Costa Rica takes Canada’s place in Copa America

Ricardo Quiros, spokesman for Costa Rica’s Football Federation (Fedefut), said it was invited to take Canada’s place at the competition which starts next Wednesday in Colombia, and had decided to go.

“Fedefut accepted the invitation and we are already organizing the team that will take part,” Quiros said.

“We are already in talks with the clubs and we believe they are ready to release us the players for such an important tournament, and also with those that play with teams abroad.”

Costa Rica is scheduled to play in Group C of the Copa America along with Argentina, Bolivia and Uruguay.

Argentina had pulled out but said on Friday it would make a final decision on whether to join the competition next Tuesday, one day before it begins.

Copa America organizers last week dropped Colombia as host of the competition because its civil war created too many security concerns. But they reversed themselves on Thursday, saying the competition would begin as initially planned on July 11 in Colombia.

Canada said on Friday it simply didn’t have enough time to pull its team together in time, leaving a space now offered to Costa Rica.