Telemundo airs Mexico vs Costa Rica World Cup qualifier

Deportes Telemundo will present the FIFA World Cup qualifying match featuring Mexico vs Costa Rica live in the United States Sept. 7, with coverage starting at 9pm ET (the match starts at 10pm). The game will take place at the National Stadium of Costa Rica, and will be called by famed sportscaster Andrés Cantor, along with soccer presenter Sammy Sadovnik and, in the field, reporter Kaziro Aoyama. Coverage will feature a pregame show with special reports, interviews and expert commentary and analysis.

The Mexican team has consolidated its position as “the CONCACAF giant” under the direction of Coach José Manuel de la Torre after winning the “Copa de Oro,” the Gold Medal in the Pan American games and, most recently, the Gold Medal in London 2012.

“For the Mexican national team, a victory would be a firm step towards the next phase of the classification on their way to the 2014 World Cup,” says Cantor. “On the other hand, Costa Rica needs a victory and will fight until the end.”

Mexico lined up Andrés Guardado, Javier “Chicharito” Hernández (pictured), Giovanni Dos Santos, Héctor Moreno, Guillermo Ochoa and “Maza” Rodríguez. Costa Rica surprised by announcing Gabriel Badilla, Daniel Colindres and Christian Bolaños, who returns after a 10-month suspension.

Costa Rica and Mexico have faced off on 16 occasions in World Cup qualifiers, with eight wins for Mexico, three for Costa Rica and five ties.