Costa Rica Calls Up NYCFC’s Ronald Matarrita


With the World Cup qualifiers going on this week, international service will begin for New York City FC‘s defender Ronald Matarrita. The Costa Rican joins Mix Diskerud and Khiry Shelton as the only players thus far from NYCFC to be called up to their nation’s team.

Like Diskerud and Shelton, both qualifying games will take place on March 25th and March 29th. The matches will be against Jamaica and Matarrita will for sure see a substantial amount of minutes. Matarrita’s international service began in Costa Rica’s U-17 squad and ever since 2010, the left back has been moving up the ranks.

The 21-year old joined the senior squad last year and has six caps to his name. The last time Matarrita was featured in Costa Rica’s line-up came against Panama in a 2-1 win. Arguably NYCFC’s best signing of the off-season will most likely be out for the New England Revolution match-up.

Matarrita has started in the first three games of the campaign and has gone the full 90 minutes in each match. He’s for sure solidified the left back position and has convinced NYCFC boss Patrick Vieira that he plays a crucial part in this squad.

The left back’s aggressiveness, speed and overlap game has been spectacular. His form this season so far has slowly gained the trust of the NYCFC supporters and are looking for the Costa Rican to be a game changer.

NYCFC’s list of players that have been called up is now three and this could be concerning for Vieira. Matarrita, Shelton and Diskerud will most likely be unavailable this Saturday and that could be a problem for the Frenchman as all three have started every game.

While it’s a positive sign that his players will gain the international experience, Vieira will need to think about their fitness and if he should limit their minutes in the qualifiers.