World Cup Day 9: Your Running Commentary

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By TIM FONTENAULT

After shocking Uruguay in the opening match, Costa Rica has a chance to do more damage in Group D, as all of England will be rooting for Italy in the first match of the day Friday at the World Cup.

Costa Rica can clinch a spot in the Round of 16 by defeating Italy, who cannot clinch a knockout stage spot with a win. Even if they fail to win, a draw would eliminate the Three Lions, who have lost to Italy and Uruguay already. Los Ticos come into their second match on the back of a 3-1 win over heavily-favored Uruguay. To reach the knockout stage would be an incredible accomplishment for Costa Rica, especially considering that they are playing without one of their main strikers, Alvaro Saborio. Joel Campbell has filled in nicely, pulling the strings in the opening win.

The day continues with the two top teams in Group E jockeying for position. France had no trouble taking care of Honduras, cruising to a 3-0 victory. For Switzerland, things were not so simple, but thanks to a brilliant run and cross by Ricardo Rodriguez, the Swiss grabbed three points against Ecuador with only seconds left in stoppage time.

Group E’s two losers from the opening match will square off to try and give themselves a fighting chance. Ecuador and Honduras are going to have a tough time getting into the Round of 16 at this point, with France and Switzerland the heavy favorites. A winner today, however, would give themselves a fighting chance on the last match day.

If you will be watching today’s matches, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (TV listings after the jump):

TODAY’S WORLD CUP SOCCER ON TV

12 p.m. – Italy vs. Costa Rica – ESPN

3 p.m. – Switzerland vs. France – ESPN

6 p.m. – Honduras vs. Ecuador – ESPN

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319 Responses to World Cup Day 9: Your Running Commentary

  1. QuakerOtis says:

    Benvenuti a CONCACAF

    • Increase says:

      Open header for Costa Rica. Could have scored there.

    • James says:

      Watching CONCACAF’s performance thus far has led me to one conclusion: the unwritten rule to always rotate the WC back to Europe after 2 cycles is a joke. European teams are consistently worse playing abroad, yet think the rest of the world are unaffected by playing in Europe. Yes, CONCACAF (and the rest of the world) is getting better, but there’s no doubt that teams like Costa Rica are more comfortable in Latin America than in Europe. Bringing the WC back to Europe despite it not being their “turn” is a massive advantage to UEFA.

    • Lorenzo says:

      I think we need to put a military base or two in Costa Rica :)

  2. bryan says:

    Ives, please address these MegaRed ads. they won’t stop auto-playing with sound when i open a thread. appreciate it!

    come on Costa Rica!

    • bryan says:

      also, FIFA investigating Mexico for using “discriminatory chanting”

      • Mason says:

        Puto!

      • Nate Dollars says:

        discriminatory? against who?

        • Nate Dollars says:

          i see that it appears to be the ‘puto’ yell (as mason demonstrated). had no idea that was supposed to be discriminatory toward any one group. is there some subtext i’m missing?

          • bryan says:

            yeah, i didn’t think it was a big deal but i guess in a lot of countries it is the same as USA fans yelling, “fa**ot” during goal kicks.

            • Maykol says:

              No its not. Its all about context. Yes the word can mean f*****, but much more often its used to call someone a b**** or calling a situation a b****. Thats how they use it when they say it in stadiums

              • bryan says:

                sure, that’s what i thought it meant to. but MANY of my south american friends have told me replacing the “a” with an “o” turns it into a gay slur. i’m not saying that is what it means in ALL spanish speaking countries, but when i have friends from multiple countries in South American tell me that, i tend to take their word for it.

                FIFA’s supposed point is that using it when it’s known it DOES offend a lot of people is not okay.

              • Lucas says:

                Doesn’t matter Maykol. Ugly and derogatory no matter how you slice it. It’s classless. BTW I’m half Mexican

            • Lorenzo says:

              p*to or pato?

              Pato in brazilian or portuguese means f*got. It actually means duck, but it can also mean the other.

              • bryan says:

                i’m referring to Spanish, not Portuguese. and yes, “p*to” is the word FIFA is investigating.

                never knew Alexandre Pato had such a controversial name!

              • Mason says:

                Are there any Portuguese double entendres along the lines of “quacks like a duck”?

          • Mason says:

            I had no idea what it was. I just guessed.

        • froboy says:

          It’s a gay slur

          • Maykol says:

            No it depends on the context. Yes the word can mean f*****, but much more often its used to call someone a b**** or calling a situation a b****. Thats how they use it when they say it in stadiums

            • Benny says:

              I lived in Mexico for two years and while you are right about context, it is still bad. One does not call his father a “puto” and say, “Sorry, you took it out of context pops.”

          • Nate Dollars says:

            did not know that. guess i should’ve thought about that before i named my dog.

      • Nate Dollars says:

        also, are fifa saying they’re just now finding out about this? that’s hard to believe.

  3. Increase says:

    Joel Campbell mini dive at the corner flag!

  4. beachbum says:

    Costa Rica came to play, higher lines than normal the first 15 minutes looking to press, now settling in to their more familiar look defensively

    • Increase says:

      Yep, they usually sit back more even against the US.

      González just had a good defensive play on Balotelli and got Mario it foul him.

      • beachbum says:

        and Motta just flailed on an open shot above the 18. not supposed to find that space so early, hopefully they won’t see too many more of those

  5. Fast Eddie says:

    How did the U.S finish ahead of Costa Rico in qualifying?

  6. Mr_A says:

    Wow! Amazing Italian miss! He was offsides, too, although they didn’t call it. The lineman missed another one earlier.

    • beachbum says:

      good call…looked like two Italians were off

    • Older & Wiser says:

      That’s “offside” — no “s” from the British English being “off the side” as in “not-part-of-the-team” when in an offside position and guilty of an offside offense.

  7. beachbum says:

    going to live and die by the offside trap and organized line, the AR needs to be sharp

  8. beachbum says:

    yes! the first test for Buffon…was that Bolanos?

