International soccer could boost Maricopa economy

Maricopa businessman and sometime soccer scout Peter Cockle talks about the plans for Saprissa to train in Maricopa as Mayor Christian Price looks on. /Photo by Raquel Hendrickson
Maricopa businessman and sometime soccer scout Peter Cockle talks about the plans for Saprissa to train in Maricopa as Mayor Christian Price looks on. /Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

By Raquel Hendrickson | inMaricopa

Costa Rica championship team Saprissa is scheduled to train in Maricopa this summer.

“This is huge,” Mayor Christian Price said in announcing a major event.

“We are in the process of bringing an international soccer team to the city of Maricopa,” he said.

Deportivo Saprissa is a three-time winner of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Cup and the national championship team from Costa Rica. Saprissa was named CONCACAF’s Team of the 20th Century.

Price said its preseason appearance in Maricopa would draw national and international attention from businesses and fans.

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