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By CAITLIN MURRAY
For the first time ever, Costa Rica will play in a World Cup quarterfinals. But the historical context is even larger as the nation will be the first from Central America to advance to that stage of the tournament. Living up to the drama of the first round, Brazil 2014 again delivered a nail-biter Sunday as Greece equalized in stoppage time to carry the game all the way to PKs, where Costa Rica sealed the win. For fellow CONCACAF nation Mexico, the Round of 16 was the end of the road as a controversial PK forced by the Dutch allowed a tie to slip away.
As the U.S Men’s National Team takes some time to reflect on a successful run so far — with SBI’s Franco Panizo hearing from DeMarcus Beasley and Michael Bradley in Brazil this weekend — a stateside Landon Donovan got honest. Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, Donovan admitted that, after coach Jurgen Klinsmann surprisingly cut Donovan from the squad, the Los Angeles Galaxy striker was hoping the team would struggle before making peace with the situation and giving the team his support.
And Kaka is coming soon. The Orlando Sentinel reported Sunday that Kaka has opted out of his contract with AC Milan to sign with Orlando City SC when they join Major League Soccer next year. An official announcement is expected Tuesday.
Here is a rundown of all the stories featured on SBI today:
U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM
Donovan admits to having initial bitterness towards USMNT after controversial cut
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Report: Kaka completes Orlando City deal, arrives Monday
Report: Gyau set for move to Borussia Dortmund II