With a home win over Costa Rica in Columbus on Wednesday night, the US Men’s National Team can put aside all the controversy and gossip around roster selection, coach tactics and ability. of American players to stand out.
The Americans’ first loss in 2022 World Cup qualifying on Sunday – and the way it came about, without a single shot on goal in Panama – sparked a wave of panic that is unlikely to be quelled without a convincing victory. against Costa, 44th. The Americans, who occupy the sixth place in the qualification standings. They can still overtake second place in the USMNT with a surprise victory.
It was the Ticos who inflicted a painful home defeat on the United States in the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign, and that ultimately resulted in a shocking early elimination from that tournament. Costa Rica will field several of those same veteran players against an American side that should have their first-choice roster after manager Gregg Berhalter, trying to keep the players fresh, made seven roster changes on Sunday.
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Sporting News will follow the event live and provide scores updates, commentaries and highlights as they become available:
United States score against Costa Rica
CRC – Keysher Fuller (Ronald Matarrita) – 1st min.
United States – Sergino Dest – 25th min.
Live updates from USA vs Costa Rica, World Cup qualifying highlights
Standings and results: update of the World Cup qualifying table
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46th minute: Wow. Keylor Navas was absent at half-time due to an injury (adductor) and Leonel Moreira replaced him to start the second half. No submarines for the United States.
Halftime: USA 1, Costa Rica 1
Half time: The youngest qualifying starting XI in USMNT history took a heavy blow and although it took a while, they came back and improved every minute. The Americans combined well, they had good points in the box and they are doing crosses and shots. They have more goals in the second half and Costa Rica don’t look that strong.
“It’s offside. And it’s a shame because it’s in the first minute and we have to work our way into the game,” Gregg Berhalter told ESPN at half-time. “But there’s not much I can fault this performance. We have to maintain that intensity.”
ESPN referee expert Mark Clattenburg said Sergino Dest going out of bounds for Costa Rica essentially puts him on the goal line which would have kept all Costa Rican players.
42nd minute: Antonee Robinson crosses from the left and Pepi climbs for the lead and puts it on goal, but it’s not dangerous enough. Keylor Navas handles that, then a shot from Tim Weah moments later.
39th minute: Celso Borges took a shot and Zack Steffen pushed him back for a corner. Then he has to hit the next corner.
37th minute: Costa Rica want a penalty. Johan Venegas falls into the box after Yunus Musah inadvertently returned the ball into the box. It looked like Chris Richards had beaten him cleanly on the ball and Venegas had shot Richards leg.
32nd minute: Nice pass from Weston McKennie to the right to Yunus Musah whose center comes out for a corner. The USMNT likes that right flank and there is room there.
25 min. : What a goal from Sergino Dest! He puts the ball on his left foot, the defender does not close it and he finds the upper left corner!
23rd minute: Antonee Robinson crosses from the left and a header from Ricardo Pepi looking for the far post does not reach its destination. American momentum is building.
18th min: Clean passes and good ideas from Yunus Musah in midfield. It looks like the United States are looking for that right side with Sergino Dest and Tim Weah and they’re trying to send the crosses before the Costa Ricans can come back and obstruct the middle.
16th min: Set-piece for the United States, but Brenden Aaronson’s ball in search of Ricardo Pepi doesn’t give a chance. Opportunity wasted.
14th minute: Luck United States! Weston McKennie foray into the box and his shot is blocked for a corner by a slippery Costa Rican defender. Nothing comes out of it.
13th minute: Tim Weah with another cross on the right side but there is a crowd in the middle of the box and the cross does not reach anyone.
8th minute: Not much reaction from the United States at this point. There was a cross from the right that Brenden Aaronson couldn’t hang onto. Not much else. A few gifts from Weston McKennie in the midfield.
3rd minute: It looked like Zack Steffen should have done better on this one, immediately questioning Gregg Berhalter’s decision to replace him with Matt Turner.
2nd minute: Costa Rica goal !!! Ronald Matarrita cross from the left and Keysher Fuller at the far post bounces the ball past Steffen. There was a question whether there was an offside player protecting Steffen, but the goal stands.
1st minute: We are on our way. Costa Rica with early possession and the long ball. Zack Steffen has to come out of his line to repel the ball.
6:59 p.m .: Paul Arriola injury – right groin
Update: Right groin injury for Paul Arriola.
– American Football MNT (@USMNT) October 13, 2021
6:59 p.m .: Pre-match Tifo and it’s also factually accurate:
6:55 p.m .: The hour of the hymn. And the Ticos are in the black and white alternative kits.
6:47 p.m .: Paul Arriola injured during warm-ups. Tim Weah in:
6:29 p.m .: Wide angle of history for tonight’s game. I still can’t get past Bolanos, 37, and Saborio, 39 (!!) in the squad.
