Costa Rica focus on Gold Cup prep
Costa Rica’s David Ramirez (white jersey) has appeared in four CONCACAF Gold Cup matches. (Photo: Mexsport)

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – For Costa Rica head coach Oscar Ramirez, there is no such thing as a “minor detail.”

The Ticos boss is known for covering all the bases.  Consequently, the group of players comprising the squad for next month’s CONCACAF Gold Cup stand to benefit from his attentiveness.

“The coach does not neglect any detail,” forward David Ramirez told the Federación Costarricense de Fútbol website.  “Although we are working a lot on the physical [aspect], the technical talks and the setup of the system that we are developing during the Gold Cup are primary.”

With everyone on the same page, competition for a starting spots is heating up.

Players who did not feature in Costa Rica’s most recent CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers, such as Saprissa midfielder Ulises Segura, are keen to show the manager that they deserve to play in the Gold Cup and beyond.

“The internal competition is always going to exist,” said Segura, who had two goals and one assist in the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League.  “Due to the teammates that played in qualifying, we can learn a lot [from them].  But, it is also our chance to demonstrate what we are capable of and also show ourselves to try to get ourselves into the call-ups for the Hexagonal.”

Before anyone starts thinking again about WCQs, however, a first-ever Gold Cup crown is the primary objective.

“It’s not a secret to anyone that the Gold Cup is a tough competition for Costa Rica, but we have a good group of players that will give everything in each match to get the victory,” goalkeeper Danny Carvajal finished.