Costa Rica’s Wallace on WCQ: “Russia is the goal”

Rodney Wallace (pictured) has made three appearances for Costa Rica in 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying. (Photo: Mexsport)

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – Neither Rodney Wallace nor his Costa Rica teammates plan to rely on past successes to achieve future ones.

While the Ticos impressed with a quarterfinal finish in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Wallace believes they still must prove themselves worthy of reaching the 2018 edition.

"As a country we are proud of what was accomplished in 2014, but now it's a new cycle and Russia is the goal," said the 29-year-old winger. 

Costa Rica (4W-3D-1L, 15 points) sits second in the CONCACAF Hexagonal table and needs only one point from its last two matches to guarantee a fourth World Cup trip in the last five tournaments.  Fifth-place visitor Honduras (2W-3D-3L, 9) will provide the opposition on October 6, before Oscar Ramirez’s squad travels to third-place Panama (2W-4D-3L, 10) four days later. 

"We expect to win," Wallace commented on the Honduras encounter.  "They are a team that plays hard, but we play harder and smarter.  We are a complete team from top to bottom.”

A member the New York City FC squad that has clinched a spot in the 2017 Major League Soccer playoffs, Wallace is hoping to play in the World Cup for the first time.

"For me it would mean a lot to be part of qualification," he finished.  "It speaks volumes in where I am in my career."


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