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Costa Rica to name Colombian Pinto as head coach
AP, September 1st, 2011 3:35PM

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Costa Rica has found a successor to national team coach Ricardo La Volpe, who resigned from the post in August. Colombian coach Jorge Luis Pinto has agreed to take charge of the Ticos. It will be his second stint as national team coach.

Pinto, 58, knows Costa Rica well. He coached Alajuelense to league titles in 2003 and 2004. He coached the national team for part of the 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign. Since leaving Costa Rica, Pinto coached Colombia and Colombian clubs Cucuta (twice), Nacional, Tachira and Atletico Junior.

Interim coach Ronald Gonzalez will be in charge for Friday's game against the USA. Pinto is expected to be on the sidelines when Costa Rica faces Brazil next month.

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