  9. Rowsdower says:

    wow.. looked like a PK! huge.

  10. Jack says:

    When getting a reputation for diving goes against you

  11. Rowsdower says:

    lol Amazing!

  12. Lu says:

    GOAL!!!!!! COSTA RICA!!!! GOAL FOR CONCACAF! !!

  13. beachbum says:

    suck it baby…justice. can’t take that one away from them!

  14. Mason says:

    GLT in action right there.

    • Increase says:

      I bet they don’t get it if not for the GLT.

      • Mason says:

        Maybe, maybe not. Close calls like that are the AR’s to make. I’d have to watch a replay that has the AR in it to see how he reacts. If his flag went up immediately or he starts running up the line, he saw the ball behind the goal line. If he kept tracking the play, then he didn’t and it was only GLT that saw it.

        Off the crossbar with backspin into the ground behind the goal line and back out. That’s exactly the type of goal GLT is meant to catch. Hopefully the successful introduction of technology in this WCF will soften up IFAB and FIFA’s reluctance to add more.

  15. Shawn says:

    Gooooaaaalll

  16. JayAre says:

    Golazo!!!!! Wow Costa Rica is surprising the world.

  17. JayAre says:

    Are the trying to pull a USA 2002?

    • QuakerOtis says:

      More power too ‘em.

    • Ted Tran says:

      Did the USA get of the group of death beating two former world champs?

      • Nate Dollars says:

        what does england have to do with this?

      • Byrdman says:

        Always a shot at the US! For someone who hates the US teams so much you sure spend a lot time with US fans. I guess you are hoping our never say quit attitude will rub off on el Tri????

      • slowleftarm says:

        Did the USA get out of the group of death beating two former world champs? No but they did reach the quarterfinals and knocked out Mexico along the way.

        • Ted Tran says:

          Yep they beat minnows, what Costa Rica is doing is amazing.

          • Francois says:

            Since when was Portugal considered a minnow? Get out of here.

          • slowleftarm says:

            Portugal featured Figo and Rui Costa and South Korea was at home. I guess they were lucky to get an easy team like Mexico in the second round but they took advantage of that good fortune.

            • Nate Dollars says:

              now ted here is the subtle troII.

              i don’t mind responding to him, though, because i feel bad for him. he’s obviously a fan of another country (mexico, i think, but not sure), but he spends so much time here…not sure he has anyone else to talk to about soccer.

          • Mason says:

            2002 POR wasn’t a minnow. 2002 ROK was a semifinalist, fergawdsakes.

            • Ted Tran says:

              What has portugal won? They have always been overrated, S. Korea had the refs on their side and Poland…enough said.

              • Francois says:

                Haha So, by your criteria, the Netherlands is a minnow? Like I said, get out of here.

              • Mason says:

                That they failed doesn’t a minnow make. Is Spain a minnow?

                The US lost to POL, ted. That’s why I didn’t mention them. That said… Poland lost one match in its 2002 qualification, so they’re not really a minnow either.

              • MidWest Ref says:

                Portugal – runner up Euro 2004 – not a bad showing, eh?

  18. Dan-o says:

    Ole Ticos!

  19. Tom_in_So_IL says:

    Now let’s see how Italy handles the heat.

    • Jack says:

      was just thinking the same thing, you could see it already getting to them, Italy needs to answer back early in the half

  20. Fast Eddie says:

    Costa Rica was by far the better team in the first half

  21. bizzy says:

    GO COSTA RICA…..GO CONCACAF. Wow, right after a controversial call Costa Rica keep their cool and keep pressing to score a goal, like a top 10 team. Unbelieveable….if you beat Uruguay, then beat Italy and keep a team like England from qualifying your world cup is grand and you have made you mark…doesn’t matter what else happens

  22. jefpal says:

    Italy could use Montolivo’s ballhandling and distribution right now.

  23. usaalltheway says:

    Great game.

    Balotelli terrorizing the defense but can’t seem to score. I am guessing that he and Jozy ware very similar players with Jozy being the lesser of the two, right? The hold-up play, the back to goal, the strength, the simple but dangerous movement.

    That was a PK against Campbell, right? How could it not have been?

    I say Costa Rica at least steals a point out of all this. They are winning but the Italians look more dangerous in mid-field and seem to have had more chances in front of goal. Going to be hard to maintain this lead.

    The US is looking more and more like one of the lesser teams in our region.

    • QuakerOtis says:

      I like most of what you said… but that last sentence? Gold Cup, Qualifying, and let’s wait until Sunday at 5pm pacific to evaluate whether the US is the weakest performer in the Cup. Oh, and Honduras.

    • slowleftarm says:

      Trolling is tiresome, especially when said troll pretends to be a USMNT fan. True, I responded this time, which just encourages him so I guess I’m to blame partially.

      • Nate Dollars says:

        sla,

        i don’t think he’s a troII, just excitable. (it doesn’t help that he responds to disagreement with some condescending ‘lost soul’ crap.) if we look good the next game, he’ll think we’re ‘world class’.

        • slowleftarm says:

          No his comments about Mexico were pure trolling. He’s subtle, but ultimately a troll.

          • QuakerOtis says:

            Keep in mind that anyone can use a screen name. I think yours and mine have been hijacked before as well. I think, as Nate said, he just expresses himself in hyperbole, wishes the US had looked better in that was ultimately a win. Don’t we all?

            • QuakerOtis says:

              *what was

            • usaalltheway says:

              That is it.

              And no, I don’t use other people’s names. I use only this one.

              The US looked terrible and I would like it if they hadn’t. That is it.

              • QuakerOtis says:

                I know you don’t… but some people have. Someone (I think Baptista) used my name to troll once. Maybe slow saw someone trolling with your name.

        • UclaBruinGreat says:

          He is definitely a troll. Mexico fan using a pro-usa name tag. I also think usaalltheway and ted tran are the same person.

        • UclaBruinGreat says:

          Its not that difficult. Havent you noticed that where ever ted tran comments so does usaalltheway? And they always agree/compliment each other.

