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.
The Center for Brazilian Studies in Santa Ana held a joyous watch party for the World Cup opener Thursday afternoon. Back in the homeland, the favored Brazilians kicked off the tournament with a 3-1 victory over Croatia in São Paulo.
SÃO PAULO, Brazil – As a nearly full moon glowed beyond a corner of Arena de São Paulo on Thursday evening, strange events seized the first match of the World Cup. A bank of lights at the flawed stadium flickered off, casting an eerie shadow as Brazil and Croatia played on.