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Thursday, 30 May, 2002, 07:27 GMT 08:27 UK
Costa Rica face USA in private
Alexandre Guimaraes
Costa Rica coach Alex Guimaraes will test tactics
Costa Rica will play the United States on Thursday as they fine-tune their team and tactical options ahead of the World Cup.

The match will not be open to the public and will be the last one before the 'Ticos' face China on 4 June and the USA play Portugal a day later.

Costa Rica and the United States are well acquainted with each other after their duels in World Cup qualifying.

Costa Rica won 2-1 at home, while the teams played out a goalless draw in the States last October.

Manchester City striker Paulo Wanchope, who has been undergoing a special rehabilitation programme, may not figure but is expected to play at least an hour against China.

US coach Bruce Arena will use the match as a final chance to see goalkeepers Brad Friedel and Kasey Keller in action - injury permitting.

Keller is carrying a slight elbow injury which may give Friedel the advantage in a selection choice Arena has described as being like "splitting hairs".


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