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From Costa Rica with love: Johnny Acosta's journey from the World Cup to East Bengal

Johnny Acosta starred for Costa Rica in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, he will now look to take East Bengal to glory in the I-league.
Johnny Acosta represented Costa Rica at both the 2014 and 2018 World Cups.

As first impressions go, Johnny Acosta says he was more amused than annoyed at his initial glimpse of the chaos of Indian football.

As I-League giants East Bengal's premier signing of the season, Acosta, who had played as a defender for Costa Rica at the 2018 World Cup, was being paraded at a press conference in Kolkata in August but the ceremony hit a hitch. One that they might have been expected to plan for. Acosta is a Spanish speaker but with no translator arranged, the event quickly descended...

Substitutions save Mexico in back-and-forth win over Costa Rica

MONTERREY, Mexico -- The Mexican national team had to rally twice on Thursday night to ultimately beat CONCACAF rivals Costa Rica in a entertaining friendly at Estadio Universitario. Here are three thoughts from Mexico's win over Costa Rica. 

1. Super-subs rescue win for Mexico

This was a flawed, but ultimately satisfactory night for Mexico. The 3-2 victory over Costa Rica ended a streak of four consecutive losses and after being down 2-1 at half-time, El Tri should be happy with what was...

Raul Jimenez penalty gives Mexico win over Costa Rica

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Raul Jimenez converted a penalty in the 71st minute to give Mexico a 3-2 win over Costa Rica in a back-and-forth friendly match on Thursday night. 

Playing at Estadio Universitario in Monterrey, Mexico got off a nervy start when Mexico goalkeeper Gibran Layud almost committed an own goal in the 10th minute. 

Angel Zaldivar almost got El Tri on the scoreboard first with a close-range low header, only to be thwarted by Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas on a spectacular diving save.

But it...

Costa Rica's recent rise has created a new regional rival for Mexico

MEXICO CITY -- The Estadio Azteca earned its reputation as a fortress for Mexico's national team by way of sheer physical imposition. The cavernous building is surrounded by stands that appear to rise straight up into the sky, filled to the brim with fans on game day.

Coupled with Mexico City's high altitude and notorious smog, the Azteca literally takes the opposition's breath away. These conditions combined to provide El Tri with a near-guaranteed win against opposition for the whole of the 20th...

Costa Rica hires ex-America, Leon boss Gustavo Matosas

Costa Rica has hired former Club America and Leon coach Gustavo Matosas as the squad's new manager, the country's federation announced on Tuesday.

The ex-Uruguay international takes over for Oscar Ramirez, whose contract was not renewed following Costa Rica's exit from the World Cup in Russia.

Matosas, 51, won two Liga MX titles with Leon and guided America to a 2014-2015 CONCACAF Champions League title. He has also coached clubs in Uruguay, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Paraguay, and Argentina. 

The...