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United States outplayed, outcoached by Costa Rica in historic defeat - Bruce Arena


On Friday night, the United States' Men's National Team took on Costa Rica in a World Cup Qualifying match. That balance has been now been upset, and the USA finds itself needing victory instead of being content with a draw.

Veteran goalkeeper Tim Howard, at fault for Costa Rica's first goal, nearly promised a response on Tuesday.

However, facing Central American opposition on the road is a very different proposition, as the USA discovered in 2013, losing 2-1 in the first game of an ultimately successful campaign.

When the teams met in the infamous 1985 World Cup qualifier in Southern California, Costa Rican colors predominated in the crowd of 11,800 and the festivities included musicians and folk dancers in traditional dress.

"I don't know if you've been around for the last year; qualifying has been in jeopardy for all teams in the past year".

This is a matchup between two of the best teams in CONCACAF.

Christian Pulisic, 18, had a rough game against Costa Rica's defense.

It was also a frustrating night for US midfielder Christian Pulisic, who missed several opportunities, and had a second half chance brilliantly saved by Navas. Costa Rica then scored on its very next attack, with Urena once again the hero, slotting past Howard.


In theory, Honduras should hold no fear for the Americans, who have a record of played 24, won 17, drawn four, lost three against Tuesday's opponents. "We tried to force them down the wings, tried to limit crosses, and keep them away from our goal".

The United States, after losing its first two qualifiers under former coach Jurgen Klinsmann, has rebounded with new coach Bruce Arena in charge.

Although the Costa Rica team thrashed the United States 4-0 last November, the USA team hopes the home field advantage for tonight's game will work heavily in their favor.

The Americans play at Honduras on Tuesday night, then close the hexagonal next month at home against Panama and at Trinidad and Tobago. I'd suspect that thinking could influence Arena to start Guzan more than what Howard did to contribute to Costa Rica's first goal on Friday.

When: Tuesday, September 5 at 2:30 p.m.

US vs Costa Rica: The two football teams U.S. and Costa Rica of Central America, Carribean are going to face each other today in the World Cup Qualifying.

The second to last World Cup qualifiers are underway as six teams already book Russian Federation 2018 World Cup berth. Just after this play, Altidore was shown a yellow card. Nagbe struggled to provide much defensive help to Bradley, and the two center-backs fared even worse, looking out of sync and misplaying several situations that resulted in chances for the visitors. Good to see he got time off from shooting Avengers 4. Desperate for a goal, Arena finished the match with four forwards after inserting Dempsey in the 65th minute and Jordan Morris in the 84th.

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