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Calvo, Costa Rica fall to Mexico in penalties in Concacaf Nations League Semifinals

Chicago Fire FC defender Francisco Calvo and the Costa Rica Men's National Team saw their run to the Concacaf Nations League final come to an end on Thursday night, falling 5-4 in a penalty kick shootout to Mexico in the League A Semifinals.

Calvo started and earned his 53rd appearance for Los Ticos on the night, helping his side to a 0-0 finish in regulation that sent the match directly to penalty kicks.

The Fire captain stepped up to take Costa Rica's fifth penalty kick, needing to score with Mexico at a 4-3 advantage. Calvo beat Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa with a low shot to the right, and leveled the score a four apiece to force a sudden death period.

Mexico would book their place in the competition's final on the next set of spot kicks, as Jesús Gallardo made it 5-4 for El Tri before Ochoa secured the win by saving Allan Cruz's attempt.

Costa Rica will get a chance to play for third place on Sunday against Honduras, who fell 1-0 to the United States in the other League A Semifinal on Thursday. That match will take place on Sunday, June 6, at 5:30 p.m. CT from Denver's Empower Field at Mile High.

Following Sunday's meeting with Honduras, Los Ticos will then face the United States in a friendly match at 6:00 p.m. CT on Wednesday, June 9 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy. The match will be televised on ESPN2, UniMás and TUDN. 

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