New York Red Bulls left back Roy Miller (pictured) is the man of the moment down in Costa Rica, where his goal Friday for the Ticos was the winner over visiting Honduras in the National Stadium of San Jose.
Playing a “winnable” game at home and facing a tough trip into Mexico on Tuesday, this is one Costa Rica absolutely had to have.
The news wasn’t so great for Sierra Leone on Saturday. Sporting Kansas City’s Kei Kamara struck in the 39th minute for what looked like an big goal in African semifinal round qualifying. That gave the home team a 1-0 lead, which gradually evolved into a 2-1 lead late.
But it was absolute heartbreak for Kamara and his teammates when Tunisia’s Fakhreddine Ben Youssef equalized in the 90th minute in Freetown. Now, instead of being right on the Tunisians’ backside for that place in final round qualifying, Sierra Leone sits a distant second, five points behind the leaders with just two matches remaining.
Only the group winner (among a foursome of nations) goes through to final round qualifying later this year in Africa.