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"Once a Goat" at the World Cup: Michael Umaña, Costa Rica shock Uruguay 3-1

The Ticos have a night to remember in Fortaleza.

Umaña (right) with Campbell.
Umaña (right) with Campbell.
Laurence Griffiths

On Saturday, the first of the players with Chivas USA ties took to the field in Brazil for the World Cup. Michael Umana started as one of Costa Rica's three central defenders, and ended up participating in arguably the biggest upset of the tournament so far, a 3-1 win over 2010 World Cup semifinalist Uruguay (yes, I know the Netherlands crushed Spain, but the actual outcome of this game was a bigger surprise).

Joel Campbell was the star of the show, as he scored a goal and provided an assist, and Keylor Navas had a superb game in goal, allowing just a penalty by Edinson Cavani in the first half. Oscar Duarte came up with the winning goal for Los Ticos, while Marcos Ureña had the insurance tally late to wrap up the result. Meanwhile, Uruguay unraveled, with Maxi Pereira getting a red card deep in second half stoppage time.

Umaña played the entire match, and had a clean boxscore, only drawing a foul on the evening. Given his performance, as well as the result, it's safe to say that he'll be back in the lineup in Costa Rica's next match.

The win gives Costa Rica a vital three points in Group D, and they'll need every one if they have hopes of repeating their feat in 1990 and escaping the group stage. Widely tipped to finish last in the group, they won't encounter any easy games, and their next test comes on Friday against Italy, who beat England on Saturday in the other game from the group.

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