At 100-cap mark, Ruiz honored to represent Costa Rica
Bryan Ruiz (#10) made his Costa Rica debut in June 2005 and has played in four editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. (Photo: AFP Services)
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HOUSTON – A 1-1 draw with Canada in the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Tuesday wasn’t the way Bryan Ruiz wanted to celebrate his 100th appearance for Costa Rica.

The 2016 CONCACAF Player of the Year, however, has accumulated a lot of fond memories since his debut in 2005.

“It’s been very good.  It’s been 12 years since I made my debut in China,” Ruiz, 31, said with a smile at BBVA Compass Stadium.  “I’m very happy and always believe that all players have a goal, having the honor to represent the Costa Rican shirt.  So I’m very happy for this honor.”

Costa Rica fell behind to Canada in the 26th minute, when 16-year-old Alphonso Davies struck for his third goal in two Gold Cup games.  The Ticos leveled a few minutes before halftime through Francisco Calvo.

The result left both teams at 1W-1D-0L, but the Canadians remained atop the Group A table with superior goal difference (+2 to +1).  It was the fifth stalemate between them in eight all-time Gold Cup meetings, including the last three.

“We allowed things to get complicated when they scored first but any regional rival is a rival,” finished Ruiz.  “The last 15 minutes of the first half, we were attacking and the last five minutes of the second half we were really looking for a second goal.”

Ruiz will look to start his second century of matches Friday if he plays against French Guiana.