Gold Cup: Five things learned from USA’s 1-0 win over Costa Rica

By Kyle McCarthy, FOXSoccer.com


United States winger Brek Shea struck eight minutes from time to give the Americans a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica on Tuesday night. Shea’s late goal ensured the Americans finished atop Group C and secured a quarterfinal date with El Salvador on Sunday in Baltimore.

The nature of the victory in this dour affair will give Jurgen Klinsmann plenty to ponder – including these five points – as he prepares for the knockout stages.

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Gold Cup: Five things learned from USA’s 4-1 victory over Cuba

By Kyle McCarthy, FOXSoccer.com


It took a bit longer than expected for the United States to hit its stride in their 4-1 victory against Cuba. The visitors even managed a stunning opening goal when Jose Ciprian completed a swashbuckling counter after 36 minutes. But the Americans equalized through Landon Donovan shortly before halftime to set the stage for a significant second-half improvement. Chris Wondolowski struck twice in the final half hour to ensure that the US will finish atop Group C with a victory (or a draw, most likely) over Costa Rica in East Hartford, Conn. on Tuesday.

 In the wake of a third straight heavy victory, here are a few points to ponder as the US approaches a decisive affair against the Ticos:

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Brek Shea posts - then quickly deletes - American instagram


'Murica giveth, and 'Murica taketh away.

Just minutes after posting this rather excessively patriotic picture on his instagram account, Stoke City’s Brek Shea perhaps realized that this might not be the best way to endear himself to potential employers - especially in Europe - and quickly deleted it.

What do people always say? You can take the kid out of Texas, but…

Hopefully this won’t come back to haunt Shea at his current club, where he hasn’t made an impact so far due to injury, but in the meantime maybe Brek should tone it down on the Instagram, because it isn’t the first time one of his pictures has caused an uproar.

Just a month ago, Shea’s picture of him sporting a pig’s head made the rounds as Stoke City players waged a prank war that got a little out of hand.

(via Deadspin)


Pig prank gone wrong in Stoke locker room


Image via @BrekShea20

Apparently, ham was on Stoke City’s lunch menu.

The club is launching an internal investigation after a bloody pig’s head was found in the locker of striker Kenwyne Jones. Winger Brek Shea Instagrammed a photo of the pig’s head with the caption “Locker room banter gone wild!”

Jones, who is a Rastafarian and does not eat pork, was less than pleased. He reportedly threw a brick through teammate Glenn Whelan’s car window, who was thought to be behind the prank gone wrong.

When it comes to pranking teammates, the Potters go all in. Less than a week before the pig incident, the soon to be retired Michael Owen received a retirement gift from his teammates in the form of his Mercedes being covered in eggs and flour.


Image: @themichaelowen

Stoke later released a statement:

"The club takes seriously the reports of an incident at our training ground this afternoon. A full internal investigation will be carried out and those responsible for any unacceptable behavior will be dealt with in accordance with the club’s disciplinary procedures."

Jones’ girlfriend, Kissa Abdullah, expressed her displeasure on Twitter, condemning the perpetrators and stating the prank was “not even close to funny.”