Monday, September 14, 2009

Costa Rica fires Rodrigo Kenton as national team coach

San Jose, Costa Rica (AP) - Costa Rica fired coach Rodrigo Kenton on Tuesday following three straight losses in World Cup qualifying.

Several possible successors surfaced, including Leo Beenhakker, Jose Pekerman and Cruz Azul coach Enrique Meza.

Costa Rica, which once led the North and Central American and Caribbean region, is fourth with 12 points following losses to Honduras, Mexico and El Salvador. The United States leads with 16 points, one ahead of Mexico and three in front of Honduras.

The top three teams qualify and the No. 4 team faces a playoff with the fifth-place nation from South America.
Costa Rica hosts Trinidad and Tobago on Oct. 10, then closes four days later against the United States at Washington D.C.

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