Two key members of New York City FC are a step closer to Russia and the 2018 World Cup, which kicks off on June 14.
Ronald Matarrita and Rodney Wallace are among 23 players named by Costa Rica’s head coach Oscar Ramirez to the team’s World Cup roster. While with their national team, the two players will miss a handful of matches with New York City FC depending on how deep the Costa Rican side go in the tournament.
Costa Rica has a trio of friendlies against Northern Ireland on June 3, England on June 7 and Belgium on June 11 before heading to Russia. Its World Cup group stage schedule features matches against Serbia on June 17, Brazil on June 22 and Switzerland on June 27.
Matarrita, 23, is among the newer players on the Costa Rican national team but has represented Costa Rica at U-17, U-20, and U-23 levels before making the jump to the senior side on September 5, 2015, in a friendly against Brazil. He scored his first goal for Costa Rica in a World Cup qualification match in a 3-1 win over Panama.
Wallace, 29, has been a mainstay with Costa Rica since making his international debut on September 2, 2011 – where he scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory over the U.S. Men’s National Team at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Rodney earned five caps in World Cup Qualifying to help Costa Rica through to the finals.