The United States Men’s National Team will look to get back on track after their first loss in World Cup qualifying as they prepare to meet a Costa Rican side who are back from the dead in his attempt to travel to Qatar 2022.
An American team with seven new starters in their previous 2-0 win over Jamaica recorded what was arguably America’s worst performance of the Gregg Berhalter era on Sunday, failing to register a single shot on target in the match on Sunday. ‘a 1-0 loss to Panama. Berhalter’s decision to strongly rotate the team was criticized, but he made it clear that it was a bet the win came for on Wednesday.
“It obviously doesn’t seem like the best choice, but I think we have to wait until Thursday,” Berhalter said after the loss to Panama. “If we were going to play the same players [vs. Jamaica on Thursday] in this game [vs. Panama on Sunday], I’m not sure we would position ourselves in the best way to win again on Wednesday [vs. Costa Rica]. Again, the conditions we are dealing with [in Panama] with the travel and the weather made things complicated. And we had to make, I guess, a somewhat risky decision. “
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Winning your home games is essential in qualifying for the World Cup and Wednesday’s opponent showed why. In 2017, Costa Rica traveled to Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, and beat the United States 2-0 in a qualifying game that ultimately cost the Americans a Cup spot. World Cup 2018. This match was also Ticos’ last victory against the United States; They have experienced a period of slow decline since the end of the 2018 World Cup, with a mediocre 8-8-11 in all matches and due to fire their coach in June.
It was the experienced hand Luis Fernando Suarez who was named to take over a Costa Rican side in desperate need of a generational change. But Suarez still deploys the old guard, and it was these veteran heroes who helped Ticos draw a draw in Honduras last week and save a 2-1 win over El Salvador on Sunday. PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas was the star, making a key save in both matches to preserve the results. These four points bring Costa Rica back into the qualifying mix.
USMNT will launch their youngest team in a World Cup qualifier (22, 229 days), including new scorer Ricardo Pepi. The 18-year-old is one of 13 U.S. players aged 23 or under, while Costa Rica has 12 players aged 30 or older. It makes for a fascinating battle of youth against cunning with valuable points down the line.
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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 7-day free trial for 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. It is the home of Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew, which opened in July.
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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.
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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 – injured in warm-ups)
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, 4-Keysher Fuller, 2-Ricardo Blanco – 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)
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