MOSCOW (AP) — Costa Rica and Panama were overwhelmed at the World Cup, both going two and out. What does that say about the United States, which didn't even make it to soccer's showcase? "It's an extra twist of the knife," said former U.S. forward Taylor Twellman, now ESPN's lead soccer analyst. "It's another reminder that the failure to qualify is an absolute debacle." Beaten 3-0 by Belgium in its opener, Panama gave up five goals in the first half Sunday in a 6-1 loss to England. Costa Rica was defeated 1-0 by Serbia and 2-0 by Brazil. Mexico is in good position to advance to the round of 16 after victories over defending champion Germany and South Korea. While the North and Central American and Caribbean region had three nations in the knockout rounds four years ago, this will be CONCACAF's first World Cup since 2006 with fewer than two. "Mexico is a good, solid team. So is Costa Rica. Panama is an inferior team in the competition," former U.S. coach Bruce Arena said. "I feel … [Read more...] about What do Costa Rica, Panama early exits say about US soccer?
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Last Updated Jan 1, 2018 2:04 PM EST SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- Costa Rican investigators are looking into what caused a charter aircraft to crash in woods in the country's northwest soon after takeoff, killing two crewmembers and 10 U.S. citizens, including families from New York and Florida.The families from Scarsdale, New York, and Belleair, Florida, accounted for nine of the dead. The 10th passenger was identified as Amanda Geissler, a tour guide.The Nature Air plane went down at midday Sunday in Guanacaste. The Costa Rican Public Safety Ministry released a list of the passengers' names, and back at home, stunned family and friends began to confirm the victims' identities.A family in the suburbs of New York City said five of the dead were relatives on vacation. They identified them as Bruce and Irene Steinberg and their sons Matthew, William and Zachary, all of Scarsdale."We are in utter shock and disbelief right now," Bruce Steinberg's sister, Tamara Steinberg Jacobson, wrote on … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Families from Florida and New York die in Costa Rica plane crash
Costa Rica’s February 4 presidential election was supposed to be about the economy, corruption and crime. But it was upended, unexpectedly, by the subject of same-sex marriage. A single event — an advisory opinion by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (ICHR) declaring that Costa Rica (and other member states) should recognize marriage equality — led to the surprise showing by Fabricio Alvarado of the conservative Christian National Restoration Party (PRN). Fabricio Alvarado skyrocketed in the polls following the January 9 ICHR ruling when he vehemently opposed legalizing same-sex marriage and declared that, if elected, he would not uphold the court’s ruling. Throughout the campaign Fabricio Alvarado, a journalist and evangelical pastor, had been polling in sixth or seventh place out of the thirteen candidates, with no more than 3 percent of the vote. After the ICHR ruling, his party’s socially conservative agenda gained momentum; contrary to … [Read more...] about Costa Rica’s presidential choice: Between a rock and a hard place?
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — The latest on the presidential election in Costa Rica (all times local): 9:30 p.m. Evangelical candidate Fabricio Alvarado continues to hold a lead in Costa Rica's presidential election but seems headed for a runoff two months from now. With about 58 percent of the ballots counted Sunday night, Alvarado is winning some 25.6 percent of the vote, followed by two rivals in a close race for second. Carlos Alvarado of the governing Citizens' Action Party has 20.6 percent, and agri-businessman Antonio Alvarez of the National Liberation Party has 19.2 percent. If no one in the 13-candidate field finishes above 40 percent, the first two finishers advance to a second round of voting scheduled for April 1. ——— 8:45 p.m. Early returns from Costa Rica's presidential election put evangelical candidate Fabricio Alvarado in the lead but falling well short of what he would need to avoid a runoff. With about 12 percent of returns counted Sunday night, … [Read more...] about The Latest: Costa Rica evangelical leads presidential vote
Carolyn Kaster, Associated Press FILE - Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. Lee is taking issue with a Latin American human rights court opinion stating that Costa Rica should legalize same-sex marriage. SALT LAKE CITY — Sen. Mike Lee is taking issue with a Latin American human rights court opinion stating that Costa Rica should legalize same-sex marriage. The Inter-American Court of Human Rights last week issued the decision in response to a petition submitted two years ago by Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis, who had vowed to increase rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the country. The court, based in Costa Rica's capital of San Jose, along with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights is part of the Organization of American States, which works to promote democracy, human rights, security and development in the … [Read more...] about Sen. Mike Lee questions international court opinion favoring gay marriage in Costa Rica