Happy with Gold Cup start, Costa Rica waits on Venegas injury
Costa Rica’s Johan Venegas is stretchered off with an injury during a CONCACAF Gold Cup game against Honduras on July 7, 2017, in Harrison, New Jersey, USA. (Photo: AFP Services)

HARRISON, New Jersey -- Just about everything went according to plan for Costa Rica in its first game at the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

It kept a clean sheet and, more importantly, started with a victory against rival Honduras.  The only setback happened in the first half, when Johan Venegas had to come off on a stretcher and was replaced by Joel Campbell.

Venegas was walking after the game, hoping the injury wasn’t too severe.

“It feels like the back of the muscle,” said Venegas pointing to his left leg in the knee area.  “I’ll have it tested and hopefully we’ll get a good result.”

Despite coming off early Friday, Venegas liked what he saw from his teammates in what was a very closely-fought game.

With Canada coming up next on Tuesday in Houston, the outcome was crucial to the Ticos’ Group A aspirations.

“We were really looking for a second goal to make it comfortable, but we’re happy with the result,” Venegas remarked.

Unlike the short turnover between the second and third games of the group stage, there’s an extra day to assess and recover in preparation for Canada.  Venegas remains under medical observation.