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In which people are surprised at CONCACAF’s tolerance for inclement weather

The US national team’s 1-0 victory over Costa Rica in a Colorado snowstorm last night has left more than a handful of observers absolutely livid. The Costa Rican Football Federation announced plans to file two complaints with FIFA: a long-shot at replaying the match, and a demand that a lengthy …

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World Cup Preview: The (False) Start

Four years ago to the month, Costa Rica began the final round of continental qualifying for the World Cup finals in the best way possible: defeating archrivals Honduras 2-0 at the Estadio Saprissa. The game did not lend itself to assertions of superiority, as Rodrigo Kenton’s side labored to establish …

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World Cup Preview: 2014 Semifinal Round, Matchday 5

On one hand, a full year of matches against the best our region has to offer, practically-guaranteed sellouts at every game, overwhelming media coverage and the opportunity to either qualify outright for the World Cup finals or face a less-than-intimidating playoff with the Oceania representative. On the other, four months …

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World Cup Preview: 2014 Semifinal Round, Matchday 4

Up in Canada, all the talk over the last few days has revolved around the typically Central American reception extended to their national team in Panama City. Journalists have posted videos of the raucous “street parties”, players have joked about the atmosphere, and the Canadian Soccer Association (via Twitter) has …

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World Cup Preview: 2014 Semifinal Round, Matchday 3

How much panic is justifiable after a rough start? Following the first two matchdays of the semifinal round in June, Honduras and El Salvador found themselves in third place in their respective groups, three points away from safety, with fans from both countries openly worrying about a premature end to …

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World Cup Preview: 2014 Semifinal Round, Matchday 1

If this is the first time that you are paying attention to World Cup qualifying in our region (for the 2014 tournament, that is), you may be surprised to find out that more than half of the fixtures have already been played. Between the first and elementary rounds, the smaller …

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2011 in Review: 5 Best Gold Cup Matches

This year’s Gold Cup, the golden goose showpiece event for our region, was the most bizarre tournament I have ever seen. The opening two matchdays featured three blowouts, followed by a scoreless draw; then, the Mexican federation pulled five players for testing positive for Clembuterol, a black eye for Mexico’s …