    • Ted Tran says:

      Crazy to think the team that dominated through qualifying would be one of the worst in the at the world cup.

      • jefpal says:

        So far, all they’ve done is win in a match where they lost their striker and central defender to injury, and their two best field players underperformed — one due to having his nose broken.

      • johnny99 says:

        You talking about Australia, or Spain?

      • usaalltheway says:

        At least one of you guys has your head on straight.

        It is amazing, isn’t TedTran?

    • HoboMike says:

      Really? The US looks more like one of the lesser teams based on….what? Costa Rica beating an out-of-form and under strength Uruguay team? 45 minutes of this game? Mexico drawing Brazil due to an otherworldly performance from Ochoa?

    • usaalltheway says:

      Too many people on here have WAY TOO MUCH of their egos and personal worth invested in the USMNT.

      Out of the four teams from our region in this Cup the US is easily third. Costa Rica is first and Mexico second.

      I am not a “troll” and most of you are lost souls. It’s just a game for God’s sake. You guys need to some serious reevaluating of your lives and your value systems.

      Get over it already. The US looked terrible while Mexico and Costa Rica are looking great.

      • Nate Dollars says:

        called it.

      • Mason says:

        You’re annoying because you’re wrong. Ochoa looked great. Mexico looked Mexican, and you seem to think it’s some huge revelation. Aimless, toothless possession is Mexico’s game.

        Oles are nice. Goals are better.

        • bryan says:

          agreed. Mexico hung on due to Ochoa. they didn’t look bad but it wasn’t that great of a performance from anyone outside of Ochoa.

      • QuakerOtis says:

        I definitely see your point. But your conclusion is odd, which makes your reasoning seem flawed, hence the trolling accusation from slow. You don’t seem to be accounting for styles, group difficulty, and the fact that a lot of us respect both Mexico and CR. We all know the US could have played better… but give Ghana credit too! And we did win after all.

        Uruguay and (apparently) Italy just flat underestimated CR, who are doing very well imho. No one in our group is looking past us, certainly not Ghana, who almost needed to beat us.

        • usaalltheway says:

          Well, it is good that someone sees my point. Thanks for recognizing it.

          As for the comparisons and all that, it is simple: Costa Rica just got out of the real Group of Death, ahead of the 4 time World Champions, England and the current South American champs and the 4rd placed team of the last World Cup.

          Mexico played very well against Cameroon and held Brazil in Brazil in a spectacular way. What is more shocking about Mexico is how quickly they turned around their poor form from qualification.

          The US has a difficult group but doesn’t compare to Costa Rica’s. They scored quickly and they proceeded to get man-handle for 70 minutes. They looked horrible and it’s amazing how dependent the team is on just a few players. Clearly, they are not the better team in the region.

          My general point though is this: comparing the play on the field, both Mexico and Costa Rica have faired much better, played quicker, more beautiful, attractive and effective soccer than the US.

          What is truly shocking is how the vast majority of the posters on here get totally bent out-of-shape when someone says anything they don’t like. They have their egos and personal value confused with the USMNT and because of that I recognize a confusion of values. Hence, they are “lost souls”.

          At the end of the day, it is just a game and no matter who wins or loses I am enjoying it all.

          It’s a bummer that so many of those on here (though clearly you are different) carry on in such a low, puerile and unhealthy way. The personal attacks, the name-calling and the general nastiness is all a reflection of them, not me.

          • Mason says:

            I just wonder why you were so enthralled by Mexico knocking it around the middle of the park. That’s what they always do against better competition. Most of the time, they lose, but Ochoa had a great game.

            I think the static you’re getting is a manifestation of the same static that Tri Fans get after Dos-a-Ceros where they had 60% or more of possession. They say, “We played better than you, we had more shots, more of the ball..”

            The response is, “Yeah… But dos a cero, so pound sand.”

            As time passes, only fans of the losers look back and say, “We played a better game than the winners.” Everyone else just see the score and moves on. Pretty play is nice. Pretty play is entertaining. Pretty play isn’t the only way to win, and winning is the goal.

          • QuakerOtis says:

            You’re still not accounting for match-ups, imo, still relying too much on world rankings and such. But ok.

            • usaalltheway says:

              I didn’t even mention World Rankings. They are utter garbage and mostly useless.

              In fact, I specially did mention match-ups.

              I am getting so much flak because posters on here are confusing their personal worth and egos with the USMNT. They have them confused. Hence, when the US does poorly and others do well, they get angry. It’s very common in sports.

              I enjoy the game and love the USMNT but no one can claim that the US played well on ANY level against Ghana, while Costa Rica just got out of the Group of Death in first place and Mexico has had the turn-around of the century.

              I hope by the time Sunday’s game is over thing will look different for the USMNT but I highly doubt it.

              At any rate, it is a game and it is just that. It’s a hell of a lot of fun but most of those on here are unpleasant and down-right nasty.

              • Mason says:

                Both MEX and USA would kill for 1-0 Bunker Bob (TM) wins in their next matches.

                Beauty is overrated.

          • GW says:

            usalltheway,

            I don’t think play in the World Cup against other teams necessarily translates to Regional dominance. I haven’t checked how the brackets work out but if/when the US meets Mexico or Costa Rica to challenge for a place in the final or the semis then we can talk about regional supremacy, and, believe me if that happens I’d be very happy to debate the matter.

            Mexico were horrible in qualifying but in the end got through. Their World Cup team is practically a new team which you might expect with different management and different players.

            As for Costa Rica, the Snow Bowl was a one off game and of course, Costa Rica won at home but the US lost Mikey just before kickoff And their performance in Brazil is nothing short of sensational. I would pick them along with Chile as teams to watch.

            So the order of finish in Qualifying was all well and good but other than insuring participation in Brazil, it had nothing to do with how these teams play the World Cup.

