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 Posted by Matt Levin
2 days ago

Bitter end as Pinto exits Costa Rica

ESPN FC's Craig Burley and Alejandro Moreno react to the news that Jorge Luis Pinto has stepped down as the Costa Rican manager. Moreno and Burley indicate they are not surprised with the decision, and instead see it as a negotiating chip.

His departure was expected. Jorge Luis Pinto's name had been linked to other jobs. When Costa Rica fans thanked the coach and asked him to stay, Pinto always sounded appreciative and frequently teared up. But he never made any promises, saying at the team's homecoming parade: "I'll always carry this...

Jul 14, 2014

Best XI of the World Cup

The ESPN FC World Cup Encore crew give their picks for Team of the Tournament.

Our 2014 World Cup team would take some beating.

This year's World Cup has seen the rise of the 3-5-2 formation, so it's only fair that our Best XI from the tournament lines up in the same way. Here are the 11 players who did more than any others to impress this summer.

GK: Keylor Navas (Costa Rica)

In a tournament rich in goalkeeping skills, it ...

Jeff Carls Posted by Jeff Carlisle
Jul 10, 2014

CONCACAF wants more World Cup spots

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop speaks on why the CONCACAF should be proud of their showing in Brazil.

RIO DE JANEIRO -- CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb is walking a bit taller these days.

A confederation often mocked as one of the world's weakest placed three teams in the knockout stages of World Cup for the first time.

Costa Rica reached the quarterfinals for the first time in its history, and was ...

 Posted by Matt Levin
Jul 6, 2014

Assessment: Costa Rican roller coaster

Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas is thankful and privileged for the opportunity to represent his country on the world's biggest stage.

Costa Rica exited the World Cup after upsetting the odds to make it to the quarterfinals, where the Netherlands ended their remarkable journey. ESPN FC blogger Matt Levin gives his verdict on the brighter points of the campaign as well as what went wrong.

One sentence: World Cup recap

Nobody gave Co...

 Posted by Doug McIntyre
Jul 5, 2014

Ticos bow out with heads held high

The ESPN FC World Cup Tonight panel praises Costa Rica for their tenacity and credits the Netherlands for their high level of play.

SALVADOR, Brazil -- Their dream of a berth in the World Cup semifinals came to an abrupt end on the cruel roulette wheel of penalty kicks. But believe it or not, the overriding emotion for Costa Rican coach Jorge Luis Pinto and his unbeatable team is not sadness. It's not pride, either -- though the...

 Posted by Matt Levin
Jul 5, 2014

Ticos courageous in defeat

Man of the match Keylor Navas is impressed by Louis van Gaal's trust in Tim Krul.

For 120 minutes, Costa Rica did everything they could to stay in the match. It was ugly at times. It was uneventful during long stretches. But to hold off one of the most talented squads in the world, the defensive-minded Ticos did exactly what was necessary to give themselves a chance to pull off o...