Patrick Pemberton

Costa Rica

Gold Cup Rewind: Costa Rica, Canada open Group A with victories

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The first marquee match of the CONCACAF Gold Cup lived up to expectations on Friday night.

Costa Rica downed Honduras 1-0 on a Marco Urena strike in the 39th minute in front of a sold out crowd at Red Bull Arena. The win tied the Ticos on points with Canada at the top of Group A.

Urena's goal was produced by some exquisite buildup play, starting with a long ball from Giancarlo Gonzalez.

Three thoughts on the USMNT's much-needed Copa America win over Costa Rica

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Bad tactical choices, rethinking one player's worth, and a look ahead are all on our mind after last night's big result

After all the acrimony and hand-wringing, the United States bounced back from a 2-0 loss to Colombia in their Copa America Centenario opener by routing Costa Rica. The game was essentially decided as a contest when Oscar Duarte gave Bobby Wood carte blanche to face goal and fire past Patrick Pemberton in the 42nd minute, expanding the USMNT's lead to three, and Graham Zusi padded that lead with a late solo effort.

Gold Cup: Late Goals Gives U.S. Win in Group C Finale

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EAST HARTFORD, Conn. Brek Shea broke a scoreless game late to send the U.S. Men's National Team to a 1-0 win over Costa Rica Tuesday at Rentschler Field in the Group C finale of the Gold Cup.

Shea scored in the 82nd minute after Landon Donovan played a ball head into space,where the Stoke City midfielder then beat Patrick Pemberton for the game-winner.

WCQ: Costa Rica’s Squad To Face The USMNT

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And here you go. Let the defense adjustments begin.

Costa Rica calls in an expected and veteran team to face the US in Denver.

Goalkeepers: Keilor Navas (Levante), Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense)

Defenders: Juan Diego Madrigal (Santos de Guápiles), Christian Gamboa (Rosenborg), Michael Umaña (Saprissa), Johnny Acosta (Dorados de Sinaloa), Giancarlo González (Valerenga), Roy Miller (New York Red Bulls), Bryan Oviedo (Everton), Christopher Meneses (Alajuelense)

Midfielders: Celso Borges (AIK), Osvaldo Rodríguez (Santos de Guápiles), Cristian Bolaños (Copenhagen), Ariel Rodríguez (Pérez Zeledón), Keylor Soto (Pérez Zeledón), Yeltsin Tejeda (Saprissa), Michael Barrantes (Aalesund), Diego Calvo (Alajuelense), Bryan Ruiz (Fulham), Mauricio Castillo (Cartagines)

Forwards: Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake), Joel Campbell (Real Betis), Jairo Arrieta (Columbus Crew)


Costa Rica Calls 23 For Denver

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Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto has included 13 foreign-based players in his 23-man roster for the match against the United States on March 22 in Denver. MLS fans will be familiar with Real Salt Lake scoring threat Alvaro Saborio and Columbus Crew striker Jairo Arrieta. New York Red Bulls defender Roy Miller also makes the list.

D.C. United

CONCACAF Champions League 2014-15: Quarterfinals Preview, Part 2 – America vs Saprissa & Alajuelense vs DC United

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ICYMI, CONCACAF has a new sponsor. Thanks for pitching in, Scotiabank. (

OTF's CONCACAF editor Austin Fido previews the second two CCL 2014-15 quarterfinal match-ups: Americavs. Saprissaand Alajuelensevs. DC United...

If this is truly Costa Rica's Champions League, these quarterfinals will be the ones to reveal that truth.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, USWNT, and MLS links for Wednesday January 14th, 2015

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Alajuelense's dealing with CCL suspensions, Jozy Altidore and Mix Diskerud are coming to MLS, a few other teams made moves, and Ronaldo is going to play in the NASL because NASL.

True story: I googled "D.C. United" last night looking for stories to link. Every single story whose main subject was United, or a player currently on the team, was a B&RU story.