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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SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — After reaching the quarterfinals at the World Cup four years ago, Costa Rica has high standards to match in Russia. The Central American nation, with a population of just under 5 million people, won a group in Brazil that included England, Italy and Uruguay and only lost to the Netherlands in a penalty shootout. This time, on its fifth appearance at a World Cup, Costa Rica will be taking on five-time champion Brazil in Group E, a team they also played in the group stage in the 1990 and the 2002 editions of the tournament. Here's a closer look at the Costa Rica team: COACH Costa Rica's qualifying path to Russia was riddled with doubts when coach Paulo Wanchope resigned after being involved in a fight at an under-23 game. Former midfielder Oscar Ramirez took over, keeping the same base of players from the 2014 World Cup, even those that did not enjoy regular playing time in Europe. Ramirez's main challenge will be finding a way to fit new players into this … [Read more...] about WORLD CUP: Costa Rica lifted expectations with run to last 8
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?