NEW YORK -- Rodney Wallace has some good vibes about the Costa Rica national team; so good that he feels the Ticos can win their first CONCACAF Gold Cup.
The Central Americans, who reached the 2002 final, start Group A play on July 7 against Honduras at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.
"We have a very good chance of winning the Gold Cup because we have a very good team," said Wallace. "The team knows how we play. We know our system and we have the confidence and ability to win this tournament."
The 2014 FIFA World Cup quarterfinalist will also meet Canada (July 1) in Houston, Texas, and French Guiana (July 14) in Frisco, Texas.
Wallace, who linked up with his international teammates Friday, certainly has shown physical prowess and mental toughness for New York City FC this season in Major League Soccer.
The 29-year-old forward was not scheduled to start Thursday night, but some last-minute changes by head coach Patrick Vieira saw Wallace move from the bench into the starting lineup. Wallace's left-sided cross set-up Jack Harrison’s 52nd-minute goal in a 3-1 home win over Minnesota United.
"You got to be mentally prepared to play, regardless from the time the lineup sheet comes up to the practice before the game," Wallace remarked. "Even if I am not on the starting list, I have to prepare as if I have to come in and play.
“I have to raise the level in training for my teammates who are starting and for those who aren't to make sure we are all attuned and connected because anything can happen. You have to hold yourself accountable."