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Wallace sobre la Copa Oro: "Tenemos la confianza y la habilidad"
El internacional costarricense Rodney Wallace (camiseta azul) juega para el New York City FC en la Major League Soccer. (Foto: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)
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NUEVA YORK - Rodney Wallace tiene  buenas vibraciones sobre la selección nacional de Costa Rica; tan buenas que siente que los Ticos pueden ganar su primera Copa Oro de la CONCACAF.

Los centroamericanos, que llegaron a la final en la edición 2002, iniciarán la competencia en el Grupo A el 7 de julio contra Honduras en el Red Bull Arena de Harrison, Nueva Jersey.

"Tenemos una muy buena oportunidad de ganar la Copa Oro porque tenemos un equipo muy bueno", dijo Wallace. "El equipo sabe cómo jugamos, conocemos nuestro sistema y tenemos la confianza y la habilidad para ganar este torneo".

Los Ticos que alcanzaron los cuartos de final de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2014 también se enfrentarán en Canadá (1 de julio) en Houston, Texas, y la Guayana Francesa (14 ) en Frisco, Texas.

Wallace, que se unió a sus compañeros que militan en el extrnjero el viernes, sin duda ha demostrado su destreza física y tenacidad mental para el New York City FC esta temporada en la Major League Soccer.

El defensor de 29 años no figuraba en el once inicial el jueves por la noche, pero algunos cambios de última hora por el entrenador Patrick Vieira le permitió a Wallace dejar el banquillo y comenzar de titular. El lateral izquierdo estableció el gol de Jack Harrison a los 52 minutos en la victoria 3-1 sobre Minnesota United.

"Tienes que estar mentalmente preparados para jugar, sin importar desde el momento en que la lista de la alineación sale de la práctica antes del juego", comentó Wallace. "Incluso si no estoy en la lista de los titulares, tengo que prepararme como si tuviera que empezar  a jugar".

"Tengo que elevar el nivel de entrenamiento para mis compañeros de equipo que serán titulares y para aquellos que no lo son para asegurarnos de que todos estamos en sintonía y conectados porque todo puede suceder. Hay que ser responsables".

 
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