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July 18, 2013 | Associated Press
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - Brek Shea scored his first international goal off a feed from Landon Donovan in the 82nd minute last night to give the United States a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica and the top spot in its Gold Cup group. Seconds after Sean Johnson made a brilliant save off a corner kick, Joe Corona cleared the ball, setting up the winning sequence. The veteran Donovan, trying to work his way back into a starring role on the national team after a self-imposed hiatus, took the ball on the right side.
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February 22, 2012 | BY KERITH GABRIEL, gabrielk@phillynews.com
Union boss Peter Nowak used words like "imagination," and "creativity" in describing the type of mindset he'd like his club to exude this season. The team held a training session Wednesday at YSC Sports in Wayne in preparation for a 10-day training stint in Costa Rica. With three matches scheduled on turf every three days against a pair of clubs in Costa Rica's first division in addition to its under-20 national team, Nowak wants this phase of preseason coincides with his players knowing exactly what to do in "pressure situations.
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February 24, 2013 | By Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press
LIBERIA, Costa Rica - On a recent Friday morning at a gleaming new international airport in Costa Rica, hundreds of tourists from New York and Minnesota emerged blinking onto the sun-blasted tarmac. At the other end of the runway, eight Americans zipped into tan flight suits aboard a huge white surveillance plane. As four propellers roared, the P3 Orion flew out above the tourists and over the hotels and beach clubs of the Pacific coast, its bulbous radar dish scanning for speedboats loaded with U.S.-bound cocaine.
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December 7, 2011 | DAILY NEWS STAFF
The Union has signed Josue Martinez from Club Deportivo Saprissa. The forward will be available upon receipt of his P-1Visa and International Transfer Certificate. Terms were not disclosed. Raised within Saprissa's youth system, Martinez made an immediate impact by scoring his first goal during his professional debut against Puntaneras F.C. in November 2009. He has 18 goals in 43 appearances with the Monstruo Morado. In 2010, Martinez and Deportivo Saprissa conquered the Costa Rican First Division Clausura title after the young forward opened the scoring against AsociaciĆ³n Deportiva San Carlos.
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June 20, 1987
Into the low-intensity warfare that has passed for U.S. policy in Central America, Costa Rica's President Oscar Arias shot a ray of light a few months ago. He floated a plan that called for "outsiders" (read: the United States and Soviet Union) to stop fueling the region's wars, a cease-fire in Nicaragua and El Salvador, and a mechanism to supervise elections that would give rebels on both sides of the fence a crack at power that didn't flow from the barrel of a gun. No one said it would be easy.
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June 12, 1990 | By Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
Two alleged high-living scam artists, accused of bleeding $2 million from a Bucks County school district and then leaving the district business manager holding the bag, were kicked out of Costa Rica yesterday and shipped to Miami, where the FBI nabbed them, authorities say. Fugitives Marc Suckman, 36, and his wife, Teresa, 33, were ratted out by a tipster who saw their pictures in last week's U.S. News & World Report, authorities said. Costa Rican authorities put the couple on a jet to Miami, where they were jailed pending a hearing to ship them back to Philadelphia for a trial on federal fraud charges.
TRAVEL
October 9, 2011 | By Brian Wright O'Connor, For The Inquirer
MANUEL ANTONIO, Costa Rica - The afternoon rains long gone, the beach crowd at Playa Espadilla sits back to watch the liquid golds and purples of the Pacific sunset spread across the sky. Surfers catch the last curls of the day breaking toward the crescent-shaped cove. The snowbirds who flock to this resort along Costa Rica's central Pacific coast won't be here for months. There's plenty of room - and plenty of bargains - in local hotels, inns, and restaurants for travelers who don't mind dodging a shower or two during the region's May-to-December rainy season.
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May 1, 1989 | The Inquirer Staff
Midfielder Tab Ramos scored in the 72d minute to give the United States a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica in a World Cup qualifying game yesterday in Fenton, Mo. Ramos scored into the right corner of the net on a 23-yard shot off a feed from Bruce Murray, who headed the ball from the top of the penalty box. John Stollmeyer set up the play when he kicked the ball in from near midfield. U.S. goalkeeper David Vanole saved the victory when he stopped a penalty kick by Mauricio Montero with about two minutes remaining.
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August 25, 1996 | By Donald D. Groff, FOR THE INQUIRER
Costa Rica, one of Central America's travel hot spots for much of the 1990s, has hit a tourist slump. Recent figures from Juan Santamaria International Airport show a decline in arrivals of 2.2 percent during the first five months of the year over the same period last year. That seems modest enough, until the figure is contrasted with the 17.24 percent growth in tourist landings that was the average from 1990 to 1994. In 1995, arrivals grew by just 2.9 percent. It's the first time since the mid-1980s that tourist arrivals have dropped, according to the Tico Times newspaper.
TRAVEL
May 15, 2011 | By William Ecenbarger, For The Inquirer
ARENAL VOLCANO, Costa Rica - I'm sitting in the middle of a rain forest, mesmerized by the sight of a volcano erupting. It begins with a rumble, like thunder. A thin column of ash spews from the tip of the cone. Lava and freshly baked boulders slide down the steep slopes. My wife and I marvel at the spectacle - and at the fact that just 11 hours earlier, we were eating breakfast in Hershey, Pa. Costa Rica, between the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea and slightly smaller than West Virginia, was the perfect fit - a five-hour plane ride to a vibrant land of beaches, jungles, friendly people, volcanoes, and flora and fauna so numerous that thousands of species have yet to be named.
