Penpix of Costa Rica squad for World Cup finals

Penpix of Costa Rica squad for World Cup finals
Costa Rica's national soccer team.

Costa Rica's squad for the World Cup finals comprises the following 23 players:

Goalkeepers:

Keylor Nevas (Levante) Age 27; 51 caps.

After arriving at Levante on loan in 2011, Nevas has turned into one of La Liga's most highly rated goalkeepers. His play this season has anchored one of the Spanish league's best defences and drawn the attention of major clubs abroad. Nevas made his debut for the national side in 2008 and was named best goalkeeper of the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup competition.

Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense) Age 32; 20 caps.

The back-up keeper plays at Alajuelense in the Costa Rican domestic league, where he has spent his entire career. The shot-stopper, who recently signed a four-year deal with his club, played in two matches during Costa Rica's qualifying campaign for Brazil and started all four of their Gold Cup matches.

Daniel Cambronero (Herediano) Age 27; Caps 2.

The Herediano keeper came through the youth ranks at Saprissa before making his professional debut for Puntarenas in the Costa Rican domestic league. Made his debut for Costa Rica in a March 11 friendly against Venezuela.

Defenders:

Johnny Acosta (Alajuelense) Age 30; Caps 25.

Played his first international in March 2011 in a friendly against Argentina. Spent six months on loan at Mexican second division side Dorados last season.

Heiner Mora (Saprissa) Age 29; (Birthday June 20) Caps 21.

Spent much of his career playing in Costa Rica before moving to Norway for the 2012 season. The right back, who is now at Saprissa, has played for the national side since 2010.

Michael Umana (Saprissa) Age 31; 81 caps.

The long-time national league team member played for Costa Rica in the 2006 World Cup. The central defender plays for Costa Rica's Deportivo Saprissa, whom he joined after two rocky spells in the MLS and an unsatisfying campaign in Guatemala. Umana made his professional debut for Costa Rica's Carmelita in 1999.

Junior Diaz (Mainz 05) Age 30; 60 caps.

The athletic defender and strong tackler made his first appearance for the senior national team in September 2003 and since then has been a steady presence in the back line. The Mainz man had stints in Poland and Belgium before arriving in the German league in 2012.

Roy Miller (New York Red Bulls) Age 29; 47 caps.

Made his professional debut with Costa Rica's Cartagines before moving to Norway, where he eventually latched on to top side Rosenborg Trondheim. Miller, who plays left back for his club team, helped Costa Rica qualify for the 2006 World Cup but was not in the final squad. A mid-season dip in form saw the defender relegated to the bench in the 2013 MLS season before regaining his spot later in the campaign.

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