Published Monday, February 22, 2021
Costa Rica’s Male Beach-Soccer Team
wins Central American Cup
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Undefeated, the members of the national beach-soccer team achieved the championship of the INDES Friends Cup, which took place in the coastal city of Barra de Santiago, El Salvador.
The INDES Friends Cup is the championship of several sports where the teams of the first divisions of El Salvador face national teams from Central American countries.
According to the information provided by the Soccer Federation, the team, led by coach Sheidron Grau, began the tournament by defeating the Guatemala team 9-8 and then played with the Garita Palmera first division team, beating them 8-5.
The Ticos closed their participation with a third game this weekend, against the professional team of Barra de Santiago and after beating them 5-4 they lifted the champions trophy.
This cup is part of the Tico team's training program before participating in the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football Soccer game, CONCACAF, which is scheduled to take place in April and the Beach Soccer World Cup that will be held in Russia in August.
The National Ticos team seeks its third participation in a World Cup after being able to participate in the Beach Soccer World Cups in Dubai 2009 and Portugal 2015.
Another soccer team that played an international match this weekend was the National Soccer Women's team, who lost against Mexico 3-1.
The first goal was scored at minute 22 of the first half by Mexican player Rebeca Bernal. A few minutes later, Mexican player Katty Martínez made the second goal.
In the second half, at minute 53, Mexican player Stephany Mayor scored the third goal against Costa Rica.
Shortly before the game ended, at minute 82, the Costa Rican player Fabiola Villalobos scored the only goal for the Ticas team.
However, the Tica's team will have a second chance to play against the Mexican team on Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the High-Performance Sports Center located on the south side of Mexico City.
The Costa Rican athletes of the National Women's Soccer Team have been in Mexico since Thursday.
Coach Amelia Valverde chose 20 players out of 28 athletes who had participated in different championships in January and February.
The women's team is competing to qualify for a spot at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics that was postponed from last summer. The summer Olympics are scheduled to be held from July 23 to Aug. 8 in Tokyo, Japan.
The game will be broadcasting live on local channels 6 and 7, and will also be live-streamed on the Facebook page of the Women's Soccer Team.
The last time the team placed was for the 2019 Pan American Games held in Lima, Peru where they won a bronze medal against Paraguay scoring 1-0.
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