            The Ghana game was not pretty soccer but the US lost Jozy early and then Dempsey was neutered by injury. So the US team you saw for most of the Ghana game were offensively neutered. Yet, they still got through on grit and smarts. Imagine if Mexico had lost Peralta or Costa Rica had lost Campbell after 20 minutes in their first games.

            And Uruguay did not have Suarez. Is there a more influential player at this World Cup?

            I don’t think you can compare Costa Rica’s and Mexico’s task with their groups to the US’ task with their group until group play is finished.

            Will the US be able to compensate for the loss of Altidore?

            Will Portugal, with their Stud questionable, be more like the Uruguay that lost to Costa Rica or more like the Uruguay that beat England?

            The World Cup is all about how teams finish up in the tournament not how they start.

            If you don’t like what you perceive to be personal attacks on this site then you should quit posting here. SBI has never primarily been about intelligent, informed, reasoned discussion.

            It is mostly about hysteria, the ability to “own” the other guy, bigotry, racism and the unfettered ability to rip players and managers for their failures. The “attacks” on you are part of the territory and is allowed by whoever manages this site. If you don’t like the heat, leave the kitchen.

            There is an old saying about getting what you pay for, after all.

            • Nate Dollars says:

              “SBI has never primarily been about intelligent, informed, reasoned discussion.

              It is mostly about hysteria, the ability to “own” the other guy, bigotry, racism and the unfettered ability to rip players and managers for their failures.”

              i disagree, gw. or, at least, i’d call it 50/50. and i might be mistaken, but i think you’ve been here long enough to remember when it was even better than it is presently.

              there’s a reason i don’t comment at goal or *shudder* espn.

      • slowleftarm says:

        You’re right about one thing – there is someone on this thread that needs to seriously reevaluate his life and value system.

      • Mr_A says:

        Well, it was a different set of games. Costa Rica did (and is doing) what they had to do. Their 170′ minutes of play look prettier than our 90′. And Mexico is punching above the weight they brought to the Gold Cup and the qualifying campaign. So they both look pretty good. By contrast we had a grueling game, and managed to take it out in an ugly fashion. But our team is still good. We’ll see where we are in a few more games.

        • DB says:

          Mexico ties Brazil on the back of MOTM perfromance from GK.

          “Mexico is the best team in the region.”
          -usaalltheway

          CR beats an underwhelming (and they have been their last four matches) Italy.

          “Costa Rica is the best team in the region.”
          -usaalltheway

          Can’t wait to see where Honduras will rank if they get a scoreless draw vs. Ecuador. I’m guessing ahead of at least one certain team…

          If you wanna call them “CONCACAF Power Rankings,” then fine….but you can’t go passing around the “Best in CONCACAF” title on a match-to-match (and matches not even amongst two CONCACAF teams, no less) basis like it’s the WWE Heavyweight Championship.

      • Chris says:

        You could at least wait until after the USA plays Portugal before you post all of this garbage.

        You are perhaps the single worst poster on this site.

  24. iggy says:

    Joel – Matt Besler sends his condolences on the blown PK call.

  25. Dr.K says:

    It is clear that the coaching for England was abysmal, just look at how Costa Rica is approaching this game. Pirlo is a BIG liability here, 0 defense and very soft if you kick his butt. You must KICK him on defense and attack thru him on offense. Its like playing 11 v 10. also the Italy defense is not very athletic so you must pressure them.

  26. usaalltheway says:

    That sequence right there by Costa Rica.

    That is what a class team does.

  27. Cliff Poncier says:

    Man, Ruiz’s goal looked like Donovan’s goal vs. Mexico Korea 2002!!!

    link to youtube.com

    See the 53 second mark

    link to youtube.com

  28. Ted Tran says:

    LOL @ Italy bench start a fight with Costa Rica, stay classy Italy.

  29. Tom_in_So_IL says:

    We might have to beat GER to keep up with the rest of Concaf. I wonder how panama would do against Algeria or Iran.

    • Mason says:

      If we’ve put the work in in the first two games to punch the ticket to the second round, why would we worry about keeping up with the rest of CONCACAF? Four points playing against GER sitting on six needs a draw to put both sides through in their respective positions. Germany won’t risk injury or silly cards to get meaningless points, and neither should we.

      • Fast Eddie says:

        A whole of wishful thinking there

        • Mason says:

          Which part? The draw against POR or the GER-USA nonaggression pact. Germany has a history of stuff like that.

      • Tom_in_So_IL says:

        Why does everybody assume Germany just gonna beat Ghana. I hope they do, but I doubt it. I was being scarcadtic because all these people acting like were the 3rd team from our region. Our group is freaking ridiculous, right! If you put any of the other 2 (PortUgal and Ghana) teams in group they’d be favored to advance. I really wouldn’t be surprised if Ghana beat Germany. OK rant over…

        • QuakerOtis says:

          I thought about this the other day. There is A LOT to play for… potentially.

        • Mason says:

          Why should GER beat GHA?

          Defensively, they can basically utilize the tactic that USA used to neuter (!) GHA’s attack. Force crosses and clean them up. GER can do it better than the US because their CBs and FBs are better, so they’ll probably have to deal with fewer crosses. Alternatively, they can press high with three and cause GHA’s backs to make quick decisions on the ball. In the opening minutes of USA-GHA Alitidore did that, and it worked rather well.

          Offensively, they won’t give the ball away nearly as much as the USA did against GHA’s high pressure.

          I’m not saying that GHA can’t beat GER, but GHA will have to play a nearly perfect game and GER will have to play poorly.

        • Tom_in_So_IL says:

          I hope Ghana wins bout I doubt it but Ghana is capable. France is overrated too. Winning with 10 men by 4-0 doesn’t really mean anything IMO.

          • Mason says:

            It was already 2-0 when Pepe was sent off.

            • Tom_in_So_IL says:

              Umm…I admit that is a very good point. I thought Portugal was starting find the game and then here comes that wild and crazy guy!!! Pepe! You’re probably 99% right but it was a little quiet in here. I live in part of the country where Baseball overtakes the world cup and NBA finals…

  30. Dr.K says:

    The referee looks biased against Costa Rica. The big name guys seem to have sway over the officiating

    • MidWest Ref says:

      CONCACAF will always be running uphill in a world cup game against a traditional power.

