Despite not playing much so far this season Roy Miller was given the start by Costa Rica head coach Paulo Cesar Wanchope as his side took on Mexico in their last match before the Gold Cup. Miller started at center back as he typically does for his country on the left side of a four-man back line. mended a three game losing streak against their very familiar opponents in Orlando.
Miller and the rest of the Costa Rican defense were able to handle El Tri's new all-star attack. Mexico now has the full commitment of Real Sociedad's Carlos Vela, and the next few weeks will give CONCACAF first look at what that might mean.
Los Ticos got off to a great start scoring in the 4th minute of play as Joel Campbell played David Ramirez in with a through ball; the forward was able to slot the ball through the legs of Mexican keeper Guillermo Ochoa. Los Ticos dominated most of the first half and were able to double their lead after a Mexican own goal before the break.
In the second half, Costa Rica fell victim to the most dangerous score in soccer, Los Ticos got comfortable and Mexico made them pay. After a couple of subs and a change of formation, Miguel Herrera's team looked like a completely different group of players in the second half.
The Red Bulls' Miller was directly involved in El Tri's first goal. The defender was faced 1v1 with the tricky Giovani Dos Santos and gave the attacker too much respect and space, allowing him to bring the ball to his right foot and slot the ball in the far corner. Miller was not the only one to blame: the Costa Rican 'keeper should have done better. Soon after, Mexico tied as Javier Hernandez slotted a wide-open header.
Overall, Miller had a solid game before going off injured in the 78th minute. There has been no news released about the seriousness of the injury yet. Costa Rica has until 24 hours before the start of the Gold Cup to replace any players with serious injuries.
Los Ticos open Gold Cup play against Jamaica on July 8th in Carson, California. Mexico will play one more tune up match before the tournament against Honduras before their opening match against Cuba on July 9th.