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October 29, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
THIS IS THE GAME that really matters. While the United States undoubtedly wants to win the CONCACAF women's championship tournament that concludes this weekend at PPL Park, its primary goal in this competition is to earn a berth into the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup next summer in Canada. To guarantee that, all Team USA must do is beat archrival Mexico in tonight's semifinal and advance to Sunday's championship match. Trinidad & Tobago will attempt to make history as the first Caribbean nation to qualify for a Women's World Cup when it plays Costa Rica today.
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October 29, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
AS IT TURNED out, Jill Ellis didn't need to answer why, in the biggest game of her short tenure as U.S. women's national team coach, she chose to make the greatest goal-scorer in USA history a healthy scratch from the starting lineup last night against Mexico in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Championship. With Abby Wambach and her world-record 173 international goals sitting on the bench for 61 minutes, the United States got two early goals from Delran native Carli Lloyd and a second-half goal from Christen Press on its way to a comfortable 3-0 victory at PPL Park.
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October 29, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
The shark doesn't give the minnow a bite of the chum - especially when it is hunting in its own waters. On one level, there wasn't a lot for the United States to gain from last night's CONCACAF Women's Championship game at PPL Park. Both the USA and Costa Rica had already sewn up bids in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup next summer in Canada by winning semifinal games Friday. So in essence, the big prizes coming out of the CONCACAF Tournament already were awarded. Mexico got the third automatic World Cup bid by defeating Trinidad & Tobago in the third-place game.
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October 28, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
That'll teach U.S. women's national team coach Jill Ellis to start a game with Abby Wambach on the bench. The 34-year-old forward and all-time leading goal scorer in international play was not in the starting lineup for Friday's CONCACAF soccer semifinal. Instead she came on as a substitute, replacing Sydney Leroux in the 62d minute. But Wambach returned to the starting 11 in Sunday's CONCACAF final, and her impact was felt immediately as the veteran netted four goals en route to a 6-0 win over Costa Rica.
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June 20, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
THE WORLD CUP is heading into its second weekend, and the second game in the group stage. Here are five players to watch in the matches from today through Sunday that even the casual fan will recognize, and the once-every-4-year fan will learn to love to watch. Didier Drogba During Ivory Coast's first match of the World Cup, it was down 1-0 to Japan. Drogba started on the bench, but came in over an hour into the match and instantly changed the flow of the game. His team scored two goals in less than 10 minutes, giving it a 2-1 victory.
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June 8, 2014 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
Robbie Keane waited at the penalty spot, the Irish star hearing the full throttle of the Costa Rican fans that packed PPL Park on Friday night. His country's all-time leading scorer, Keane had returned after a four-game absence for a moment such as this, a penalty in the latter stages of a tied game. Keane stutter-stepped to the ball, and goalkeeper Patrick Pemberton dove to his right and knocked his try away harmlessly. Ireland and Costa Rica settled for a 1-1 draw in a spirited friendly that saw a red card, two penalties, and the return of the Irish main attraction to international play.
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April 7, 2014 | By Art Carey, For The Inquirer
When Crawford Hill was a biology teacher at Episcopal Academy, his core pedagogical principle was to "give pause" - to encourage students to stop, look, pay attention, "to see things through a new lens about themselves and the world around them. " In 1999, Hill led a dozen students on a two-week trip to Costa Rica. It was, he says, "a life-changing experience for them and for me. " The Costa Rica trip became a yearly ritual for Hill and students. In 2010, after 35 years, Hill, 62, retired from the classroom, though he is still very much a teacher.
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January 6, 2014 | By Keith Costigan, For The Inquirer
We sat on our surfboards and let the warm Pacific swell lift us and set us down in turns, waiting for the wave that would carry us to shore. Looking east, we squinted into the low morning light of a tropical sun and saw hot, white sand, steaming rain forest, and distant mountains all under a crystalline blue sky. For my wife, Amy, and me, it was the long-planned trip of a lifetime, repeatedly postponed because surfing the high season in Costa Rica...
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September 6, 2013 | JOHN SMALLWOOD
I WON'T dramatize the importance of this match to the overall goal of the United States to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. A draw tonight in Costa Rica would just about punch the USA's ticket to South America next summer. Considering the United States tops the table with 13 points in the CONCACAF hexagon, even a loss at the Estadion Nacional in San Jose, Costa Rica, where it has never won, would not be devastating as long as the Americans take care of future business.
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August 13, 2013 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
Amid the thousands of obscure tropical specimens piled in a University of Pennsylvania office - silvery moths, wasps the size of a speck of dirt, butterflies with more patterns than a fabric store - a lean, bearded fellow marches on a treadmill. Daniel H. Janzen and his wife, Winnie Hallwachs, brought the insects here from Costa Rica. He strides on the treadmill while working at an elevated desk - logging nearly 20 miles on a good day so he can stay in shape to go back for more insects.
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