Costa Ricans glued themselves to the television sets Tuesday night to watch the national soccer team hold México to a scoreless tie.
Meanwhile in Seattle, Washington, the U.S. team beat Panamá, 2-0.
The games put the U.S. team in first place for the regional competition of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football.
Costa Rica is in second place. México is a close third. Both have eight points, but Costa Rica leads on the number of goals.
Three teams will go to the World Cup in Brazil next year. A fourth will have a chance to go if it prevailed in a playoff with a team from another region.
The Costa Rican team almost scored early when Joel Campbell’s kick hit the framework of the goal and bounced away.
Nevertheless, the game was full of nail-biting moments for Tico fans. A number had gone to México for the game.
The U.S. team plays Mexico Tuesday, and Costa Rica hosts Panamá.