Costa Rica, Colombia to meet in June friendly

Bryan Ruiz (pictured) will hope to be in the starting line-up when Costa Rica meets Colombia in an international friendly on June 6, 2015. (Photo: Mexsport)

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – Costa Rica will face a third highly-regarded opponent in June, when it faces Colombia in an international friendly at a location that remains to be determined, the Federación Costarricense de Fútbol announced Monday. 

The match on June 6 will be the 11th all-time meeting between the 2014 FIFA World Cup quarterfinalists with Colombia holding the advantage in wins, 8-2.  In their last encounter at the 2011 Copa America, the South Americans posted a 1-0 victory thanks to Adrian Ramos’ goal late in the first half.

"We were able to reach agreement and agree on the date, but still haven’t defined the place or the time when the meeting will take place,” said Eduardo Li, president of the Federación Costarricense de Fútbol.  “We wanted to take this opportunity to measure Costa Rica to this this selection.  The team can count on the majority of its players, so this warm-up match will be very important preparation prior to the Gold Cup.”

The Ticos are also scheduled to square off against Spain (June 11 in Madrid) and Mexico (June 27 in Orlando, Florida).

At the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Costa Rica will take on Group B opponents Jamaica (July 8 in Carson, California), El Salvador (July 11 in Houston) and Canada (July 14 in Toronto). 

Colombia will play in the 2015 Copa America, June 11 – July 4, in Chile.