility. "When officials from Red Bull Arena first came for a tour in the spring, they couldn't believe it was a high school field," he said. "The team's experience while they were here was equally positive."
Costa Rica's players compete for some the world's top soccer clubs, including the English Premier League, Italian Serie A, Major League Soccer, and the Scottish Premier League. Edged out in the quarterfinals of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, they are considered likely World Cup qualifiers in 2018.
To view the Gold Cup's full schedule, including games remaining, click here.
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