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    Plus, the team has faced less than hospitable treatment according to a LA Times article.

    U.S. soccer faces challenges in Costa Rica even before qualifier - latimes.com

    At the airport the Americans were forced to endure long lines at customs and immigration rather than being fast-tracked through the process as is customary (the Costa Ricans were not given special treatment on their winter visit to the U.S.). Then the team bus was pelted with eggs on its way to the hotel.

    During the week the three training sites suggested by the Costa Rican soccer federation refused to allow the U.S. access -- the team eventually wound up practicing at a dairy where someone dressed as cow in a soccer uniform repeatedly tried to harass Klinsmann by blowing an air horn during a TV interview.

    Game balls the Costa Rican federation was supposed to deliver the U.S. team never arrived and on Thursday fans, organized on social media, gathered outside the team hotel to serenade the players as they tried to sleep.

    Another social media campaign, this one involving taxi drivers, was being arranged in an attempt to clog the streets Friday afternoon, delaying the team's arrival at the stadium -- where more than 800 police will be deployed to keep order.

    At least one U.S. player refused to criticize the gamesmanship, however.

    "I love it," the Galaxy's Landon Donovan told FoxSports.com. "You'd much rather play in front of a lot of people that care than a few people that don't."
    Haha. Damn, I love Landon. It's always seemed like the more aggravated you make him, the better he plays. I hope that's the case here.

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    The police presence outside the stadium is quite impressive, I'm hopeful that'll mitigate any shenanigans. I know I'm preaching to the choir here, but the game day atmospheres for countries' that give a damn about soccer is amazing. Everyone is already decked in their flags/jerseys and every passer by is honking their horn....and it's 9 hours to game time.

    I bought my scalped ticket from a guy selling ice cream outside of a Wendy's. yes, you read that right. He said that roughly 50 other Americans have bought tickets directly off of him (there was a big group from Nor Cal that bought some right before me) so at least there will be some semblance of US presence in the stands. Can't wait!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LetTigerIn View Post
    Haha. Damn, I love Landon. It's always seemed like the more aggravated you make him, the better he plays. I hope that's the case here.
    although usually he gets fired up when it's "players" from the opposing teams that piss him off.

    KBA - good luck and stay safe!

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    Well, that was awful. Bradley's loss was huge obviously. The times I've seen him for Schalke, Jones has consistently been one of the better players on the field, when he puts on the US jersey though...yikes. Juergen got burned in this one for his reluctance to implement Lichaj during this cycle. He isn't Dani Alves, but his speed and endurance would've helped to clamp down that side of the field, at least a little. CR attacked Fiscal's side consistently, with great success. Dempsey looked like complete garbage. He takes way too many touches thus making any sort of counter-attacking game neutered if the ball comes to his feet...to be fair, he was miscast as a pure forward in this one.

    As for the experience/atmosphere/safety stuff, everything was awesome. I marched in with AO and was somehow able to nab a spot in the first row of the field, I was right above the AODC banner. Naturally, there were police officers that covered the aisles in our section. There was a ton of bantering back and forth and objects thrown in our direction but nothing that I wasn't expecting. The Ticos were incredibly loud, however, a lot of it was manufactured. They had the lame thunder sticks going and "drum beats" on the stadium loudspeakers helping to pump in noise/lead chants a la NBA style.

    All of us gringos had to wait until the crowd dispersed a bit and then the police "escorted" us out of the stadium...it was awfully nice of them, but they took straight in the middle of the major street next to the stadium! They literally walked us through the middle of the street, thus causing one hell of a traffic jam (I'm guessing there were about 250 of us). That's the only time things started to get testy with the locals, I was bombarded with a **** ton of god knows what...I can't really blame them all that much though, I would've been pissed having to wait to get home so the visiting supporters can take a stroll in the middle of the god damn street.

    When I get back to Murica maybe ill throw up some video and pics. All in all, I definitely recommend the trip in the future. Costa Rica is beautiful and the people are generally quite friendly...beat Mexico and the sting from this loss will disappear immediately!
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    Glad you had fun, aside from the result..

    Not the end of the world, bit Mo jozy and no Bradley (questionable) against Mexico is very bad news.

    And Mexico is going to be PISSED and motivated after their result last night.

    Nervous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ucsdguy1 View Post
    Glad you had fun, aside from the result..

    Not the end of the world, bit Mo jozy and no Bradley (questionable) against Mexico is very bad news.

    And Mexico is going to be PISSED and motivated after their result last night.

    Nervous.
    Mexico fired the coach too. So dunno how they will respond. Either pissed or shaky.

    Wish USA fans would give Mexico and Costa Rica the same treatment they give our guys.

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    Great game and great composure after the bad loss to Costa Divers.

    US Qualify's for the World Cup!

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    Mexico, muhahahahaha! Anyone have plans to go to Brazil? Since none of my friends give a crap about soccer, I'm planning on heading out solo but I wouldn't mind some company!
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    I thought about it, but with a 1 1/2 year old at the time it probably won't work. I'm going to wait until 2022 and try to go to Qatar! (not really)

    I was very worried at first about how we would control the midfield. The wait and see approach worked. Felt in the 2nd half we went back to "let's sit back and not let mexico get any kind of rhythm, then counter attack or win a set piece". But what a corner from Donovan to Johnson! (scared the crap out of my 10 month old at that header). Johnson's "pay me" attitude with seattle should surely grow more now!

    Felt like after that Mexico just didn't believe in themselves. Maybe not "scared", but definitely a "here we go again" kind of feeling. Don't see that a lot from Mexico.

    Also credit to Jermaine Jones, who tracked back and covered for the defense on a few occasions to stop clear breakaways.

    And whatever the USSF did for ticket purchasing, keep it up. It was really nice to see a full crowd that was almost all pro-US.

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