72 responses

  1. kevin
    June 14, 2014

    Incredible, keylor navas has surpassed Timmy

    • CCJC
      June 14, 2014

      Are you serious???

      • Maykol
        June 14, 2014

        Have you seen Keylor? Ive seen a lot of people rate him
        A top ten goalie

      • Big Red
        June 15, 2014

        He is an amazing GK. Definitely better than Howard who is prone to lapses in big games and has suspect positioning. We saw everything you could want in a keeper from Navas yesterday. Great on crosses, wonderful reflex saves, decisive, calm, great delivery and of course great positioning. Howard is a bit overrated and mostly gets credit for making easy saves look ridiculously hard.

  2. Jack
    June 14, 2014

    Well done Ticos. Changing the subject but does anyone else think this put pressure on Klinsmann? 0 points is just not acceptable now.

    • GretelNick
      June 14, 2014

      No.

    • Johnny
      June 14, 2014

      0 point was never acceptable. Nice game ticos

      • Alex S.
        June 14, 2014

        less about being an acceptable and more about being expected. If the US lost all three but kept the games close, I don’t think that would go down as a shock. But with other teams defying odds I wonder if it gives the USA a greater sense of hope or opportunity.

        I agree w/ Jack that the USA is probably noticing a result like this. USA beat Costa Rica

      • Jack
        June 14, 2014

        I’m not even saying we have to get out of the group but not getting a single point would be a step backwards.

      • Alex S.
        June 14, 2014

        I don’t look at it like that because I think zero points always wouldve been bad.. i look at it like, a tough group isn’t an excuse anymore. If they do get 0 points Klinsmann has to own it. Other teams are squeezing out points against tough teams

      • Landy Cakes
        June 14, 2014

        We’re getting out of group. If anything it removes pressure if the Los Ticos can do that to Uruguay what can we do to Portugal?

        After that Nigeria match I have every confidence in the this team and Klinsman.

      • JCC
        June 14, 2014

        You’re comparing Uruguay to Portugal? Outside of Cavani, Suarez, and Forlan (who are all strikers), Uruguay is pretty average. It has basically no one outstanding in midfield (which I’m surprised most soccer analysts seem to overlook when talking about them), and their defense is just okay.

        Portugal has at the moment, the world’s best player, plus Nani, Varela, Moutinho Coentrao, and Pepe, It has someone that’s strong in every position. Not even close to comparable.

      • Josephnsantos
        June 14, 2014

        You are right on!i
        Portugal, at this ypoint is vastly superior to Uruguay.,starting with,the goalkeeper, midfielder etc Look how gUrugay looked against
        Costa Rica.
        Joe Santos, sr

      • JJ
        June 15, 2014

        In before Portugal goes 3 and out with 1 or 0 points.

      • Tommy B.
        June 15, 2014

        Portugal does have a really good team, thanks mainly to CR7 (mentioning Pepe, Nani and Coentrao doesn’t win you points), but it’s just plain ignorance to say Uruguay is pretty average.
        This is the team that finished 3rd in SA2010 (vs Portugal 11 or so).
        And besides Cavani and Forlan, you have Godin and Rodriguez with Atletico Madrid, Caceres champion with Juve, and other players in top teams. So yeah, pretty average is kind of an understatement.

      • PD
        June 14, 2014

        USA IS NOT PLAYING IN THE SAME GROUP.

    • GW
      June 14, 2014

      Whatever pressure was on JK hasn’t changed one way or another.

    • JJ
      June 15, 2014

      LOL at the pathetic fans who ever thought 0 points was ever acceptable, OR expected.

      I expect us to get out of the group. I can’t wait for them to “shock” the eurosnobs who discarded us just like they did Costa Rica and the rest of CONCACAF.

      CONCACAF reppin so far!

  3. Zac
    June 14, 2014

    Costa Rica gets placed in very tough group but they didn’t all wring their hands and start making excuses like Klinsmann and a lot of USMNT fans have already done lowering the bar to prepare for an early WC exit but instead kept their mouths shut and went into the game fired up and did what it took to get three points. Ghana is ranked 37th in the world for a reason and if Klinsmann cannot get a win Monday against Ghana doing it his way then also fails to get a result in the next two games then he should be fired.

    • Hogatroge
      June 14, 2014

      Let’s be serious here… Klinsmann said our goal is the semis…maybe not as optimistic as some Americans would like, but certainly not “making excuses” for not getting out of the group.

      • Landy Cakes
        June 14, 2014

        Thank you, Klinsman is playing to win. When we beat gonna it will be Katy Bar the Door.

    • Skyman
      June 14, 2014

      You are out of synch with this particular part of the universe…….

      Klinnsman is a very competitive and experienced manager. I’m sorry you have not a clue as to what he is saying and his approach.

    • Mark
      June 14, 2014

      Yeah…actually all of the Ticos were as surprised as everyone else that they won. They were much more negative about their chances than we were. Plus, noone is making excuses for the US. We will make it out of our group.

