San jose, Costa Rica (4E Sports) – Despite having 10 available players carrying yellow cards, Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto is not planning to hold back against the United States in their crucial CONCACAF 2014 World Cup qualifying match Friday at Estadio Nacional.
“If we have to get one, two or four cards, we are going to get them and forget about everything else,” Pinto said during a news conference Thursday. “I want our team to go into this match with our blood running hot but with cool heads.”
U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann also promised to give everything despite the possibility that one of his eight players with yellow cards could miss Tuesday’s game against Mexico.
“We’re not holding back by any means,” Klinsmann said. “It [the players with yellow cards] doesn’t [affect] our lineup. It’s about Costa Rica. It’s about that game, and whatever happens on Friday night, we will adjust then to the Mexico game.”
Costa Rica can clinch its first World Cup berth since 2006 with two wins this week against the Americans and Jamaica on Tuesday. The United States can secure a World Cup berth with four points from its next two games.
The Americans have won their past 12 matches and lead the CONCACAF group with 13 points from six Hexagonal qualifying matches. Klinsmann’s team is coming off a recent Gold Cup championship victory.
Earlier, Klinsmann expressed his annoyance with CONCACAF’s officiating selection of Mexico’s Marco Antonio Rodriguez.
“I don’t doubt that Marco Antonio Rodriguez is a great referee,” Klinsmann said. “But at the same time, there is something I can’t get out of my head. I have eight players with a yellow card, and four days later we face Mexico. Truthfully, I don’t like this.”
Pinto, however, contradicted Klinsmann’s view, saying “the Mexican referees show advanced international experience. I have been in many matches with him. He is everywhere. I welcome him.”