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Portland soccer: Timbers’ Wallace to play for Costa Rica

The Columbian

Portland Timbers midfielder Rodney Wallace has been named to the Costa Rica national team for the 2014 UNCAF Copa Centroamericana tournament, which runs Sept. 3-13.

Wallace is expected to join the Costa Rica team following the Timbers Saturday match at Vancouver, British Columbia.

A regional championship for national teams from Central America, the tournament will be played in the United States. On Sept. 3, Costa Rica will face Nicaragua in Washington, D.C. On Sept. 7, it will face Panama in Dallas.

Wallace, 26, has made 16 appearances and scored three goals for Costa Rica.

Following offseason knee surgery, Wallace has one goal and one assist in nine appearances (four starts) for Portland this season.

His assist came on Sunday as a second-half substitute in the Timbers’ loss to Seattle.

Boquete headed to Germany

Portland Thorns midfielder Vero Boquete has signed with 1. FFC Frankfurt in Germany’s top women’s league.

She is expected to return to Portland for the 2015 National Women’s Soccer League season.

The captain of Spain’s national women’s team, Boquete had four goals and six assists in 15 regular-season games with the Thorns.

Joining Portland after completing her season with a team in Sweden, Boquete was chosen NWSL player of the week three times.

“She loves Portland and she loves the team,” Thorns coach Paul Riley said. “Playing in Europe is important in her preparation for the World Cup. Being close to Spain makes traveling, competing and maintaining a good balance considerably easier. We want her back in Portland and we look forward to her return.”

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