Well, it’s official: the United States are still very much alive at the World Cup while England and Spain have already crashed and burned after just nine days of competition.
Meanwhile, CONCACAF is 4-1-2 through the first half of the group stage, and Costa Rica is one of the first four teams to advance to the Round of 16. Just like we all predicted.
Yup, it’s certainly been a strange — and impossibly fun — tournament. Check out the best tweets of the day in our latest installment of “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly:”
Heading into the World Cup, most folks felt that the UEFA representatives would struggle in Brazil while picking South American teams to thrive in the tropical conditions. That’s certainly been true to an extent, but it seems we all overlooked the real story: CONCACAF.
Not anymore. Now that Costa Rica has shocked the world (twice), this World Cup could become CONCACAF’s finest hour. With Mexico and the United States enjoying favorable odds of joining Los Ticos in the Round of 16, we could see three nations from CONCACAF advance past the group stage for the first time in history:
— KICKTV (@KICKTV)June 20, 2014
— Josh Elliott (@JoshElliott32)June 20, 2014
— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers)June 20, 2014
Group of Death. pic.twitter.com/evZW9XRTHW— Football Funnys (@FootballFunnys)June 20, 2014
At this point, Italy is probably glad it doesn’t have to qualify out of CONCACAF.— Beau Dure (@duresport) June 20, 2014