      Heck the Deuce can take a boot to the schnozzel against Ghana that results in a no call; we have to expect Costa Rica to play against 12 in a game with Italy.

  31. jefpal says:

    The Ticos look great this World Cup, but what their future holds is unclear. Junior Diaz and Bolanos are 30, Ruiz is 28. Campbell will be terrorizing defenses for a long time, but who will step up as the supporting cast? This WC may be their best shot for a while.

    I’m not convinced after less than half of the group stage games are played, that the U.S. will be third-best going forward in CONCACAF. It may pan out that way, but the recent past doesn’t bear it out.

  32. Brew says:

    Having hard time telling but it appears like a lot of empty seats at this game? I’ve seen a number of games and this appears the least attended I’ve seen.

  33. beachbum says:

    ha! what foul? the ref was blinded, saw the result and gave that free kick to Italy from 30 yards out. Fortunately Pirlo’s strike was punched away. dangerous

    • Increase says:

      Ya, I know.. there wasn’t anything at all. Bad call good save.

      • Mr_A says:

        The Ticos are playing against the ref, too. They’re being exceptionally clean, for the most part, and still losing some calls.

  34. Increase says:

    Not really a foul on Cassano there… Honestly Cassano did more to earn a foul against him.

  35. JayAre says:

    There no excuse if Italy lose. Costa Rica shocked Uruguay, The Italians saw it coming and still got it.

  36. Tom_in_So_IL says:

    I hope Switzerland wins. Honduras better score a freakin goal.

  37. Tom_in_So_IL says:

    These European teams are soft. Concaf teams play defense and have really good goalkeepers.

  38. beachbum says:

    they’re close to springing Campbell…….

  39. beachbum says:

    Campbell off, looks totally gassed

  40. away goals says:

    Can we just go one game without anointing a team the best or worst in it’s region? Remember when mexico won the olympics and became the best? And then hit qualifying and were suddenly the worst? And then drew brazil and are the best again, at least until costa rica win this game?

    Oh and all these other teams have somehow made the usmnt poor again, not just now, but for the foreseeable future.

    • Nate Dollars says:

      also, remember that we beat spain in 2009, and became THE BEST IN THE WORLD (until the next game, and then we sucked again)

      • away goals says:

        Kinda cool though that “good enough for CONCACAF” has suddenly become the highest compliment you can pay a player.

        • away goals says:

          “Sure pirlo looks good against UEFA minnows, but how would he do in CONCACAF?”

    • bryan says:

      hahahaha so true. could say the same about our players. i can’t even count the number of times Jones was the worst player in the US pool and then the best and then the worst and then the best again.

  41. Fast Eddie says:

    Watching this game convinces me even more. We will see a totally different US team on Sunday no more having a target forward, or two.

    It is false 9 any Julian time!

    • slowleftarm says:

      Nope and nope.

      • Fast Eddie says:

        So,you would rather lose playing bad football with bad players. OK, I understand

        • chris says:

          I can’t take you seriously

          • Fast Eddie says:

            Please don’t. I would feel bad if you did.

            But you won’t see me giving up and start posting those stupid line-ups and …………..

            • chris says:

              Good one. Reeducate yourself on the basic mechanics of playing with a false nine. But I’m sure JK has been spending precious training time practicing playing a false nine with Green all while trotting out a 4-4-2 and 4-3-2-1 for the warm up games. That makes perfect sense.

              Its funny because I know you’ll be conveniently m.i.a when a false nine doesn’t happen. I just hope you don’t have to change your name again

              • Fast Eddie says:

                OK Chris. Maybe it won’t be a pure 9 but it will be unlike anything you have see them play in the friendlies or against Ghana.

      • Nate Dollars says:

        pretty sure a lot of commenters think that ‘false 9′ means you get to have an extra player on the field.

    • Jack says:

      It convinces me Aron isn’t playing. Just see the effect of the conditions.

  42. Tom_in_So_IL says:

    Diaz! Somebody show Beasley a clip of that is how you stop crosses.(I love Beaz tho)

  43. Increase says:

    Ohhh, that’s bonus time wasted on a sub. Sub out the captain and he HAS to give away the arm band. Give it to the keeper and its like a minute walk back to him

    Genius.

  44. Nate Dollars says:

    holy crap is italy really going to lose this game? didn’t actually believe it til now.

  45. Mr_A says:

    Let’s see the extra time, and see how biased the ref is for Italia.

  46. Mr_A says:

    Last minute corner: how many italians can fall down screaming for a penalty? Here’s the test!

    • Mr_A says:

      wow… just one. But the ref is Italian for missing another penalty on the other end…

  47. beachbum says:

    oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  48. QuakerOtis says:

    Whistle! CR WINS!!! Cool! CONCACAF Crow is f***ing delicious.

  49. Shawn says:

    awesome costa rica! now we have to match them

  50. Ted Tran says:

    WOW Ticos on to the next round from the GROUP of Death.

    #GOATTICOS

    • Nate Dollars says:

      wha– but i thought *we* were in the group of death! i mean, that’s an official thing that people fight over, right? why you little–

      • Sharkbait says:

        We’re in the Group of Death. Costa Rica is in the Group of Champions. TOTALLY different. Pretty sure those are official FIFA group names too.

  51. beachbum says:

    man I’m loving this :)

    • usaalltheway says:

      +1

      This has to be one of the greatest Cups in the history of the game, right?

      So much scoring, so many huge upsets, so many unmet exceptions along with so many underdogs coming up huge.

      I am loving it all!!

      • slowleftarm says:

        This happens in every world cup, guess this is your first. Scoring is up but that’s the only valid thing you’ve said.

        • usaalltheway says:

          You and Nate Dollars are totally in love with me! Seriously, why the intense, undying need to harass and attack me?

