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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 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.
NEWS
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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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 Asociación Deportiva San Carlos.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
SPORTS
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.
NEWS
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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June 13, 2016 | By Erin McCarthy, STAFF WRITER
U.S. defender John Brooks sprinted across the pitch at Lincoln Financial Field, three Paraguay players alongside him, to tackle Miguel Almirón near the goal, divert the midfielder's shot and keep the South Americans off the scoreboard. It was only the 10th minute of play in Saturday night's 1-0 win over Paraguay, and Brooks was just getting started. While the experienced, 33-year-old American striker Clint Dempsey stole the attention with the night's lone goal in the 27th minute, many of the more than 51,000 spectators stood with rapt attention as Brooks, the 23-year-old defender, held off a feisty Paraguay team.
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June 12, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Jurgen Klinsmann insists the U.S. men's team won't be playing not to lose, even though barring a miracle, anything but a loss Saturday night will enable the team to advance to the Copa America quarterfinals. When the United States meets Paraguay at Lincoln Financial Field, the math to advance will be simple. The Americans (1-1) would earn a berth in the quarterfinals with a win and would be eliminated with a loss. A tie almost certainly would enable the United States to advance.
SPORTS
June 9, 2016 | By Jonathan Tannenwald, STAFF WRITER
CHICAGO - This, finally, was the awakening that U.S. national soccer team fans have been waiting for. With the pressure on the program at the highest level of Jurgen Klinsmann's tenure, the Americans rose to the moment with a resounding 4-0 win over Costa Rica on Tuesday night at Soldier Field. That pressure came not only from knowing that the game was a must-win if the United States was to have any hope of reaching the Copa America Centenario's knockout stages. It also was fueled by pregame remarks from U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati that implied Klinsmann's job might be on thin ice. Speaking to a group of reporters invited to U.S. Soccer's headquarters, Gulati made it clear that he has not been satisfied with Klinsmann's work in recent games of consequence.
SPORTS
June 8, 2016 | By Jonathan Tannenwald, STAFF WRITER
CHICAGO - Few national teams on the planet know the United States better than Costa Rica. From decades of World Cup qualifying slugfests to the many Ticos who've thrived in Major League Soccer, the ties between the two nations are close and long-standing. In this case, familiarity does not breed the same kind of contempt that fuels the Americans' rivalry with Mexico. But the U.S.-Costa Rica relationship isn't exactly cordial, either. Their matchups are often physical and rarely pretty - especially when the stakes are high.
SPORTS
June 6, 2016 | By Jonathan Tannenwald, STAFF WRITER
CHICAGO - Jurgen Klinsmann spent a lot of time after the United States' 2-0 loss to Colombia Friday in Santa Clara, Calif., emphasizing what he saw as the positives from the opening game of the Copa America Centenario. "The No. 3 team in the world, we can actually play with them," the U.S. coach said, referring to Colombia's place in FIFA's global rankings. "There was no difference besides the two goals. " Asked whether Colombia deserved the victory, Klinsmann offered a tart reply: "I leave that up to you. " Many observers would accept Klinsmann's invitation.
BUSINESS
April 25, 2016 | By Diane Mastrull, Staff Writer
This story of entrepreneurial intrepidity can, in part, be traced to a hemorrhoid-treatment procedure. Melissa Lee witnessed one as a high school student who had convinced a family physician to let her tag along to see what being a doctor would be like. She promptly decided it was not for her. Neither, she decided, was "cubicle life," after she spent the end of her senior year interning in the finance department at Bank of New York/Mellon, where her father works. Her calling to start a business instead came while Lee was a sophomore at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, where she helped form the Rutgers Entrepreneurial Society.
TRAVEL
March 7, 2016 | By Carol Ann Davidson, TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE
'There he is," said Juan Jose, pointing to the young sloth on a tree near the entrance to Nayara Springs. Not wanting to see a sloth is akin to not wanting to go zip-lining in Costa Rica. I had declined the vertiginous sport, but am thrilled to gaze upon that little guy hanging on to that tree for dear life. Juan Jose is one of the most enthusiastic staff members any hotel could have - a true naturalist at heart. As a matter of fact, heart has everything to do with this ultimate romantic boutique hotel, tucked away near the town of La Fortuna, steeped in the rain forest, and within sight of the one of the world's most active volcanos, Arenal.
SPORTS
February 21, 2016
ALEX MORGAN had three goals and the United States breezed past Trinidad & Tobago, 5-0, on Friday night in Houston to clinch a spot in the Summer Olympics in Brazil. After winning Group A at the 2016 CONCACAF qualifying championship with three wins in Frisco, Texas (scoring 16 goals and allowing none), the U.S. team clinched a berth in the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The USA is attempting to win its fourth consecutive CONCACAF championship and qualify for its sixth consecutive Olympic Games.
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July 27, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
CONCACAF is always a circus, and it's in town. Unless the image is somehow topped over the weekend, the enduring one of the 2015 Gold Cup will be a makeshift sign held up in Panama's lockerroom by its national team players after Wednesday's semifinal game. Certainly in the view of Panama's players - and much of the viewership all over the continent - that game in Atlanta had been snatched away from them in the final minutes with a couple of penalty kicks awarded to Mexico. The largest words on the sign: CONCACAF Ladrones . Translation: Thieves.
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