#USMNT have almost 9 years a man younger than their #CostaRica counterparts for tonight #WCQ in Columbus – USA 188 combined selections… visitors 737. Does the exuberance of youth triumph over the gnarled experience? @TaylorTwellman is in communication with me ESPN2 & @ESPNPlus 6.30ET
– Jon Champion (@JonChampionJC) October 13, 2021
6:00 p.m .: Ticos goes five in the back. They want to make life hard for Pepi & Co.
17:46: Let the debate over composition begin. Zack Steffen starting in place of Matt Turner (did he deserve to be substituted?), Paul Arriola taking another start and Chris Richards making his first USMNT start in a big game.
5.45 p.m .: ESPN has a pre-game show on their social media with Jermaine Jones, Kasey Keller and Seb Salazar:
17:31: A reminder of why this match is not a child’s play:
#USMNT -Costa Rica, 6 CT on ESPN2. ??
Costa Rica have won three consecutive World Cup qualifiers against the United States, including a 2-0 Hex victory at Red Bull Arena in 2017.
– Paul Carr (@PaulCarr) October 13, 2021
17:27: What we assume to be the arriving USMNT bus with its Lower.com Field escort in Columbus:
United States vs. Costa Rica: lineup
The Americans will benefit from the return of goaltender Zack Steffen, midfielder Weston McKennie and left-back Antonee Robinson after all three skipped the USMNT trip to Panama. Two of those players were injured before the game – McKennie (right quadro) and Robinson (knee) – but passed the fitness test.
MORE: Berhalter doesn’t regret fielding his training against Panama
US starting XI (4-3-3, left to right): 13-Zack Steffen-GK – 5-Antonee Robinson, 12-Miles Robinson, 15-Chris Richards, 2-Sergino Dest – 8-Weston McKennie, 4-Tyler Adams, 6-Yunus Musah – 11-Brenden Aaronson, 16-Ricardo Pepi, 20-Tim Weah
American submarines: 1-Matt Turner-GK, 22-DeAndre Yedlin, 21-George Bello, 18-Mark McKenzie, 3-Walker Zimmerman, 23-Kellyn Acosta, 17-Gianluca Busio, 10-Cristian Roldan, 19-Matthew Hoppe, 9-Gyasi Zardes (Not in the squad: Sean Johnson, Shaq Moore, Sebastian Lletget, Paul Arriola – warm-up injuries)
Costa Rica had to replace Joel Campbell (sprained right ankle) and Jose Guillermo Ortiz (tested positive for COVID-19), opting for Alvaro Saborio, 39, and Christian Bolanos, 27, veterans of countless clashes between the United States and Costa Rica. . Costa Rica appear to be going with a 5-3-2 formation, which has proven successful in the past.
Starting XI from Costa Rica (5-2-3, left to right): 1-Keylor Navas-GK – 22-Ronald Matarrita, 15-Francisco Calvo, 6-Oscar Duarte, 2-Ricardo Blanco, 4-Keysher Fuller – 5-Celso Borges, 10-Bryan Ruiz (c), 17-Yeltsin Tejeda – 11-Johan Venegas, 21-Jonathan Moya
Costa Rica submarines: 23-Leonel Moreira-GK, 18-Aaron Cruz-GK, 20-Fernan Faerron, 19-Kendall Waston, 8-Bryan Oviedo, 3-Juan Pablo Vargas, 13-Orlando Galo, 16-Youstin Salas, 14-Jimmy Marin, 12-Randall Leal, 7-Christian Bolanos, 9-Alvaro Saborio (Not in the squad: Luis Diaz, Kenneth Vargas)
How to watch the United States vs Costa Rica
- Dated: Wednesday October 13
- Time: 7 p.m. ET
- TV channels: ESPN2
- Television in Spanish: UniMas, TUDN
- Diffusion: fuboTV, ESPN +
USA vs. Costa Rica will air on ESPN2 (English) and UniMas and TUDN (Spanish) with all three channels streaming on fuboTV. New subscribers can get a seven-day free trial of the streaming service.
The game, which will also be available to stream on ESPN +, will be held at the new Lower.com Field in Columbus, Ohio. It is the home of Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew, which opened in July.
USA vs Costa Rica betting odds and prediction
Odds courtesy of DraftKings
To take: USA -1.25 Asian Handicap (+100)
After a dismal performance on Sunday, it’s hard not to see the Americans pedaling all the way against a Costa Rican team that is no longer the opposition it once was. The Americans will be fresher, they will have a passionate home crowd behind them and, with Ricardo Pepi on the pitch from the start, they will have the best chances of scoring multiple goals. The only thing standing in the way is a lightless performance from Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas.
The Asian Handicap -1.25 offers some insurance (half the stake is refunded) in case the Americans only win by one goal.
In case you like the story: The United States are 6-2-1 against Costa Rica in the World Cup playoffs played on American soil and are 7-1-2 against all the regional qualifiers in Columbus.
Prediction: United States 2, Costa Rica 0
- Moneyline: USA -270 / Draw +350 / Costa Rica +650
- Disseminate: United States -1.5 (+125) / Costa Rica +1.5 (-170)
- O / U 2.5 total goals: Over +110 / Under -140
- The two teams score: Yes +145 / No -195