          This isn’t my first World Cup. I would like it if you would please leave me alone. Stop being a bully and nasty. I don’t have to put up with it on any level.

          • Nate Dollars says:

            i don’t harass or attack you. there are a couple things you do that frustrate me (your overreactions, and your condescension to people who disagree), but i agree with you far more often than not, and i certainly haven’t ever treated you disrepectfully.

            i think you may be taking disagreements personally. that’s crazy, especially on the internet.

        • Fast Eddie says:

          So oh wise one. This is hot the first time in history that tha holders were eliminated after the 2nd group game? It has happened before?

      • beachbum says:

        I’m loving the Costa Rica win, that’s what I meant specifically

        fun World Cup too

      • Adi in Oregon says:

        +10

        I agree with you! I have followed many WC events and this one is having some of the most upsets with some games ending with high scores. I hope the US pulls off another upset on Sunday (& also against Deutschland) with or without many goals!!!

  52. bryan says:

    congrats to CR! but Campbell can still F off.

  53. Andy in Atlanta says:

    MF ing CONCACAF biznatches

  54. Tom_in_So_IL says:

    I like Geiger’s chances in the next round. Bye bye Enrique _Osses.

  55. Mason says:

    Good night England.

  56. Umlaut says:

    PURA VIDA

  57. Stinky Pete says:

    So if heat is such a big issue, can you imagine how bad Qatar is going to be!

    • QuakerOtis says:

      We might send a youth team from Arizona.

    • Benjamin C. says:

      The humidity has concerned physios just as much as the temperatures. That won’t be present in Qatar.

      • slowleftarm says:

        Neither will the world cup. That thing is getting moved in short order. Hopefully here.

        • Benjamin C. says:

          I think the dream is that the U.S. and some of the more influential European nations simply say they will not even attempt to qualify for a Cup held in Qatar. You have the bribes, the fact Qatar has basically no soccer history, the repressive society, the horrors of the guest worker program being used to build infrastructure and stadiums . . . the list goes on and on, really.

      • bbstl says:

        Ummm, you’ve never been to Qatar, have you? Its humid as hell there.

        • Benjamin C. says:

          Thankfully, I haven’t. Guess I didn’t do my proper research. Thanks for the info.

  58. JayAre says:

    I remember talking to an English fan yesterday and he seemed so confident that England still had a chance he said “Costa Rica got lucky, Italy will dismantle them and we will beat Costa Rica”

    Maybe England’s horrible friendlies in Miami should have been a dead give away.

    • Mr_A says:

      Well, they’re just an island of cockeyed optimists. But in the end, it’s still: na-na-na-na, na-na-na-na, hey, he-ey … cheerio!

    • DB says:

      In fairness to England, Italy’s friendly performances were even worse.

    • Jack says:

      Thierry Henry on BBC, They were talking about how England just isn’t producing the quality of players or “World Class players” then he comes back with “sure but you guys didn’t know a single player on this Costa Rica team, you have to play as a team”

      • Ted Tran says:

        HA! Nice.

      • slowleftarm says:

        Yeah but England, right or wrongly, expects to be winning world cup or at least challenging for them. And you do need world class players to do that. They should do far better considering England is a rich country with a decent size population that is obsessed with the game. England has made the knockout stages at the previous four world cups so I don’t think they need to emulate Costa Rica.

    • bryan says:

      English friend after i posted CONCACAF is underrated:

      “Lets be fair, it is still sh!t”

      /facepalm

      • JayAre says:

        Thats exactly whats wrong with the English set up, they think they are better than they are they all suffer from delusions of grendeur

  59. MidWest Ref says:

    I recall lots of comments about how CONCACAF didn’t deserve 3 or 4 teams in the WC. Good start by Costa Rica, as the first qualifier out of a tough group. Lets hope the US plays well in the humidor against a Portugal team weakened by injury and stupid cards. Mexico has a tough final to get out of group. And hopefully the Honduras team from their home qualfiers shows up for their 2nd and 3rd games.

    • Mr_A says:

      Yeah, but the backstory on Honduras is that they foul too much and too often, so I don’t see them switching to finesse by next game. And I think Ecuador has them outclassed, but that’s why they play the games. We’ll find out.

    • jefpal says:

      What’s more, Costa Rica has a good shot to advance to the quarters. They will face either Ivory Coast, Japan or Greece in the next round.

  60. El Comandante says:

    If USMNT plays like Costa Rica today, we advance. If we don’t, then we play Germany. This is another lesson for USMNT on how to play and become a factor at the world stage. Good job Costa Rica, the first from CONCACAF to advance. Vamos Mejico. Let’s go USA.

    • beachbum says:

      USMNT has bee a factor on world stage before, led our region forward the last decade, what are you talking about?

      • El Comandante says:

        Let’s go USA. Maintain possession and dominate midfield like Costa Rica today. We can be like our CONCACAF neighbors.

      • Nate Dollars says:

        don’t mind him, he’s another newly-arrived troII. i think sbi had the same thing happen last world cup.

        • beachbum says:

          peace ;)

        • El Comandante says:

          So, this site is for the group of your cronies? Ignore me if you want, but you can not ignore the truth. USMNT must learn from our neighbor teams that have represented CONCACAF so positively during this WC if “we” are to advance. Does it really hurt you that Costa Rica has dominated 7th and 9th in FIFA rankings to advance to next round?

          • Joey Chestnut says:

            El Comandate = Goal.com troll

          • usaalltheway says:

            Nate Dollars has anointed himself the “cop-on-the-beat” and is labeling everything in sight that doesn’t please him a “troll”.

            This is normal banter on the Internet. Ignore it man.

            He has his ego wrapped up in the USMNT and can’t see how immature and unhealthy it is. Let him wallow in that hell.

            For those of us in reality still, who support the team but recognize it’s faults, we can have a back-and-forth AND enjoy the game at the same time. Sans all the BS and negativity.

