Call-ups are expected to join the delegation in Columbus on Saturday or early Sunday, which means MLS-based selections would miss their weekend match. The Americans are planning to practice at Crew Stadium on Sunday and Monday. Mexico will not arrive until Monday. With Bradley down and Cameron out, Kyle Beckermanis primed to enter the lineup Tuesday and partner with Jermaine Jones in deep midfield. (I cant tell you how much Klinsmann loves Beckerman, the leader of Real Salt Lakes Supporters Shield bid.) Is John Brooks ready for his first qualifier in place of Besler? Or does Michael Orozco move into the middle and Michael Parkhurst start on the right? Could Clarence Goodson, who was not named to the roster, re-enter the mix? *Despite the 3-1 loss to Costa Rica , the Americans remain in strong position to qualify for the World Cup. A U.S. victory over Mexico and a Honduras victory or draw at home against Panama will secure passage to Brazil next summer. Furthermore, an American triumph and Honduras win would almost ensure Mexico finishing no better than fourth and, consequently, probably heading to the CONCACAF-Oceania playoff this fall.
Team USA falls short to Costa Rica
We concede another goal and we have a mountain to climb. The 10th minute had barely registered when Yeltsin Tejada whipped in a sharp cross. This time around, Celso Borges climbed over DaMarcus Beasley and bounced his header out of Howards reach and into the net. AMERICANS OVERSEAS Want to find out the top performances from US players abroad? See here. Shell-shocked, the Americans took the bulk of the first half to collect their wits and regroup. The distribution was dishevelingly imprecise, leaving forwards Donovan and Dempsey isolated while wingers Fabian Johnson and Graham Zusi were seldom seen or heard of. Several more Howard saves finally induced a spell of American competence. Fabian Johnson hammered a shot at Keylor Navas, whose reaction save was a sight to see. At length, in the 40th minute, a free kick earned by Dempsey was quickly clipped over the top and into the path of Fabian Johnson by Zusi. Navas charged out, brought him down and incurred both a penalty and a yellow card. Dempsey rammed his poorly-aimed effort through Navass arms to make it 2-1. Visibly strengthened in their resolve, the USA emerged from the other side of half-time much more composed.
Johnny Acosta headed Costa Rica to an early lead before Celso Borges made it two goals within the first 10 minutes. In the shadows of half-time, Clint Dempsey’s penalty restored hope for the Americans but Costa Rica’s Joel Campbell finished off the game 15 minutes from time, while the USA ended the game with 10 men following Matt Besler’s second yellow card. It was a dynamic start from the Costa Ricans, who should have opened the scoring through Bryan Ruiz on two minutes, only seconds before Acosta headed home Campbell’s quality corner. DaMarcus Beasley tried valiantly to clear the goal-bound header on the post but only succeeded in deflecting it into the net. Bryan Oviedo was troubling the USA from wide positions and after creating an opportunity headed over the bar by on-loan Arsenal striker Campbell, the Everton winger floated a cross into the box in the 10th minute that was met by Borges and powered past goalkeeper Tim Howard. The USA finally managed to get some possession after Borges’ goal and had two long-range shots from Jermaine Jones and Fabian Johnson that perked Costa Rican goalkeeper Keilor Navas’ interest. Just before half-time, the USA managed to pull a goal back after Johnson was brought down in the area by Navas. Former Tottenham midfielder Dempsey stepped up to score the penalty home despite Navas getting a hand to the ball. Costa Rica retreated into their shell in the second-half, attempting to absorb the USA pressure and spring their own attacks quickly on the break. This tactic worked as Campbell found himself through on goal, kept his composure and rolled the ball past Howard to re-establish the two-goal lead. Adding to the loss, USA defender Besler was sent off for a second bookable offence 10 minutes from time.
FIFA World Cup Qualifying: Costa Rica 3 USA 1
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