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Costa Rica Kickaround

*My scene-setting, USA-Costa Rica story from San Jose. To see how it was presented on the front of the print-edition sports section, click here.

*TV Alert! Less than 24 hours before the USA-CR showdown, ESPN execs abruptly moved tonight's coverage from ESPN to ESPN2. The good news is that they've added a 30-minute pregame show starting at 9:30 p.m. ET. The reason: The College Softball World Series. [UPDATE: According to a USSF press release, "The programming change prevents potential conflicts with ESPN's baseball coverage running into the U.S. game's time slot and was made possible by the Women's College World Series ending early."] Alert your neighbors, reset your TiVo/DVRs, don't blame the incorrect TV listings in today's newspapers. The network also encountered production issues in Costa Rica and did not send the announcing crew to San Jose. (They'll handle play-by-play from Connecticut.)

*With Frankie Hejduk out, Ricardo Clark has been added to the USA roster.

*More than 47,000 tickets have been sold for Saturday's USA qualifier against Honduras at Soldier Field in Tegucigalpa Chicago. [UPDATE: It's now at 50,000-plus.]

*Happy 20th birthday (yesterday) to the USA's Freddy Adu.

*On a side note: After guiding Virginia Tech to its first NCAA College Cup semifinals in 2007, Oliver Weiss has resigned as coach. Hmmm.....

By Steve Goff  |  June 3, 2009; 9:28 AM ET
Categories:  College Soccer , Costa Rica , TV , U.S. men's national team  
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Comments

Briz for head coach?
and where is Weiss going?

Posted by: you-dont | June 3, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

or stated otherwise, "after failing to win an ACC league game in 2008, Oliver Weiss has resigned as coach . . . "

Posted by: OWNTF | June 3, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Weiss is out?!?!

C'mon Cavaliers - time to toss Glenovatch!

But seriously - is he in line to take over at SuperClub Galaxy? VfL Wolfsburg? Portland? Vancouver? San Jose? FC Suburbs?

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | June 3, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Hey, the picture of the stadium in the story linked above, makes the pitch at Saprissa look like grass. Sort of splotchy and patchy. Can we assume that's "File Footage"?

Posted by: JkR- | June 3, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Seriously! Softball over a US Men's World Cup Qualifier is an absolute joke. It is sad that we cannot get decent soccer coverage in the US of our domestic teams. FoxSoccer sucks because their announcers are annoying and bias towards LA (Bretos and Sullivan). ESPN has their priorities all mixed up. Why isn't the World Series of College Softball on ESPNU? Is the next round of qualifying going to be on ESPN8 "The Ocho" ?

Posted by: no_recess | June 3, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

I did not mean the next round of qualifying. I meant the next World Cup Qualifiers.

Posted by: no_recess | June 3, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

When I opened my paper this morning and turned to the Sports sections I thought "Wow -- color picutre, front page, now that's some coverage." Then the Sports Bog was about DC United. Even bigger than the hapless Nats finally winning. Look out Washington.Soccer has taken over the Post!

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | June 3, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Goff--

FABULOUS picture at the press conference:

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_K6wehi02tNA/SiXMnnrTHQI/AAAAAAAAAQI/6BoxVEVBTm0/s1600-h/JDUSAMNT2.JPG

Mixing work with leisure, I see.

Posted by: TwinCity | June 3, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Wait, I'm writing to a chat. I am supposed to be disguntled and disenfranchised. When is the Post going to start taking soccer seriously?

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | June 3, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

haha

I didn't know VT was that awful last year. That's a great story.

VBB: this year, cheer for UVa baseball...

Posted by: Reignking | June 3, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Great stuff, Sr Goff.

Posted by: ahelms10 | June 3, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

FABULOUS picture . . .

SG, it must be the rainy season or you've put on 50 SPF. Stall your return and head to Mal Pais, a guaranteed celebrity free zone---no Starbucks or McD's for 100 miles, either!

Posted by: delantero | June 3, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

With financial assistance from the Chinese government, the national stadium in central San Jose is being rebuilt and scheduled to open next year.

That's odd...

Posted by: Reignking | June 3, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone have any news on Costa Rica's potential starting XI?

Posted by: CityBlues | June 3, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Two questions:

Why is the Chinese gov't helping to finance the new stadium in San Jose?

What is a realistic percentage breakdown of Honduran and American fans at Soldier on Saturday?

Posted by: dcarlson81 | June 3, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

@Reignking,

Paying attention to it for sure. Craig Littlepage still needs to have the UHaul's ready for the fall.

Let's hope that tonight we crush the Ticos and Rodney Wallace makes friends in the State Department!

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | June 3, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Maybe the fact that all those German players who took them to the NCAA and that never attended class and fluke out in one semester was a problem for VA Tech. Maybe the NCAA is investigating.....

Posted by: euroman | June 3, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Seriously! Softball over a US Men's World Cup Qualifier is an absolute joke. It is sad that we cannot get decent soccer coverage in the US of our domestic teams. FoxSoccer sucks because their announcers are annoying and bias towards LA (Bretos and Sullivan). ESPN has their priorities all mixed up. Why isn't the World Series of College Softball on ESPNU? Is the next round of qualifying going to be on ESPN8 "The Ocho" ?

Posted by: no_recess | June 3, 2009 9:45 AM


No no no, they were able to move it and add a 30 minute pregame show because there ISN'T softball. I say this unfortunately as a Florida fan who's team needed to win last night to force a game tonight. That said, I'm fine with the switch. More coverage, I just hope they use the bottom line or sportscenter to announce the switch so that people know when and where to tune in.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | June 3, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Goff--
FABULOUS picture at the press conference:

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_K6wehi02tNA/SiXMnnrTHQI/AAAAAAAAAQI/6BoxVEVBTm0/s1600-h/JDUSAMNT2.JPG

Mixing work with leisure, I see.

Posted by: TwinCity | June 3, 2009 9:47 AM
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Wow, Steve, that chick in the boots seems to be checking out your, um, lanyard and credentials....

Posted by: JkR- | June 3, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Softball is over. Washington swept my Gators in the best of three series :-( Congrats Huskies.
Way to go Gators for a great season.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 3, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Nyarko is Ghanian not German. And it is "flunk" not "fluke".

Posted by: you-dont | June 3, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

USL strikes again: Soccer America reports that Vancouver beat Toronto last night, and is edging closer to claiming a CCL berth.

Posted by: universityandpark | June 3, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

VBB: won the ACC, knocked off #1 UCIrvine and defeated the #1 pitcher in the nation at SD St, and still have to go on the road for the next round.

Posted by: Reignking | June 3, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Why is the Chinese gov't helping to finance the new stadium in San Jose?

Posted by: dcarlson81 | June 3, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

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This is baseless speculation, but don't forget that the Chinese currently manage operations for the Panama Canal, and wouldn't mind seeing it expanded so that it can handle bigger ships. If they run into too much domestic opposition on that front, it wouldn't hurt to have friends in Costa Rica or Nicaragua to talk to about building a new canal there...

Posted by: MattinSW | June 3, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Settle down folks. Moving the game to the deuce is a good thing. The UF/UW Softball game won't be on, so everything is cool. Besides, you know whats on ESPN? Boston/Detroit. An American League game takes about 3 1/2 to 4 hours to play these days. Plus, we now get a 30 minute pre-game. Life is good.

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | June 3, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

China dictates their foreign policy in return for substantial investment . . . .

Posted by: OWNTF | June 3, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

And you guys thought I was hallucinating when I saw some ESPN wackiness earlier this week ;-)

Posted by: Kev29 | June 3, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 3, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Sweet, I guess I better go buy a paper today!

Now if the game got bumped to Classic or something I don't have I might complain, but I'm personally stoked about the bump and the extra pregame show.

USA! USA!


Posted by: DadRyan | June 3, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

I think it would be helpful if you amended your post re: ESPN2.

This is actually a good thing. With a MLB game leading into the ESPN broadcast, there was a good chance they would not have been able to broadcast the start of the game.

Posted by: gmoneydaddy | June 3, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Why is the Chinese gov't helping to finance the new stadium in San Jose?

Posted by: dcarlson81 | June 3, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

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As payback for CR switching diplomatic relations from Taiwan to the PRC.

Posted by: Juan-John | June 3, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Oliver Weiss brought the program up from absolutely nothing, I mean nothing, however, he could not recruit for the life of him, AMERICAN players, and was costing the school over $1 mil in just recruiting foreign players, I'm glad he's gone, if Weaver has any sense, he'd do what he did for the wrestling program, and get a local high school coach with a proven track record, bring in more Virginia based recruits (Roanoke, Blacksburg/Christiansburg, NOVA, Richmond, Tidewater), and increase expectations in the process, we had wrestlers in the NCAA tourney, with an S, more than 1 this year! Weiss leaving has to be the best news I've heard all day

Posted by: DCSharksFC | June 3, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

I have updated the blog item with a full explanation of the TV programming change. I was initially given bad information by the USSF.

Posted by: Steve Goff | June 3, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Beware of the bad drywall in the Chinese gov't-financed stadium.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 3, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

When I saw the sports page I assumed there must have been a Coup at the Sports Desk.

Posted by: 9Nine9 | June 3, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

VT won two of three games in their series versus UVA in baseball. UVA got shafted with their site in the NCAA tournament though.

I understand why ESPN did what they did, but damn.

Posted by: sitruc | June 3, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

C'mon, DCSharksFC...VT was fortunate to have one of the top high school wrestling programs in the country in their backyard. It's not like the same applies for... oh.

Posted by: sitruc | June 3, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Kev29:

Yeah, whoever said you were seeing things is some kind of jerk.

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Nice to see the above-the-fold treatment.

Also, the switch is probably for the best. Baseball's frequent pauses mean that games often run over their broadcast window, and now we get a pregame show (which is only of arguable use, but it is ESPN's way of showing the game means something to them). Plus, I believe ESPN2 is on every basic cable service, so it doesn't change things much for anyone. I know as a soccer fan my default reaction to anything the media does should be anger, but there's no reason to be upset here.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | June 3, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Goff--

FABULOUS picture at the press conference:

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_K6wehi02tNA/SiXMnnrTHQI/AAAAAAAAAQI/6BoxVEVBTm0/s1600-h/JDUSAMNT2.JPG

Mixing work with leisure, I see.

Posted by: TwinCity | June 3, 2009 9:47 AM

SO CLOSE TO IVES, yet so far away...

Posted by: bonghits4gomez | June 3, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

I think Ives is still asleep....

Posted by: Reignking | June 3, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

""Why is the Chinese gov't helping to finance the new stadium in San Jose?""

The Chinese are everywhere . . they are building infrastructure all over Africa too---railway, ports, you name it. . . .it would seem that they are flush with cash and we (the U.S.) owe them loads of dough.

Posted by: delantero | June 3, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

I think Ives is still asleep....

Posted by: Reignking | June 3, 2009 11:12 AM


Usually is, except when it comes to the RBNY....

Posted by: bonghits4gomez | June 3, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Seriously! Softball over a US Men's World Cup Qualifier is an absolute joke.

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Unless you are are a softball fan and think soccer is boring.....

Good for ESPN actually trying to make sure an important US match isn't interrupted. That's a big step for them... After watching the best goals of the premier league on FSC last night, I can't wait for the match. Hopefully there will be a few goals for the good guys.

Weather forecast?

Posted by: hacksaw | June 3, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Enjoy...

Chants of the season
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/funny_old_game/8077666.stm

I think Everton's Leighton Baines song might be the winner. Honorable mention for Arsenal's Hulk song.

Posted by: Kev29 | June 3, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Guess that means we can stop saying "teen sensation Freddy Adu."

Posted by: joedoc1 | June 3, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

RE Chinese Investment:

China's investment in soccer stadiums and other "cultural" infrastructure has been going on in Latin America/Africa for years.

Whereas the United States tries to win the hearts and minds of foreign public (called "public diplomacy") through foreign aid programs to build infrastructure like roads, schools, etc., the Chinese focus on high profile projects like stadiums and opera houses.

Sadly, their public diplomacy policy might be more effective than ours.

Posted by: Yarrr | June 3, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

A bit off topic but who is the woman in the boots? Did you get a name or publication she works for?

Posted by: nyjer1 | June 3, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Maybe we need some Chinese public diplomacy in DC. I'm sure Fenty would enjoy a trip to China to get the ball rolling.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 3, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Goff: Sneakers? Really?

I was digging the shirt -- ready to give you major style points for your dress. But, dude -- everyone else is wearing shoes. Didn't you get the memo?

Posted by: fischy | June 3, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Indeed 270. And we can lose VW and pick up Hummer as a sponsor. 發嗡嗡聲的東西 Park.

Posted by: OWNTF | June 3, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

And tell that attractive young woman that wearing those boots over jeans is a bit of a no-no, too...

Posted by: fischy | June 3, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

I see the guy who ate all the Turkish Delights! :-)

Posted by: Charisma_Man | June 3, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Goff...while you are on a roll, maybe you can have a huge color spread of RFK on the front page tomorrow!

Posted by: Beckster1 | June 3, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Seriously! Softball over a US Men's World Cup Qualifier is an absolute joke. It is sad that we cannot get decent soccer coverage in the US of our domestic teams. FoxSoccer sucks because their announcers are annoying and bias towards LA (Bretos and Sullivan). ESPN has their priorities all mixed up. Why isn't the World Series of College Softball on ESPNU? Is the next round of qualifying going to be on ESPN8 "The Ocho" ?

Posted by: no_recess | June 3, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

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Why is it a joke? It is not softball (and I will never understand the need for such notoriously thin-skinned group such as soccer fans to disparage every other sport under the sun when any even perceived slight of soccer is seen as treason) that was pre-empting the game. It was the NCAA, a huge body which has negotiated agreements for a number of sports, taking up an ESPN2 slot.

The game was originally set for ESPN, but was after their traditional Wednesday night baseball so there was a threat of an overrun. The softball has been on all week on ESPN2. Since that ended early, the ESPN2 slot opened and the network moved soccer to avoid a conflict.

This doesn't even touch the reality that the women's tournament has been averaging around 500K viewers per game, which probably equal to or more than will watch the Costa Rica game so drop the holier than thou attitude that any other sport is inferior.

The NCAA has negotiated a great package, much like SUM has done the same for soccer and often gets some things on at the expense of other sports.

The fact that you bash the coverage of soccer is hilarious. Every qualifier will be on the ESPN family with all the home matches in HD. More and more qualifying games are getting an additional half-hour pre-game. They are expanding soccer coverage, not shrinking it.

The time has come to drop your knee-jerk, inaccurate ranting about ESPN. They will show two qualifers, both with 30-minute pre-game shows. They will show every match of the Confederations Cup. They continue to show MLS and will show many of the international exhibitions in the US this summer. Two weeks of softball coverage which hardly impacts the many number of soccer matches they show each year, should not offend your sensibilities.

In short - grow up.

Posted by: beach3 | June 3, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

http://www.naahq.org/educonf/reg/Pages/GeneralRegistration.aspx

question

is the doode behind Ives a drunk, older boobby boswell?

Posted by: bonghits4gomez | June 3, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: bonghits4gomez | June 3, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Why is it a joke? It is not softball (and I will never understand the need for such notoriously thin-skinned group such as soccer fans to disparage every other sport under the sun when any even perceived slight of soccer is seen as treason) that was pre-empting the game.

Posted by: beach3

Hey, I disparage women's soccer, too.

Posted by: Reignking | June 3, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Um...who is the US playing tonight? Possible lineups for CR? I just don't know anything about them.

Posted by: Reignking | June 3, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

"Guess that means we can stop saying "teen sensation Freddy Adu"."
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C'mon Joedoc, you really think Adu is just now no longer a teen? He's 22, at least.

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | June 3, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

"Guess that means we can stop saying "teen sensation Freddy Adu"."

Joedoc--I think you could have stopped using the "sensation" part a long time ago, too. Now, its just "Adu." As in much "adu" about nothing. Sorry. That was too much.

As for the woman with the boots over the jeans...I have no intention of judging her fashion. She would look good wearing a burlap bag. BTW, Ives is huddled over his phone because he is typing in the fake number that girl gave him.

Posted by: TwinCity | June 3, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

And tell that attractive young woman that wearing those boots over jeans is a bit of a no-no, too...

Posted by: fischy | June 3, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Boy, talk about a buzz kill. :)

If loving the sight of boots over jeans is wrong, I don't want to be right...

Soccer? I don't even know her!

Posted by: SportzNut21 | June 3, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Ha!Ha!

Posted by: DadRyan | June 3, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

great reporting and great photos!

Posted by: Pedalada | June 3, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

@SportsNut:

Touché !

Posted by: fischy | June 3, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Adu got his age checked at 7, when he immigrated. There was no need to lie about his age at that point (indeed, lying about it might have jeopardized the whole family's immigrant visa). So suggestions that he is older than advertised are just silly.

Posted by: troy6 | June 4, 2009 3:51 AM | Report abuse

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