Saturday the third annual Tropic Bowl will take place at the Cuty Monge stadium, which is located at Olympia Village in Desamparados. The Tropic Bowl was the brainchild of expat Sid Owens, who has been a coach and referee for American football here in Costa Rica. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Owens said that Ray Darden joined forces with him in 2012 and they plan to continue the Tropic Bowl for years to come. Owens said he had the inaugural Tropic Bowl in 2011 and that it was in response to having a post season contest that would allow players from other teams who did not make the finals an opportunity to have a post season experience.
The first two years the Tropic Bowl was hosted by the Costa Rica All Stars. This year it will be hosted by The Federation of American Football in Costa Rica, and the members of the home team this year will be the national selection team for the federation.
The national selection team will be directed by a group of coaches from all of the teams that competed in the 2013 season. The head coach for the national selection team is Johan Quesada, who is the head coach of the Costa Rica Saints. Scott Doherty, the most valuable player of this year’s federation championship, who led the Toros Football Club in a dominating win over the defending champions Santa Anna Bulldogs, will be the offensive coach for the National Selection Team.
In the previous two Tropic Bowls the opponents have been from other Central American countries. This year the opponent will be the New England All Stars from Boston, Massachusetts. The All Stars are expected to arrive today at Jaun Santamaria airport. There are scheduled events for this year’s Tropic Bowl which includes a greet and meet at a hotel in central San José at 6 p.m. Friday. This event is open to all players, fans and the public.
The schedule of events for Saturday’s game includes an American football clinic to be held at the stadium from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. there will be an exhibition game between two minor league teams, the Titans and the Dragons. The game between the Costa Rica Selection Team and the New England All Stars will start at 2 p.m.