Here we go.
Matchday in San Jose. Gorgeous morning but, typical of the weather patterns here, high humidity and thunderstorms expected at kickoff tonight (8 p.m. local time). The temperature outlook: just 59 degrees. Where are we, Denver? If one snowflake falls, will the Ticos call Sepp in Zurich and protest themselves?
To get you ready …..
Venue: National Stadium.
Kickoff: 10 p.m. ET.
TV: beIN Sport will provide live coverage on its English channel. A taped version will appear on the Spanish channel at 1 a.m. ET. The announcers are stationed at beIN studios in Miami, not San Jose.
Channel finder: Input your zip code or cable-satellite provider into this device to find out whether you receive beIN Sport.
Reminder: Via a media middle man, beIN Sport purchased most CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers. With CONCACAF’s blessing, each federation sells the foreign rights to its home matches to whomever it wishes. Through its contract with the USSF, ESPN carries U.S. home matches. (It’s a ridiculous system, in place for many years, and needs to change. Don’t hold your breath.)
Referee: Marco Rodriguez of Mexico. (wiki bio).
U.S. record in Costa Rica: 0-7-2, 6 goals for, 17 against. Every match was a World Cup qualifier, except a 0-0 friendly draw in 1992.
Just a bit of coverage in the Costa Rican media.
Tonight’s other matches:
Honduras (7 points) at Mexico (8 points), 9:30 p.m. ET (ESPNews, UniMas, WatchESPN, www.univisiondeportes.com)
Jamaica (2 points) at Panama (6 points), 10 p.m. (Centro America TV: DirecTV 428, DISH Network 832)
United States leads the group with 13 points, followed by Costa Rica with 11. Could the Americans clinch a World Cup berth tonight? Yes. But it would take three outcomes to fall their way.
I will update this page with any news or notes throughout the day and, if the Internet gods are on our side, post the lineups when they are available about an hour before kickoff.
USA: Howard; Orozco, Gonzalez, Besler; Beasley; Bradley, Jones; Zusi, Donovan, F. Johnson; Dempsey. Subs: Guzan, Rimando, Cameron, Brooks, Parkhurst, Castillo, Beckerman, Bedoya, Diskerud, Altidore, Johannsson, E. Johnson.
CR: Navas; Gamboa, Gonzalez, Umana, Acosta; Oviedo, Borges, Tejada, Bolanos; Ruiz, Campbell. Subs: Pemberton, Johnson, Duarte, Diaz, Barrantes, Cubero, Calvo, Castillo, Saborio, Brenes, Nunez.
This is also the place for your pregame, in-game and postgame thoughts. Enjoy!