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Ramírez espera un grupo difícil para Costa Rica en la Copa Oro

El entrenador de Costa Rica, Oscar Ramírez, responde preguntas durante un evento de la Copa Oro de la CONCACAF el 7 de marzo, 2017 en Santa Clara, California, EUA. (Foto: Howard Smith / isiphotos.com)

SANTA CLARA, California - La familiaridad -y la falta de ella- marcó la fortuna de Costa Rica en el anuncio de los grupos para la Copa Oro de la CONCACAF 2017 el martes en el Levi's Stadium.

Los Ticos iniciarán la competencia el 7 de julio contra Honduras, luego contra un adversario habitual en la Copa Oro Canadá (11) y la debutante Guayana Francesa (14).

Independientemente de sus rivales a lo largo de los 26 años de historia de la Copa Oro, Costa Rica ha sabido sortear el calendario y ¡ sus desafíos. Ha llegado a la final sólo una vez, perdiendo por 2-0 ante EE.UU. en la edición del 2002, y ha sido eliminado en la fase de cuartos de final en las últimas tres ediciones.

"Es un grupo parejo", dijo Ramírez después del anuncio del calendario de juegos. "Sabemos que Honduras está bien formada porque el entrenador Jorge Luis Pinto es difícil. Está bien situado en la hexagonal".

"Canadá fue eliminado de las Eliminatorias de la Copa Mundial, pero viene con una nueva generación, un nuevo entrenador y siempre mantiene un nivel similar de un proceso a otro. Sabemos poco de Guayana Francesa, pero sabemos que tienen jugadores de ascendencia francesa y que es un fútbol en desarrollo ".

A pesar de todo su éxito a lo largo de los años en las eliminatorias para las Copas Mundiales y ganar numerosas ediciones de la Copa Centroamericana, Costa Rica ha registrado sólo un triunfo en 14 encuentros combinados en Copa Oro contra Honduras y Canadá.

Y mientras Ramírez espera cambiar esa tendencia en la edición 2017, siempre ha disfrutado de la experiencia de la Copa de Oro. Primero como jugador en 1991 y en la presente como entrenador.

"Ahora, se trata de disfrutarlo. Es hermoso " "Todos los países se reúnen, todos los aficionados de estos países aquí en los Estados Unidos, del Caribe, los de Centroamérica, los mexicanos y los estadounidenses, que han aumentado mucho. Es mucho más atractivo". finalizó Ramírez.

 
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