The opening game of tonight’s Gold Cup action between Costa Rica and Panama seemed to be on a slow ride toward extra time*, but a Costa Rica free kick into the box led to a 77th minute own goal when the ball glanced of the top of Anibal Godoy’s head.
As Clint Dempsey strutted over toward the corner flag after converting a penalty in the 9th minute that gave the Americans the all-important, pressure valve-releasing lead on Costa Rica, he channeled his inner Cristiano Ronaldo and mimicked the Real Madrid forward’s famous “Calma” gesture. “Settle down, you guys,” he…
Canada and Costa Rica are playing each other in Olympic Qualifiers right now, and Christine Sinclair put Canada up 2-0 with this beauty. This ain’t quite Christen Press’s once-in-a-lifetime first touch, but it’s awful damn good. Poor Costa Rica just keeps getting golazo’d on.
You don’t really need a translation of these commentators’ remarks to understand why the referee in a Costa Rican second division match jogged over to the sideline and kicked one of them out. The audible exasperation with which they use words like “malísimo,” “terrible,” and “ridículo” makes it all pretty easy to…
As expected, Costa Rica national team manager Paulo Wanchope resigned today, one day after he got into a videotaped brawl with a security guard at an Olympic qualifier. According to the Tico Times, Wanchope remorsefully said “We’re all human and sometimes we can lose our senses, and yesterday I lost my senses…
Costa Rica and Panama’s U-23 teams met in Panama City Tuesday night as part of qualifying for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. The match ended in a scoreless draw, and the real fireworks came after the final whistle blew. As recorded by Panamanian journalist Jhony Mosquera, that’s Costa Rican head coach Paulo Wanchope…
In a finish only former CONCACAF president and disgraced ex-FIFA official Jack Warner could love, Mexico defeated Costa Rica in tonight’s Gold Cup quarterfinal on a ludicrous penalty called in the 122nd minute.
I’m going to share with you some tips on how not to be kidnapped at gunpoint in Santa Cruz, Costa Rica and never be seen intact again. Didacticism coming at you—I’mma use every Spanish word I learned in my one-week trip to that scenic country, thereby proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that ignorance was not an asset…
Here’s everything you need to know about Group E.
There has always been a very clear pecking order in CONCACAF women’s soccer. The United States are the dominant team, and lose infrequently to Canada and even more infrequently to Mexico. They are the only three teams to ever qualify for the World Cup from the continent, but in 2014 Costa Rica became the fourth.
Keylor Navas was the best player on a Costa Rica team that exceeded all expectations in this summer's World Cup. Because of the goalkeeper's heroics, neutrals fell in love with him, Real Madrid fell in love with him, and Costa Ricans especially fell in love with him—a little too much, it turns out.
Dutch players swarm forward after defeating Costa Rica on penalty kicks. Photograph by Ryu Voelkel.
Tim Krul replaced Jasper Cillessen at the end of extra time for penalties and made two saves, the last one on Michael Umaña above. Every man who took a shot for the Netherlands scored and they won 4-3.
Robben went down very easily on this run—though perhaps he took a tiny shot to the pelotas?—and earned the Netherlands a free kick late in the game. Costa Rica were immediately unimpressed and called it a dive, but the ref showed yellow, anyway. Wesley Sneijder stepped up to take the shot and blasted it off the…
This kid right here, he's a little bit of alright. Speaking as someone who looks afflicted with some kind of palsy when he tries to wink, this kid is a pretty smooth-ass operator. He follows the camera pan all the way around and just sells it, the whole time. Total confidence, with a care-free attitude.
Here it is, the quarterfinal match-up that looked the most predictable going in, which probably means Costa Rica breeze past the Netherlands into the next round, 3-0. Either way, talk about it here.
Keylor Navas will ruin your dreams.
Costa Rica players react to their penalty kick win over Greece in the round of sixteen. Costa Rica will face the Netherlands in the quarter finals.
Costa Rica-Greece was a case against endless extra time. If they had kept playing, no one would have fucking scored.