HARRISON, New Jersey -- At 32-years-old, midfielder Randall Azofeifa knows very well that when players put aside their own personal ambitions for the good of the team, it’s the team that sees positive results.
The veteran Herediano player hopes to be involved at some point in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, but just wants to be a help any way possible.
“The expectations are very high,” said Azofeifa who still expects big things from his team despite the absence of star goalkeeper Keylor Navas. “Obviously, if I‘m used, I need to be available because what matters is that this benefits the national team.”
Navas rose to prominence during the Ticos’ run to the 2014 FIFA World Cup quarterfinals with some spectacular saves that helped pave the way for a move to Spanish giant Real Madrid.
Despite his absence, Azofeifa thinks there’s enough depth for them to match up with the favorites in the United States and Mexico.
“It’s necessary for (Navas) to rest properly and have the right type of preparation in thinking about what’s ahead,” said Asofeifa. “Besides focusing on (Navas) and not having him, we need to get behind the goalkeepers we do have. We have a goalkeeper (Dany Carvajal) that has made the jump to the Spanish second division. That matters to us and you have to emphasize that.”
Azofeifa emphasized that looking at the entire squad, Costa Rica has a great deal of depth and the potential to lift the Gold Cup.