            He and many others are bullies. That move in groups and are live sad, unhappy, miserable little lives and look to drag those around them in the mud.

            • Nate Dollars says:

              i don’t make personal comments about you, usaalltheway. who’s the obsessed one here?

          • Sharkbait says:

            You’re getting ahead of yourself for starters. Also Portugal is ranked 4th so I’m not really sure why you’d bother bringing the horrible FIFA rankings up. Your posts might make sense if we’d just lost badly to Portugal but seeing as that hasn’t happened you pretty much just sound like a troll.

      • Fast Eddie says:

        When has the US ever been a “factor on the world stage”?

        • Dempsey's face mask says:

          2009

        • usaalltheway says:

          Great question.

          Apart from an amazing, and in some ways lucky, 2002 run and being Spain in 2009, what exactly has the US ever done? Copa America? Okay, that wasn’t bad either.

          Why not just enjoy the game and also be a peace with the reality?

          • El Comandante says:

            Mexico has two (2) Runner-up and three (3) Third place finishes in Copa America, versus one (1) Third place USM finish in the 90′s.

    • usaalltheway says:

      I agree El Comandate.

      The US looked flat and inexcusably bad for most of their match against Ghana.

      Hopefully JK proves to be a decent coach and change tactics to get the win against what is shaping up to be a completely deleted and demoralized team.

      I bet they steal the win but I also predict another horrible showing. It’s amazing how dependent they are on Bradley, Altidore and Howard.

      • Joey Chestnut says:

        So JK should change his tactics because they don’t please your eyes? How bout he just use tactics that win games.

    • slowleftarm says:

      These trolls are all the same guy. Same predictable trolling style – pretend to be a USMNT fan who can’t believe how amazing Mexico and CR are playing.

      • American Outlaw says:

        Don’t worry, we all recognize it. Just hoping Ives takes note and blocks the trolls soon. Don’t want another Goal.com

      • El Comandante says:

        Although I have similar point of view with some true USMNT fans on this site, I am only El Comandante.

        usalltheway is right, you need to grow out of the Gold Cup mentality.

  61. Fast Eddie says:

    OH NOES, this means The Three Lions are out!

  62. beachbum says:

    ARs get a tip of the cap. Costa Rica did not get hosed on missed offsides calls, could have the way they play but the ARs stepped up, made the calls

    great defensive display again from Costa Rica, that’s just what they do!

  63. Dr.K says:

    Maybe Brendan Rodgers as Englands next coach. This guy has to go

  64. Benjamin C. says:

    The Men in Blazers Boot Room recap tonight should be pretty good. CONCACAF rolling, England out, a revived Suarez v. Italy in a do or die game . . . what a World Cup.

  65. Dr.K says:

    If Italy plays Pirlo against Urugay, bet against Italy. The game has passed him buy. The commentators know bupkis

  66. El Comandante says:

    Every soccer game has a turning point. In this one it was the second miss by Tacobelli.

  67. Jack says:

    This comparison of what this means for the US is getting annoying. All this means is Costa Rica is a good side. Something alot of US fans have thought for awhile.

    • Sharkbait says:

      Exactly, thank you. Regardless of how good the teams Mexico, Costa Rica, and the US are playing the fact is they’re all different teams. All the Mexican fans keep crowing about Ghana giving us such a hard time but given the style that the play I honestly think Ghana would take it to Mexico. To me Ghana is a vastly superior version of Jamaica and didn’t Jamaica give Mexico (and us, haha) fits last year?

      • American Outlaw says:

        Dude Mexican fans are still butthurt and know they are only at the World Cup because of help from the U.S. (Graham Zusi)

      • Mason says:

        JAM tied Mex 0-0 in Azteca and lost by a goal in Kingston.

    • slowleftarm says:

      These are just trolls. There’ll be plenty of time to evaluate every team at the world cup after it’s over. At this point, I’m just excited for Sunday and hoping the US can get a result and ultimately move on. Couldn’t care less either how they get that result. If Portugal dominates twice as much as Ghana did and we win, I’d gladly sign up for that.

    • Nate Dollars says:

      if only these concacaf countries ever played each other, then we could really see who is the better team. i guess we’ll never know.

  68. QuakerOtis says:

    So… who cares as little about France v Switzerland as I do?

    • Mr_A says:

      Not me! I care at least a little bit more than you, because my wife is Ecuadoran. So I guess it’s better if France wins, so they will rest the best against Ecuador, but either way Ecuador will have to beat them. If each team plays as well as their first games, France ought to win. Unfortunately their European flair might produce a 0-0 snoozer, but France looked better than that last time.

      Hoping for a good game… you never know ’til you watch!

  69. Mr_A says:

    Well, that was quick! France lookin’ hungry for goals! Nice!

  70. Citronomics says:

    Hey Seattle SBI peops, props 2 Cafe Presse for an awesome WC atmosphere. So cool to be a part of the FRA v. SUI crowd and passion here.

    France looking fluid and deadly on the break.

  71. DB says:

    France hasn’t played the best sides, but man, do they look dangerous offensively….up 3-0 and that’s with a missed PK and butchered follow-up on an open goal…lol

    • Citronomics says:

      When France has been on the break in the 1H, the pace and precision of their movement has been lethal. Really fun to watch them today.

  72. Andy in Atlanta says:

    This result is giving Honduras an open door, another goal for France would be huge for the Catrachos…they can certainly beat Ecuador….then a draw vs the Swiss would carry them through…

  73. Luke says:

    Even despite Switzerland getting destroyed and showing how laughable FIFA’s seeding system is, they could still advance from one of the weakest groups.

    • William the Terror says:

      Yep. This group was a gift to France. The Swiss had no business being seeded. Honduras played with ten men and kept it closer than this.

