Game expected to cause traffic chaos

Costa Rica meets the Jamaican soccer team again tonight, and traffic police will be out in force regulating traffic at the national stadium that has no public parking areas.

The police effort begins at 2 p.m. for the 8 p.m. game.

This is an elimination match for a berth to play at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Those attending the game are being encouraged to take public transportation. The valley rail line is just east of the stadium and special buses are being arranged. Some adjacent highways will be closed. Traffic police estimated that the crowd will be about 35,000.

While traffic police are busy outside the stadium Fuerza Pública officers will be augmenting some 200 private security workers inside. Some soccer spectators have been known to become rowdy.

Costa Rica and Jamaica tied, 1-1, in a match Friday. So the stakes tonight are high. In addition, Kaylor Navas, the Costa Rican who became the goalie for  Real Madrid, will be in front of the net.

The U.S. team is playing tonight, too, against Guatemala in Columbus, Ohio. The U.S. players dropped a game 2-0 to Guatemala Friday, so fans fear the team might be eliminated.

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