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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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Calling an Audible: Changing Coaches in the Hex (Plus: Federations, Know Your Rights)

What does Jurgen Klinsmann need to save his job? After the 1-2 setback in Honduras left the US propping up the current Hexagonal table, this uncomfortable question began to circulate among the fans nervously anticipating the upcoming qualifiers against Costa Rica (who haven’t lost to the US since 2005) and …

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World Cup 2014: In Which History Means Nothing

Honduras beat the US in a competitive home match for the first time ever. Mexico failed to win a World Cup match at the Azteca for the first time in ages. And a draw in Panama left the visitors thanking their lucky stars. Welcome to the new Hexagonal. While Grant …

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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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End-of-year reflections, because you can never have enough

Normally, my contribution to the bounty of 2012 in Review articles would have been published earlier, but the Apertura finals in Central America extended to the very last weekend of the year. While all the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League berths on offer before New Year’s Day have been claimed, the …

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World Cup 2014: Six Up, Six Down

If Jack Warner had been more successful, next year’s Hexagonal would never have happened. To elaborate, if his lobbying efforts within the FIFA Executive Committee had produced four straight World Cup berths for CONCACAF, the corresponding format proposed by Chuck Blazer would have expanded the final round of qualifying to …

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World Cup 2014: Semifinal Round, Matchday 5 Review

Unlike in the elementary round, when the six survivors were determined with a matchday to spare, none of the teams in position to guarantee their place in the Hexagonal alongside Mexico managed to do so. Panama will feel particularly aggrieved at having wasted the opportunity to win Group C outright, …

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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 2014: Semifinal Round, Matchday 4 Review

As it turns out, the three-horse narrative held up. The expected minnows in each group (Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana and Cuba) lived down to their roles in defeat, racking up a cumulative record of 0-10-2 in this stage; and while the Leones del Caribe have already been eliminated from contention, …

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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 …