    • emma
      June 14, 2014

      zac don’t be swayed by Ghana’s ranking. our coach has never played his A team in friendlies and its something we Ghanaians complain a lot. he likes experimenting and giving the young lads chance to prove themselves. Costa Rica has done very well which also makes us think that this could be our year. u guys shd expect a wonderful game from us. when much is expected we deliver. check Ghana v Egypt in Kumasi and against Zambia we had to win and we won convincingly. the boys will be playing like a win will guarantee them Heaven. I must caution u guys, a cricket score line should expected cos they’re poised for the match. remember Ghana v Germany? if u don’t plz watch it again. its a herculean task wanting to beat Ghana. plz target other games cos there will be surprises in the group. thanks bro

      • Jack
        June 14, 2014

        That’s fine, but it doesn’t change much. Klinsmann has decided this World Cup is all about him. Zero points from it and he has to go. Seriously just asking for 1 point from this team out of 3 matches is not asking much at all.

        Also I’m pretty tired of hearing from people that Klinsmann is building for 2018. He has built nothing. Don’t take Jones, Beckerman, Wondo, Davis, Rimando and the other over 30′s that could be replaced by just as good younger players. This team on average is older then most in the tournament.

      • chg
        June 14, 2014

        Who the F is asking for just one point in three matches? This isn’t even a straw man argument. This is a paper tissue man.

      • Jack
        June 15, 2014

        haha fair enough,

      • GW
        June 15, 2014

        “Klinsmann has decided this World Cup is all about him.”

        What makes you say that?

      • Landy Cakes
        June 14, 2014

        You Ghannians are getting zero points regardless of who you play come on. You don’t have prayer, you’ve barely beaten the US in 2010 when we played horribly.

      • Neruda
        June 15, 2014

        Emma, since our coach, his players and everyone else close to the USMNT has said beating Ghana is imperative, we as fans must believe and put a huge amount of our WC hopes on this one game.

        What Ghana and the US has done in the past means nothing. It’s all about what happens on Monday. This US team has a few players who will remember the loss to Ghana in 2010 but more new players that won’t give a sh** about that game.

    • GW
      June 14, 2014

      “they didn’t all wring their hands and start making excuses ”

      Yeah? How do you know that? You follow the Ticos closely do you?

  4. Hogatroge
    June 14, 2014

    This will sound disingenuous, but I’ve thought Uruguay was overrated for a while. A nation that small (1 million fewer people than Costa Rica) can’t possibly be so much better than so many other teams. Let’s remember that Uruguay had to go to an intercontinental playoff to even get to the WC…yet they were seeded? They were overly buoyed by participating in the confederations cup and winning Copa America on a Cinderella run where someone else knocked out Brazil.

    • Landy Cakes
      June 14, 2014

      Yeah apparently they’ve barely qualified and their ranking come from the Copa America where they lost to every other large side and only beat minnows like Paraguay and Peru.

      • chuck
        June 14, 2014

        wtf they won it undefeated and eliminated Argentina at home

      • JCC
        June 14, 2014

        There aren’t any minnows in South America, that’s why it’s the most competitive region in World Cup qualifying. Also how exactly is Paraguay a minnow? They had a terrible qualifying campaign this time around, but were World Cup quarterfinalists in 2010 and made the round of 16 in 1998 and 2002. They aren’t San Marino or Barbados.

      • Landy Cakes
        June 14, 2014

        Get out. There are minnows Peru Suriname Guyana, come on now. That’s without getting into Venezuela and Ecuador.

      • KingGoogleyEye
        June 14, 2014

        Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana aren’t part of CONMEBOL. They play in CONCACAF.

      • JCC
        June 14, 2014

        Okay you obviously are trolling, know absolutely nothing about South American soccer, or have no idea what makes a team a minnow. Peru is a bad team, but it’s nowhere near to being a minnow. Not even Bolivia falls into that category. Venezuela hasn’t been a minnow in about a decade and Ecuador is in this World Cup for crying out loud. Please stop embarrassing yourself. It’s fine to be upbeat about the US, but talking absolute nonsense to justify your idea of where the US should be in the world of soccer just makes you look stupid.

    • Skyman
      June 14, 2014

      Copa America champs.

      Semi finalists 2010 World Cup

      Yeah, they’re overrated absolutely!

      • Landy Cakes
        June 14, 2014

        All I’m saying is they’re not up to Concacaf standards.

      • KingGoogleyEye
        June 14, 2014

        No, what you are saying is a whole bunch of incorrect facts.

    • JJ
      June 15, 2014

      I’m not shocked at this result. In fact, I put money on Costa Rica to win this game. It’s funny to me how virtually every time this group was previewed, Costa Rica wasn’t even MENTIONED. Like they weren’t even there. Knew then just as I knew when I put that bet, that they would force people to notice them.

      • Jack
        June 15, 2014

        What funny is now the story line has just turned to “Uruguay was awful” I wouldn’t over look this Costa Rica team for a second, if I’m England or Italy. Ruiz didn’t even play as well as he can.

  5. Ian
    June 14, 2014

    Way to represent CONCACAF, Ticos! Beautiful.

    Anyone know why Suarez was held out for Uruguay?

    • CSD
      June 14, 2014

      Knee surgery about 20 days ago.

