If there’s one player that Patrick Vieira doesn’t have to worry about getting injured on international duty, it’s his left back Ronald Matarrita. Despite Costa Rica‘s impressive 3-2 victory over Columbia last night, Matarrita and his teammates fell short of qualifying for the quarter finals.
Starting all three games for Costa Rica in the Copa Ameríca Centenario, Matarrita’s level was the same since he came over to New York City F.C., very high. The 21-year old went the distance in all three matches representing his country and domestic club proudly.
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As the only player from NYCFC playing in the Copa America, as a supporter, you couldn’t have been more proud. Mattarita displayed his speed, overlapping skills, explosiveness and passing in the tournament, something NYCFC supporters are all accustomed to see from him.
Following a 0-0 draw against Paraguay in the first round, Matarrita and Costa Rica suffered a heavy 4-0 defeat to the USA. The chances of Costa Rica qualifying were shattered once Columbia grabbed it’s second win and USA defeated Paraguay last night to win the group.
Despite an early exit, Vieira can now say that one of his players got the opportunity to play with the best players in a major international tournament and not many head coaches in the MLS can say that.
Matarrita has been NYCFC’s best signing with out a doubt and his performances this season were not overlooked by his country.
Now, Matarrita will travel back to NYCFC and get back to his normal routine. Don’t expect him in Wednesday’s Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match against the New York Cosmos as Vieira will look to rest him and keep him for the match-up agains the Philadelphia Union.