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SPORTS
September 21, 2011
Galaxy tonight AT ALAJUELENSE When: 7 PDT. Where: Alajuela, Costa Rica. On the air: TV: Fox Soccer Channel. Record in CONCACAF Champions League 2011: Galaxy 2-0-1, Alajuelense 2-0-1. Update: The Galaxy beat Alajuelense, 2-0, at the Home Depot Center on Aug. 25 but will be in hostile territory in the rematch at Estadio Alejandro Morero Sota, Alajuelense's home stadium in Costa Rica. Both teams are tied with six points in Group A in the CONCACAF Champions League Standings, so the game is pivotal.
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NEWS
September 17, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Howler monkeys, crocodiles, toucans, parrots and lots of birds star in this 10-day trip to Costa Rica sponsored by the Greater L.A. Zoo Assn. The naturalist-led expedition explores Volcan Poas National Park to learn about active volcanoes, the Monteverde Cloud Forest mountain reserve, Carara National Park on the Pacific Coast and a rain forest at Braulio Carrillo, with an aerial tram that takes you into the tree canopy. A tour of capital city San Jose also is included. When: Costa Rica: Nature's Treasure House runs from Nov. 11-20.
SPORTS
September 2, 2011 | By Lisa Dillman
Call it a movable laboratory, a testing ground of possession futbol . And Friday's petri dish, featuring the U.S. men's national soccer team, happened to be the Home Depot Center. Unfortunately, for the Americans, the dish imploded with some suspect defending in the second half against Costa Rica, a full-scale breakdown leading to defender Rodney Wallace's goal, a header, in the 65th minute, leading Costa Rica to a 1-0 win. And shortly after the lone goal, there was more imploding, in terms of temper, between the sides.
SPORTS
August 25, 2011
When: 7. Where: Home Depot Center. On the air: TV: Fox Soccer Channel. Update: The Galaxy and Costa Rican champion Alajuelense are unbeaten in Champions League Group A play after home victories. Goals by Adam Cristman and Landon Donovan helped the Galaxy shut out CD Motagua of Honduras, 2-0, and Alajuelense beat Monarcas Morelia of Mexico, 1-0. A victory Thursday would position the Galaxy atop the group. Parking will be free for the game. — Grahame L. Jones .
NEWS
August 25, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Online discounter Kgbdeals has an uber-cheap coupon for a beach resort stay in Costa Rica. Four nights for two at the all-inclusive resort costs $499 -- which breaks down to about $62 per person each day. The deal: The $499 price covers four nights at Villas Sol Hotel & Beach Resort in Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste, on the west coast (that's the Pacific Coast) of Costa Rica. It includes all food and drink (although not gratuities or resort fees and taxes) at the resort, which has a private beach, fitness club and swimming pools.
SPORTS
June 18, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Guatemala managed to slow Mexico's juggernaut Saturday, but it could not stop it completely, with second-half goals by Aldo De Nigris and Javier Hernandez carrying El Tri to a surprisingly difficult 2-1 victory in a Gold Cup quarterfinal played before a sellout crowd of 78,807 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Mexico will take on Honduras, a winner on penalty kicks over Costa Rica, in Wednesday's semifinals in Houston....
SPORTS
June 12, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Mexico's Gold Cup hopes appeared to take a hit, if not a fatal blow, last week when five players were suspended after testing positive for the banned substance clenbuterol. Among those lost were goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa and center back Francisco Rodriguez, the heart and soul of the Mexican defense. The team's response? Score so many goals the defense doesn't matter — a strategy it used to perfection Sunday when it scored four times in the first 38 minutes to blitz Costa Rica, 4-1, before a pro-Mexican sellout crowd of 62,000 at Chicago's Soldier Field.
SPORTS
June 5, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
It took a while to get started, but once Mexico's high-octane offense got warmed up it put on quite a show in its Gold Cup opener, scoring four times in a 12-minute span of the second half to swamp a game but ultimately outmanned El Salvador, 5-0, before a crowd of more than 80,000 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Efrain Juarez and Aldo De Nigris scored goals four minutes apart early in the half, and Javier Hernandez scored three times by himself, turning what had been a close match for 45 minutes into the rout that had been anticipated.
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