Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Costa Rica Reflects on Concacaf Success
Reuters, July 7th, 2014 11:35AM
Subscribe to Section 2 Around the Net

TAGS:  costa rica, netherlands, world cup 2014


Costa Rica’s players reflected on how far Concacaf has come after bowing in the World Cup quarterfinals on penalties to the Netherlands on Saturday. Mexico and the USA also made it to the tournament’s second stage, bowing out in the round of 16, but the Ticos were the region’s only representative in the final eight. After beating the likes of Uruguay and Italy en route to the quarterfinals, Jorge Luis Pinto’s men were deservedly proud of their achievement.

“For the region it’s huge and for Costa Rica it has an impact economically, socially and sports-wise,” midfielder Celso Borges said. “We can grow on many levels. This will be one of the key moments in Costa Rica’s soccer history.” Asked if Concacaf teams had done enough to deserve a fourth automatic qualification spot, he said: “That is for other people to decide. But what Concacaf has shown during the tournament, let that be our way of judging. We had three teams in the last 16, we all played well and we all played our hearts out."

He added: “Every World Cup has a revelation during the tournament. I’m really happy it was us. The cards we were given before the World Cup, everybody thought we had no chance. To come through all that shows a lot of mental stability and that we also have good players. Among everything we deserve to be called good players. That’s why we should be happy.”

Read the original story...

No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Youth soccer fights back against 49ers    
Northern California youth soccer advocates, including Santa Clara Youth Soccer League President Tino Silva, have launched ...
Cal South TOPSoccer Program Turns 25    
"We're all soccer players, special needs or not," says Sandy Castillo, chair of the Cal South ...
How Neymar Played in Childhood     
Neyrmar: "I used to pick up the ball, set up the furniture and go around dribbling ...
Roma Partnering with U.S. Youth Clubs    
Italian Serie A club Roma, which has American ownership, aims to forge partnerships with seven U.S. ...
LVG: Falcao "Has to Prove Himself"    
Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal has responded to criticism over dropping Radamel Falcao by claiming ...
Report: Adidas to Assist Messi Move?    
According to Spanish sports daily AS, Lionel Messi's sponsor Adidas could be the key to the ...
Toure Admits Man City Future in Doubt     
Speaking ahead of the opening games of the African Nations' Cup in Equatorial Guinea this weekend, ...
Ronaldo Blasts 'Defensive' Atleti Tactics    
Cristiano Ronaldo blasted Atletico Madrid for its unattractive style after the Rojiblancos ousted Real Madrid from ...
Fabian Johnson's 'Spat' with 'Gladbach Coach Favre    
According to Bild, USA defender Fabian Johnson is in a "spat" with Borussia Monchengladbach coach Lucien ...
Serie A to Introduce Goal-Line Technology     
Serie A will introduce goal-line technology next season after the Italian soccer federation (FIGC) gave its ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives