Soccer in Costa Rica has come a long way.
The Chinese government offered Costa Rica a new National Stadium as a gift and spent an estimated $100 million on its construction.
Costa Rica lost to Uruguay, 2-1, in an international friendly Friday at Estadio Nacional in La Sabana.
Costa Rica suffered a 1-0 upset loss to South Africa at home on Thursday night, casting serious doubts just a month before World Cup qualifying play begins.
With its best player stuck in unprecedented contract drama in Spain and a head coach that was named to the position just two weeks ago, Costa Rica's "La Sele" enters this week's friendlies against Brazil and Uruguay void of continuity and filled with unknowns.
Track and field athletes from the United States dominated the regional competition Saturday at the NACAC Championships in San José.
Costa Rica will play host to the second NACAC Championships, bringing together some of the region's top track and field talent to the National Stadium in San José from Aug. 7 to 9.