Published: Mon, September 04, 2017
Culture | By Marion Pratt

Costa Rica defeats United States of America in World Cup qualifier

Costa Rica defeats United States of America in World Cup qualifier

"It's over with. We have to regroup and get our team ready for Tuesday".

Urena dribbled around defender Tim Ream, then caught Tim Howard leaning and beat the goalkeeper to the far post for the opening goal.

The pattern throughout most of the game saw the USA having most of the possession, but Costa Rica was always looking risky on the break. "It's really disappointing, but I don't think much will be missed". The Americans' only previous home loss was in a 1985 World Cup qualifier.

Cameroon wasn't the only big team left struggling in World Cup qualifying. "I wish we'd have that when we go to Honduras". It appeared the team found another spark when he entered, especially when they had a free kick later on.

"It's not complete yet but this is a very important step", Costa Rica coach Oscar Ramirez said through a translator.

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The U.S. national team walked off the Red Bull Arena field stunned, bewildered and frustrated Friday night.

"I was anxious about him slotting it to the near post", Howard said.

The United States (2-3-2) with eight points is in danger of not qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation. But they'll be facing a highly motivated USA team in what is expected to be hot and rainy conditions.

Poland, the world's No. 5-ranked team, lost 4-0 in Denmark and now leads Group E by just three points from Montenegro and the Danes. "He has an opportunity to be that first kind of marquee USA national team player that's been bought for a ton of money and starred for one of the biggest teams in the world for a long time".

The U.S. attack has to be better in order for the team to have a shot at picking up three sorely needed points in Honduras, but the onus is on the Americans as a whole to perform better than it did against Costa Rica.

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The U.S. closes out its campaign by taking on Panama at home on October 6 and Trinidad and Tobago on the road four days later.

The Americans are now six points adrift of leaders Mexico and Costa Rica, who both have 14 points and look certain to lock up the top two automatic qualifying spots.

One guaranteed difference for Tuesday's match for the U.S.is that Jozy Altidore will not start.

The United States men's national team has put themselves into quality position for qualification, but a home win today to Costa Rica would go a long way toward solidifying their trip to Russian Federation for the World Cup.

The game takes place tonight, September 1, at 6:55 p.m. EST. Just after this play, Altidore was shown a yellow card. If Arena goes with a 4-2-3-1, Kelly Acosta and Michael Bradley would likely be the 2, while Darlington Nagbe, Pulisic and Alejandro Bedoya or Fabian Johnson could be in the line of 3. Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris deserve consideration too, especially Dempsey given his experience and ability to produce something out of nothing.

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