The United States Men’s National Team entered their World Cup Qualifying match with Costa Rica on Friday night riding a 12-match winning streak, but they left the stadium with a disappointing defeat.
Costa Rica jumped out to a quick, 2-goal lead in the first 9 minutes of play, and the US never recovered in falling to a 3-1 loss. Clint Dempsey put forth his best effort to attempt to bring the US back, scoring on a penalty kick during the 43rd minute, and coming close to a tying goal in the 60th minute, but it was too little in the end.
Fortunately for the Americans, this loss isn’t a devastating one when it comes to qualifying for the World Cup. The US takes on Mexico in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday, and a bid will be on the line when the two teams meet. On the unfortunate side, however, the team will be without three players (Jozy Altidore, Matt Besler, and Geoff Cameron) for the match, as they each received yellow cards on Friday that will leave them unavailable.
The final, 2-goal margin probably wasn’t indicative of how close this match was, but that doesn’t leave a better taste in the mouth of the American squad. They are now 0-8-2 when playing in Costa Rica, and with the way the game started, it was a violently uphill battle for the final 80+ minutes of action.
Stay tuned for more coverage, including an upcoming preview of Tuesday’s match with Mexico.