Just two days after lifting the Champions League trophy as Real Madrid's starting goalkeeper, Navas was pulled from Costa Rica's 23-man roster for the Copa with what is described as an Achilles tendon injury. The 29-year-old was in net when Real beat Atletico Madrid in a penalty shootout to win their 11th European Cup. Despite not making a save, Navas' side prevailed in the shootout.
The United States will see this news as a bit of a sigh of relief as they won't have to face Navas in Chicago when they play the Ticos in their second group match of the tournament. AZ Alkmaar's Esteban Alvarado and Alajuelense's Patrick Pemberton are available to replace Navas with a third option expected to be added because of the injury.
Costa Rica will still be tough competitors in Group A, but there's no doubt that losing a Champions League caliber goalkeeper will affect them in some way.