  6. emma
    June 14, 2014

    the only game looked at the WC was against the Brazil when they decided to rely on offside which they did poorly. most people in Ghana consider it to be one of best ever in the WC. we played very well aside our mishap in defense. we have beaten u convincingly, u guys will go mute after the game. heard it hear first.

    • Jack
      June 14, 2014

      Most Americans respect Ghana a great deal. I’d look to some Portugal or Germany boards if you want to find some people over looking your team.

      • John
        June 15, 2014

        Not based on the reactions on social media after the last two times we played Ghana.

    • BrianK
      June 14, 2014

      Emma,

      Are you joking? Hard pressed to find USA supporters who look down on Ghana. Sorry but your comments say more about your view(s) than USA supporters.

      Question,….are you posting from Ghana or are you living in the USA? Just curious. I am thinking about moving to Ghana for work, the superior social services and democratic system? Would you recomend it? Would your government and citizens provide me with entry to your country and opportunity to advance myself?

    • little puppet
      June 14, 2014

      typical arrogance from another Ghana fan……let the game do the talking….

    • Matt J. Brooks
      June 14, 2014

      I only understood about half of this.

    • solles
      June 15, 2014

      definitely havent heard it here first, try 10000000 th, you yokels talk alot

  7. emma
    June 14, 2014

    *looked poor,
    *we have never beaten u convincingly

    • Matt J. Brooks
      June 14, 2014

      Nevermind you fixed it haha

  8. KingGoogleyEye
    June 14, 2014

    Side note: Nearly every player for Uruguay looks like a pirate.

  9. solles
    June 15, 2014

    i thought costa rica was convincingly the better side, and scored some very good goals. Wouldnt it be just fantastic if they knocked the English out.

    • Neruda
      June 15, 2014

      It’s a very real possibility they send the english packing. England have once again a squad of individual class talents but they just stopped working as a team at the end of the Italy game. England will beat Uruguay while I predict CR and England will draw. Italy will win all three games and advance with CR on goal diff.

      • Dennis
        June 15, 2014

        Of course Italy completing 92.2% of its passes (the best WC stat since 1966) helped keep English heads spinning.

  10. Neruda
    June 15, 2014

    Uruguay is good but this is now and CR didn’t care about what Uruguay had accomplished two years ago. They looked slow and frustrated and I was very happy to see Uruguay get licked. Now to see them get bounced from the tournament would be awesome.

  11. Brad
    June 15, 2014

    Off topic, I want to punch Lalas in the face.

  12. Mark
    June 15, 2014

    I think it was that the Uruguayan players were being suffocated by their jerseys. Did they all shrink in the wash?

    • KingGoogleyEye
      June 15, 2014

      Tight jersey = harder for opponent to pull

    • Big Red
      June 15, 2014

      No, I think they just all have C cups and are trying to fit into Men’s jerseys.

  13. Coach
    June 15, 2014

    Uruguay is overrated team,they only got to the semi final in 2010 because they cheated “Suarez catching the ball” and not by their strength. I thought he was going to continue where he left off….. but to my dismay, he was sitting at the bench looking at the ball crossing the goal line three times

    • KingGoogleyEye
      June 15, 2014

      “only got to the semi final in 2010 because they cheated”

      Wow! That’s all it takes to reach the semi?! More teams should try that strategy: one hand ball, and you’re one step from the Final!

  14. Coach
    June 15, 2014

    Ghana has enough quality to beat every team in our group. Indeed, we are looking forward to amassing all the maximum points to top the group. We compensate our weakness in defense with our cream of world class talented mid fielders and sharp attackers. Asamoah Gyan has scored more goals in a WC than Messi, Ronaldo and Roony combine.
    @BrianK, you are always welcome

    • KingGoogleyEye
      June 15, 2014

      Every team in our group has enough talent to beat every other team in our group. The same is true of nearly every group. Ghana is not special.

      “_________ has scored more goals in a WC than Messi, Ronaldo and Rooney combined.” Ooo, wow. In other words: 4 goals. Just say 4, instead of listing people like Rooney who haven’t even scored one.

  15. Bitman
    June 15, 2014

    What we’re seeing is that the space between the world’s best teams and the next tier of times is diminishing. Croatia was right with Brazil the whole way. Costa Rica, while not playing a top power, defeated a very good side fairly easily.

    Ghana and the US are both capable of not only advancing, but winning the group. Germany and Portugal are bette teamsr, but there are a lot of variables (weather, injuries, chemistry) that tend to be downplayed in making evaluations. Factor them back in and it’s closer than it appears.

  16. Dennis
    June 15, 2014

    I still think Group G will finish in a 4-way tie on 4 points each.. Goal difference or goals for will decide. What’s next, a coin flip?

    • Waterlewd
      June 15, 2014

      Drawing of lots is the final tie breaker. It’s more similar to drawing straws or picking names from a hat.

    • KingGoogleyEye
      June 15, 2014

      Before drawing lots, goals for and goal differential is reconsidered after removing from consideration any goals from games against team(s) not involved in the tiebreaker.

  17. Coach
    June 15, 2014

    Dennis, that would be very interesting….. coin flip?

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