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Pinto leaves Costa Rica; fails to agree to new contract

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The Canadian Press
7/24/2014 5:04:37 PM
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SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- Jorge Luis Pinto, who produced the surprise of the World Cup by coaching tiny Costa Rica to the quarterfinals, is leaving after failing to agree to a new contract.

The Costa Rican federation announced Pinto's departure on Thursday.

Costa Rica emerged from a group with Italy, England and Uruguay, all former world champions. It was eliminated in the quarterfinals by the Netherlands, losing 4-3 on penalties after the match was 0-0 after extra time.

Pinto, a Colombian, is likely to be attractive to a club or national team.

Costa Rica celebrates (Photo: Canadian Press)

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