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Player Team, Age, Caps, Goals
1-Erick Lonnis (Saprissa) Born: 9.9.65 Caps: 74 Goals: 0.
First choice goalkeeper who won back his place in the latter stages of the qualifying campaign last year after recovering from a serious knee injury which almost ended his career in 1999. Known as a troublemaker in his school-days, he now takes part in projects helping underprivileged children. His father was also a professional goalkeeper.
 
18-Alvaro Mesen (Alajuelense) Born: 24.12.72 Caps: 16 Goals: 0.
Reserve goalkeeper, he stepped into the fold following Lonnis' injury and kept his place under former coach Gilson Nunes. He lost his place only two games after Guimaraes took over.
23-Lester Morgan (Herediano) Born: 2.5.76 Caps: 5 Goals: 0.
Tried his luck as a sweeper and center-forward before turning goalkeeper. Morgan has been unlucky with injuries, which have often struck just as his international career seemed set to take off. Had a brief season in Mexico before returning to Costa Rica.
 
Player Team, Age, Caps, Goals
2-Jervis Drummond (Saprissa) Born: 8.9.76 Caps: 38 Goals: 1.
Almost ever-present during the qualifying campaign, the speedy. Drummond can play as full-back, right wing-back or in the center of the defense. His twin brother Gerald also plays for Saprissa but has not made the national team. Another one-club player.
 
22-Carlos Castro (Alajuelense) Born: 10.9.78 Caps: 22 Goals: 0.
Left-back or midfielder who was brought into the side in Guimaraes' first game against Guatemala and was ever-present in the qualifiers after that. Dribbles and crosses well. Played in the World under-17 tournament in 1995 and World Youth Cup in 1997. Joined Alajuelense at the age of seven and has been there ever since.
 
5-Gilberto Martinez (Saprissa) Born: 1.10.79 Caps: 27 Goals: 0.
Like Castro, Martinez was brought into the team when Guimaraes took over and kept his place for the rest of the qualifiers. His tough tackling and huge determination make him a crowd favorite. Raised at Saprissa, he played in the 1999 World Youth Cup in Nigeria.
 
3-Luis Marin (Alajuelense) Born: 10.8.74 Caps: 74 Goals: 3.
Long-serving player who won his place back under Guimaraes, having been left out of the team by Gilson Nunes. Began his career as a midfielder with a reputation for scoring goals but is now firmly established as a skilful defender. Raised at Alajuelense, his career lost its way somewhat with unhappy stints in Guatemala and Uruguay.
 
15-Harold Wallace (Alajuelense) Born: 4.9.75 Caps: 54 Goals: 1.
Right-back or right-midfielder who played in the last five qualifiers, having only been sporadically picked before that. Played for arch-rivals Saprissa before moving to Alajuelense.
 
4-Mauricio Wright (Herediano) Born: 20.12.70. Caps: 40 Goals: 4.
Tall central defender with great experience after playing in Guetamala and the United States with the San Jose Clash and the New England Revolution.
 
14-Juan Jose Rodriguez (San Carlos) Born: 23.6.67. Caps: 2 Goals: 0.
Central defender who was a surprise call-up and who made his debut this year at the age of 33.
 
21-Pablo Chinchilla (Alajuelense) Born: 21.12.78 Caps: 12 Goals: 0.
Called up as replacement for injured captain Reynaldo Parks.
 
Player Team, Age, Caps, Goals
8-Mauricio Solis (Alajuelense) Born: 13.12.72 Caps: 84 Goals: 5.
Defensive midfielder, Solis won back his place in the team during the latter stages of the qualifying competition. Before that, his career had begun to slide after unsuccessful spells with clubs in England, Guatemala and the United States. Has a powerful shot and rarely gets riled.
 
19-Rodrigo Cordero (Herediano) Born: 4.12.73 Caps: 25 Goals: 1.
Tough-tackling midfielder with enormous energy and determination, he was baptized Rocky by a radio commentator and the name has stuck. A regular early in the qualifiers, he lost his place to Solis towards the end. Began his career at Alajuela.
 
11-Ronald Gomez (OFI Crete) Born: 24.1.75 Caps: 53 Goals: 17.
Known as the "Bullet" because of his shooting, the powerfully-built attacking midfielder won back his place in the team towards the end of the qualifiers and scored both goals in the win away to Trinidad. Raised at Alajuelense, his career has taken him to Sporting Gijon and Hercules in Spain and now Crete.
 
16-Steven Bryce (Alajuelense) Born: 16.8.77 Caps: 33 Goals: 4.
Attacking midfielder with good pace, he has had more outings since Guimaraes took over. Although he was raised at Saprissa, he now plays for their arch-rivals Alajuelense.
 
10-Walter Centeno (Saprissa) Born: 6.10.74 Caps: 49 Goals: 6.
Creative midfielder who is in a seemingly endless battle for Wilmer Lopez for the playmaker role. Centeno had the better of the duel at the start and end of the campaign. Raised with second-division Goicochea, he also played for Belen before joining Saprissa in 1996.
 
20-William Sunsing (New England Revolution) Born: 12.5.77 Caps: 23 Goals: 3.
Charismatic player whose trickery makes him a crowd favorite, Sunsing's eight appearances in the qualifiers were all as a substitute. Scored his first international goal in the 1-0 win away to Jamaica. Made his name with Herediano before moving to the United States.
 
6-Wilmer Lopez (Alajuelense) Born: 3.8.71 Caps: 68 Goals: 6.
Gifted midfield maestro with great skill and vision. Lopez, who also reads the game well, lost his place in the team after refusing to go Brazil for a training camp but won it back under Guimaraes. Known as "The Duck," he was raised with Alajuelense, where he has returned after a spell with Carmelita.
 
13-Daniel Vallejos (Herediano) Born: 27.5.81 Caps: 2 Goals: 0.
Defensive midfielder who played in the World Youth Cup in Argentina last year.
 
Player Team, Age, Caps, Goals
9-Paulo Wanchope (Manchester City) Born: 31.7.76 Caps: 48 Goals: 34.
Lanky but elegant striker who claims he learned many of the skills he employs on the soccer field on the basketball court. Formerly with Derby County and West Ham United, he has repeatedly defied his English clubs to play for his country. Scored eight goals in the qualifiers.
 
7-Rolando Fonseca (Saprissa) 6.6.74 Caps: 79 Goals: 38.
Costa Rica's record goalscorer, having long overtaken Juan Ullos's total of 27 goals, Fonseca is a free kick specialist and shoots well with both feet. Has played club football in Guatemala, Mexico and Colombia. Can also play in midfield.
 
12-Winston Parks (Udinese) Born: 12.10.81 Caps: 3 Goals: 1.
Joined Italian club Udinese last year after playing for his country in the World Youth Cup in Argentina. Likely to be used as cover for Wanchope.
 
17-Hernan Medford (Saprissa) Born: 23.5.68 Caps: 87 Goals: 20.
Hero of the 1990 World Cup when he scored the winner against Sweden to carry his team through to the second round, one of the shocks of the tournament. Mainly used as a substitute now but can still score and hit the winner away to Mexico in the qualifiers.
 

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