Daily newspaper La Tribuna in Honduras has reported that the request by the National Football Team of that country to play the upcoming friendly match against Costa Rica at 3:00 pm was declined by FEDEFUTBOL. On April 11th, Costa Rica will celebrate the 156th anniversary of the Battle of Rivas, and many patriotic activities are planned for that afternoon.
The players from Honduras are scheduled to arrive tomorrow afternoon, and they will be training in the evening at the athletic field in Piedades de Santa Ana.
The rivalry between the National Football Teams from Costa Rica and Honduras date back to 1930, when the teams met at the Central American and Caribbean Games hosted in La Habana during the halcyon days before the Fidel Castro regime. Ever since, the two Central American teams have played 54 matches, with Costa Rica winning 20 against Honduras’ 18. We have tied 16 times, and the Ticos have scored 98 goals against 71 from Honduras.
The last match between the two National Teams was on June 18th, 2011 in New Jersey.
Bryan Ruiz Joins the Injured List
The Daily Mail newspaper in the United Kingdom reports that Fulham Manager Martin Jol believes that Tico star forward Bryan Ruiz may have suffered a foot injury that could see him sitting out the rest of the season. During a match against the Bolton at Reebok Stadium, Ruiz had a misstep while dribbling the ball down the pitch.
The incident happened on the second half, after Bryan Ruiz had already orchestrated a few dangerous plays against the Bolton’s defense. He scored one assist before he was forced to leave the pitch. The Fulham shut out Bolton by 3-0.
‘It is worrying – he has probably broken his metatarsal. That is a problem’, said Martin Jol about his striker. No comments have been made by FEDEFUTBOL on the matter. Byran Ruiz had not been called up for the friendly game against Honduras, but he is a key player of La Sele who would be instrumental in the qualifying rounds for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.