EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — A poor decision by the referee in the 120th minute ended Costa Rica’s run at the Gold Cup.
Roy Miller was called for the “foul” after “pushing” Oribe Peralta with just seconds remaining in the match, and Andres Guardado converted the ensuing penalty to lead El Tri through and eliminate Costa Rica.
After the penalty was awarded, Costa Rican players swarmed the referee and his assistant, furious with the call that replays showed was suspect to say the least. Wanchope’s side had held on for two hours and looked to shock Mexico in the penalty shootout, but they were never awarded that opportunity.
In the post game press conference, Wanchope eluded to the penalty call, but refused to blame the loss on that call alone.
I was worried with the background of the referee. Things in football are like this; he is human. He saw something in the area and that’s why he called the penalty.
Today we played to the limit and we competed intensely. I am not creating any speculation; I am hurt and I think the players are hurt. But we are not making excuses, we are out and now we will go into the future.
Wanchope served as interim manager before being named official manager in January. With a disappointing showing in his first major tournament in charge, Wanchope said he was not worried about the possibility of being sacked.
With their Gold Cup run now over, the next big matches for Costa Rica will come in November when World Cup qualifiers begin. Wanchope said this loss tonight will help his team learn and develop, and that this tournament was just a stepping stone for Russia 2018.
The XI is set in a 3-4-3, with the New York Red Bulls, DC United, and Atlanta United leading the way with a pair of players each.
My predictions? Well, I only got six correct. Whoops. The only absence that really surprises me is Graham Zusi, and Sporting KC not having representation at all. I guess that explains why SKC manager Peter Vermes is going to be announced as the next USMNT– Wait, what’s that? Oh. I’ll stop talking.
2018 MLS Best XI
Goalkeeper: Zack Steffen (Columbus)
Defenders: Kemar Lawrence (RBNY), Aaron Long (RBNY), Chad Marshall (Seattle)
Midfielders: Miguel Almiron (Atlanta), Luciano Acosta (DC), Ignacio Piatti (Montreal), Carlos Vela (LAFC)
Serie A lags behind other top European league in TV money, which has hindered its ability to recruit top end talent relative to its competitors.
Ricci says if American sports see value in bringing their top leagues to Europe, it holds that the reverse would be true. From the BBC:
“If we look at some other more developed leagues in terms of commercial strategy; the NBA and NFL, they are exporting one or two of their matches abroad, to the UK or elsewhere in Europe. I think it is a good strategy. It is a way to export something that is not an exhibition.”
Would a regular season match bring any more eyes or attention than the International Champions Cup, at least enough to offset the sacrifice of atmosphere? It seems doubtful, but the money is the key here. Italy wants to catch up with Spain, Germany, and England.
Sticking with the orange and blue color combination which has served them since inception, the shield has FC in the top left corner, Cincinnati running diagonally left-to-right in blue script on white, and a winged lion holding a sword as the primary icon.