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Mar 23, 2013

Soccer-Klinsmann gets the right response from battling U.S.

DENVER, Colorado, March 23 (Reuters) – After a week surprisingly dominated by talk of rifts and lack of player confidence in coach Juergen Klinsmann, the United States gave a characteristically battling display to beat Costa Rica 1-0 in driving snow.

There was nothing to learn about Klinsmann’s tactics, about the nuances of team formation in Friday’s game which, in many other circumstances, may have been halted due to the snow-covered field.

Mar 23, 2013

Mexico melt in Honduras, U.S. freeze out Costa Rica

DENVER, Colorado (Reuters) – Mexico gave up a two goal lead to draw 2-2 in blazing heat in Honduras, while the United States beat Costa Rica 1-0 in a blizzard by the Rocky Mountains as CONCACAF’s World Cup qualifiers served up another night of drama and controversy.

In Kingston, Panama showed they are not going to accept their ranking as the weakest team in the six-team ‘hexagonal’ final qualifying phase as they fought back for a 1-1 draw with Jamaica.

Mar 23, 2013

Soccer-Mexico melt in Honduras, U.S freeze out Costa Rica

DENVER, Colorado, March 23 (Reuters) – Mexico gave up a two goal lead to draw 2-2 in blazing heat in Honduras, while the United States beat Costa Rica 1-0 in a blizzard by the Rocky Mountains as CONCACAF’s World Cup qualifiers served up another night of drama and controversy.

In Kingston, Panama showed they are not going to accept their ranking as the weakest team in the six-team ‘hexagonal’ final qualifying phase as they fought back for a 1-1 draw with Jamaica.

Mar 23, 2013

Furious Costa Rica to protest after snowy defeat to U.S

DENVER, Colorado (Reuters) – Furious Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto said it was an “embarrassment to football” that Friday’s World Cup qualifier with the United States was played in strong snow, while his federation promised to make an official protest.

The U.S. won 1-0 but Pinto was riled the game was played on a snowy field with a covering that became deeper as the game wore on.

Mar 23, 2013

Soccer-Furious Costa Rica to protest after snowy defeat to U.S.

DENVER, Colorado, March 23 (Reuters) – Furious Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto said it was an “embarassment to football” that Friday’s World Cup qualifier with the United States was played in strong snow, while his federation promised to make an official protest.

The U.S. won 1-0 but Pinto was riled the game was played on a snowy field with a covering that became deeper as the game wore on.

Mar 23, 2013

Dempsey gives U.S. win over Costa Rica in blizzard

DENVER, Colorado (Reuters) – In a heavy snow storm at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, the United States battled to a 1-0 win over Costa Rica with Clint Dempsey’s 16th minute goal securing the victory in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifier on Friday.

The U.S’s decision to try and gain an advantage over the Central Americans by playing in a cold climate and at altitude, looked in danger of back-firing and causing a major logistical headache but despite the snow blowing for 90 minutes, the game was able to be finished.

Mar 23, 2013

Soccer-Dempsey gives U.S. win over Costa Rica in blizzard

DENVER, Colorado, March 22 (Reuters) – In a heavy snow storm at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, the the United States battled to a 1-0 win over Costa Rica with Clint Dempsey’s 16th minute goal securing the victory in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifier on Friday.

The U.S’s decision to try and gain an advantage over the Central Americans by playing in a cold climate and at altitude, looked in danger of back-firing and causing a major logistical headache but despite the snow blowing for 90 minutes, the game was able to be finished.

Mar 22, 2013

Galaxian Gonzalez ready to lead ad-hoc U.S. defense

DENVER, Colorado (Reuters) – A leadership role rarely falls to a 24-year-old playing in just his second World Cup qualifier but U.S. defender Omar Gonzalez will have little choice but to be an organiser on Friday against Costa Rica.

Gonzalez, who plays Major League Soccer with L.A. Galaxy, lacks an experienced partner to guide him after former captain Carlos Bocanegra was left out.

Mar 22, 2013

Soccer-Galaxian Gonzalez ready to lead ad-hoc U.S. defence

DENVER, Colorado, March 21 (Reuters) – A leadership role rarely falls to a 24-year-old playing in just his second World Cup qualifier but U.S. defender Omar Gonzalez will have little choice but to be an organiser on Friday against Costa Rica.

Gonzalez, who plays Major League Soccer with L.A. Galaxy, lacks an experienced partner to guide him after former captain Carlos Bocanegra was left out.

Mar 21, 2013

Klinsmann cool about criticism, vows to continue change

DENVER (Reuters) – Juergen Klinsmann shrugged off criticism of his work as U.S. national team coach on Thursday and said he welcomed debate over the team’s performance as a sign of soccer’s growth in the country.

Klinsmann came under fire from anonymous critics in an article published by the Sporting News on Tuesday and while he was clearly unhappy at not knowing where the sniping had come from he took a relaxed approach to the issue.

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