Tico football squad to host an international tournament

Three foreign American football teams, including one from San Diego, California, are coming to San Ana to participate in a tournament with a Costa Rican team.

The Costa Rica squad is made up of selections from the teams here that just finished their season. The national team is 100 percent Costa Rica, organizers said.

Coming from San Diego is the Duo Sport Thundercats. From Managua, the Nicaraguan Guerreros has been invited, as has been the El Salvador Jaguares from San Salvador.

The four teams will play a game Friday, July 22. Costa Rica will face El Salvador at 4 p.m., and Nicaragua will face the U.S. team at 8 p.m. All games are at the Rio Oro Stadium in Santa Ana. The following day, the two losers will compete at 4 p.m. and the two winning teams face off at 8 p.m.

José Rafael López Palet, the head coach and general manager of the Costa Rica national team, said that the four-way contest is planned to be an annual event. General admission to the games is 2,000 colons (about $4), and youngsters 12 and under can enter free with an adult.

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