Written by Will Parchman

A Football Report recently pushed out this beautifully shot short of the Copa Centroamericana Final on Sept. 13 between Guatemala and Costa Rica at the LA Coliseum. Costa Rica came back from a goal down and Juan Bustos’ 56th minute tally provided the difference in a 2-1 victory.

Gritty, real, stupendously produced. All those things. And now it’s here for you.

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Written by Will Parchman

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There were things we thought we knew about Group D, called The Group of Champions since its denizens had won seven. Italy had won as recently as 2006, and Uruguay was fresh off a fourth-place finish in 2010. England was… well, they had 1966.

But Costa Rica looked strangely like the dinner guest nobody invited. The final 23-man roster was largely unknown to the world. Uber fans who follow the CONCACAF Champions League – and there are not many of them – will be familiar with Alajuelense and Saprissa and Herediano. But Joel Campbell aside – and even Campbell, who’s been tossed off on loans by parent club Arsenal – none of these players are particularly heralded. The masked children in a known group of bullies.

Or so we thought.

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Written by Travis Clark

Defense of the 2012 U20 Women’s World Cup title official began for the United States on Thursday night, as they kicked off CONCACAF World Cup qualifying against Costa Rica.

As you can see by the highlights above, the U20 WNT had little problem, scoring six times, including four from Lindsey Horan, running away with an opening win in the Cayman Islands.

The qualifying campaign continues on Saturday against Jamaica, and you can see player reaction after the jump.

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Written by Will Parchman

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That there is the welcome mat Costa Ricans laid out for their World Cup qualifier against Mexico tonight. It’s obviously a huge one for Mexico, which has a great chance to qualify and would have to all but implode to miss out on at least a playoff against a relatively hapless New Zealand. And its a huge one for Costa Rica because soccer trolling is a national pastime.

The US experienced Costa Rica’s hospitality last month. Now it’s Mexico’s turn, I guess. Coffins. Solid.

Here’s a video.

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Written by Will Parchman

That up there is Clint Dempsey getting a bullhorn shoved up his nose while he read the fair play brief before the US’s eventual 3-1 loss in Costa Rica.

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Written by Will Parchman

“By late tomorrow night, everybody in this country could be a soccer fan.”

That’s how Keith Olbermann opened his Thursday night broadcast (yes, really). If you watch The Newsroom, Obermann is essentially Will McAvoy, but more blowhard-y. So the fact that he turned a eight-minute segment into an opportunity to chide Costa Rican hospitality is directly in his wheelhouse.

One disclaimer: when Olbermann starts having a fictitious conversation between David Frye and Richard Nixon and then Nelson Rockefeller creeps in somehow, just grin and nod. You’re not supposed to know what it means, either.

 

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Written by Will Parchman

You have to love CONCACAF red carpets like the one Costa Rica laid out for the USMNT this week. They denied the Americans a practice field. They purposely slowed down traffic. They greeted them with a weirdly angry Russell Brand at the airport. It’s everything great about the region. Seriously. I love it. You don’t see Denver Nuggets fans throwing down spike strips when the Jazz roll into town.

But this one is my favorite by miles. In the middle of a Jurgen Klinsmann interview, a man in a cow suit comes waddling up to the camera. He’s politely ushered off to the side, where you then hear the bleat of an air horn. Once being told not to do that, you hear it meekly one more time, like the air depressingly being compressed out of a basketball. It’s like a physical comedy routine from Gallagher somehow found its way into Klinsmann’s face.

It’s by far the greatest thing to come out of Costa Rica this week. Cows. Give me more cows.

 

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Written by Will Parchman

The U.S. U15s continued their roll in at the Copa Mexico de Naciones in Mexico City on Wednesday with a 1-0 win over Costa Rica. Joe Gallardo hit the winner, and a massive penalty save from Kevin Silva laid the brickwork for an appearance in the semifinals.

Next? A date with Uruguay at 10 a.m. (CST) Friday in Mexico City with a spot in the finals on the line.

 

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Written by Travis Clark

Thanks to a second half Brek Shea goal, the U.S. Men’s National Team defeated Costa Rica 1-0 in Tuesday’s Gold Cup group finale.

Both sides had already clinched spots in the quarterfinals, but first place was still on the line as the two sides tussled last night. See how it unfolded as the USA plans for a meeting with El Salvador on Sunday in Baltimore.

 

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Written by Rudy Madrigal

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The U.S. plays Costa Rica in a World Cup Qualifier on September 6th, and it comes as no surprise that Costa Rica wants to make it very difficult for the U.S. MNT. It may also come as no surprise that the Costa Rican Federation have decided to play the match at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa, also known as The Monster’s Cave. The U.S. are 0-7-1 lifetime against the Ticos in that stadium, which has an artificial grass surface. Costa Rica does, however, need to get the approval from FIFA to play the match there (especially since Costa Rica also has their new, glamorous Nuevo Estadio Nacional, which has a perfect grass pitch and where they have been playing most of their World Cup Qualifying matches).

While the U.S. is currently tied for second place with Costa Rica and Honduras, this does not look too good for the Yanks. Despite coming off a feel-like-a-win tie against Mexico in Azteca, they actually have a harder time playing at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa. If the U.S. has any hopes of making it to the World Cup next summer in Brazil, they need to start playing better on the road, and in general.

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