Costa Rica's Kenton Struggles To Put Words On Defeat

Rodrigo Kenton has no answers for Costa Rica's slide; Costa Rica lost to Mexico by 3-0 at home and is now in fourth place.
After five Hexagonal games, Costa Rica looked well on their way to South Africa. Atop the Hexagonal, the rest of the field was in the rear-view mirror as the Ticos threatened to pull away.

But two games later, Costa Rica is the team on the outside looking in. Mexico beat Costa Rica 3-0 in Estadio Saprissa on Saturday and Costa Rica slid from first to fourth in a matter of 90 minutes.

"In these last two games, we've looked very bad," Kenton said.

Costa Rica's loss to Mexico was preceded by a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Honduras on Aug. 12. Costa Rica's 12 points were good enough for first place entering Saturday but now the figure is the same as Mexico, but goal differential dropped los Ticos behind El Tri.

Mexico's win complicated matters for Costa Rica. Los Ticos, who had been perfect at home, must now pull out results on the road. Costa Rica plays at El Salvador on Wednesday and closes out the Hexagonal round at the United States. Costa Rica's final home game will be against Trinidad on Oct. 10.

However, the last two games could be very difficult of Costa Rica does not right the wrongs soon.

"Behind closed doors, we're trying to figure out what happened," Kenton said. "We're going to keep discussing this until we figure out what is going on. This definitely cannot continue happening this way."

Costa Rica likely will finish no worse than fourth place, but the fourth place side in CONCACAF does not go through directly. Such a finish would mean a date with a CONMEBOL team for a spot in the World Cup.

For their part, the Ticos are taking this setback seriously.

"Costa Rica has never looked like this, the way it's looked these last two games," Kenton said. "I hope from this moment on... we'll start to try and figure out what is going on."

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