    • Andy in Atlanta says:

      the late goals for the Swiss were actually huge for their goal difference…

      They know sit @ -2
      Honduras is @ -3
      Ecuador is -1

      Ecuador will likely lose to France…

      If Honduras were to beat Ecuador tonight by only 1 goal (and not something crazy like 5-4)… The Swiss could draw Honduras and advance on even goal difference but more goals scored…

      If Honduras wants to advance they need to win by 2 or more goals tonight then draw… (or of course just win both remaining matches)

  74. DB says:

    *Resisting making Swiss cheese comment about this defense*

  75. chuck says:

    So, there’s your group seed, huh.

  76. Mason says:

    There’s a Maginot line joke to be made about the Swiss goal, but I don’t have it.

  77. DB says:

    Consolation free kick goal for Switzerland.

    I’m pretty sure that one set the record for most skips on the ground by a free kick that still found the back of the net…lol.

  78. DB says:

    Turns out the French didn’t want a ‘huge’ goal differential advantage.

  79. comowhat says:

    OK, This is actually my first time posting here. I’ve been reading this site for a while because even though it’s a site for fans of the “enemy”, there are a lot of objective futbol fans here, that clearly love the game and appreciate good play no matter who it’s from. But I just wanted to come out and say that commandante and usaalltheway are doing a huge disservice to us Mex fans that aren’t complete douches. I think it might actually be the same person, but that’s beyond the point.

    Anyways, that will be the first and last time I feed the trolls.

    On a separate note: Go CONCACAF! We are rocking this world cup. (minus Honduras)

    • Jack says:

      Exactly, we can debate who the best in Concacaf is some other time. What’s important right now is the region does well, so that being the best in Concacaf actually means something.

    • Nate Dollars says:

      +1

  80. jefpal says:

    All this positivity, slick midfield play and scoring appears to indicate Spain’s influence on the style of play in this World Cup, especially among the UEFA and CONCACAF sides. Ironic that they themselves have bowed out so early.

    • Tom_in_So_IL says:

      Was just talking about this a the watch party I’m at now. It’s funny how everybody sorta catches up whether its soccer, art, or businesses.

  81. El Comandante says:

    I will be rooting for our comrades Los Castrachos for the next game, so that our boys in the USMNT can have one more inspiration from CONCACAF teams to destroy Portugal. By destroy, I mean just win; that’s all we need. Go USA.

  82. El Comandante says:

    Guys why do you think I’m a troll? Just because I support all the teams in CONCACAF? Costa Rica has made our region look great and Ochoa helped Mexico hold on in the face of a relentless attack. The US owned CONCACAF in qualifying, let me see their true colors! Let go USA!!

    • usaalltheway says:

      I agree with El Comandante. The only reason Mexico is even at the World Cup is because of help from the U.S. Let’s see the U.S.A. from the qualifiers!!!

      • usaalltheway says:

        I didn’t write this.

        I guess I see why everyone is getting so angry…

      • El Comandante says:

        I know that wasn’t you usaalltheway. However, the statement must be corrected. The reason that Mexico is in the WC is because they placed 4thin CONCACAF with more points than Panama and then defeated in home and away games the best Oceania team handily. The reason that Panama is not in the place of Mexico is because when it mattered they failed to beat Mexico and tie the USMNT. I am proud of our athletes in the USMNT.

    • El Comandante says:

      I did not write this. That wasn’t me, I am the real El Comandante, USMNT fan.

      • Gary says:

        Funny you and usaalltheway post the same comment seconds apart. hmmm, very interesting!!

  83. Golazo says:

    Different tactics for different games folks. We could obviously dominate possession and the flow of the game with CONCACAF teams but when you are in the Group Of Death at the World Cup your tactics change to give you the best chance of winning. If you’re going to be a top class team you need to be able to recongize this.

    • El Comandante says:

      Mexico always bring it, no matter what!

      • Golazo says:

        I wouldn’t call launching shots from outside the box “bringing it.” I call that desperation, they tried that junk against the U.S. and got smoked 2-0 (Should have been 3-0)

        • El Comandante says:

          Dude, even in that game Mexico dominated possession. The U.S. need to be more dominant in possession to be able to control the game. You can’t just sit back and hope to counterattack. That might work for one or two games but not long term.

          • bryan says:

            uhhhhh, nah:

            USA 51.4% Possession 48.6% Mexico

            cite: Opta

            but sure, they dominated possession! ;)

            • El Comandante says:

              That wasn’t me, I am the real El Comandante, USMNT fan. I never said Mexico dominated possession. But, the statement confirms what I said, 48.6 against Brazil, I never seen that from USMNT even in Confed 2009, the closest we ever came to beating five world champion Brail. We, USMNT, must improve in that category.

          • bryan says:

            Italy won multiple World Cup with that counter attacking style. it’s referred to as Catenaccio.

          • J says:

            Mourinho wants a word with you El Comemdante

          • Just win baby says:

            Nice counterattacking goal by Honduras!

      • El Comandante says:

        That wasn’t me, I am the real El Comandante, USMNT fan.

        • Gary says:

          Funny you and usaalltheway post the same comment seconds apart. hmmm, very interesting!

  84. bryan says:

    Honduras with a cheap foul within 4 seconds.

  85. JayAre says:

    MLS reject with the goal.

  86. Gary says:

    Honduras have cut their teeth against the likes of the U.S. They are battle hardened.

  87. El Comandante says:

    Some moron here is usurping my name and posting nonsense in my name. Is there an administrator here?

    • usaalltheway says:

      Yeah man, how are we gonna troll all these U.S. fans all day. It’s so boring on Goal.com because literally everyone is a troll there.

  88. Sam says:

    Wow, Honduras should have had a penalty. Costly mugged in the box

  89. Tom_in_So_IL says:

    Costly got mugged or hugged with unloving intent..

  90. Tom_in_So_IL says:

    Chavez cmon tie it up.

  91. Tom_in_So_IL says:

    Good Ball by Benningstn.

  92. El Comandante says:

    Honduras a very disorganized team. Their coach is to blame. USMNT, do not play like that. Also, nearly everything Alexis Lalas is diarrhea.

  93. El Comandante says:

    My last post. Anything after the time of this post is not me.