United States in peril as Urena double delivers for Costa Rica

United States in peril as Urena double delivers for Costa Rica

United States in peril as Urena double delivers for Costa Rica

United States midfielder Fabian Johnson, left, and Costa Rica defender Cristian Gamboa go up for the ball during the first half of a World Cup qualifying soccer match, Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.

In any case, the USA knew what its opponent was capable of, with Costa Rica having racked up a 4-0 victory at home last November, a result that led to Jurgen Klinsmann's dismissal as American head coach.

"We have to put this past us real quick", Arena said. "We have three games to go, nine points on the table, everything still to play for".

Urena spun around defender Tim Ream, then caught Tim Howard leaning and beat the goalkeeper to the far post in the 31st minute.

"We didn't make any plays that mattered", Arena said.

"We were probably outplayed in most areas of the field". "They outplayed us and outcoached us tonight". In order to get into the World Cup Russia 2018, only the top three teams will qualify. Cameron's give-away pass in his own end led directly to Costa Rica's second goal.

In other words, if Bruce Arena's crew takes seven points from three matches, it's not going to matter what happens in the other games.

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The Americans (2-3-2) will visit Honduras (2-3-2) for a Tuesday afternoon kickoff in boiling San Pedro Sula before wrapping up the schedule next month against Panama in Orlando, Florida, and at last-place Trinidad and Tobago. "So it's going to be a battle amongst the remaining four teams".

"Qualifying has been in jeopardy since previous year for most teams", he said. It is rare to see the U.S. outplayed at home in a World Cup qualifier, let alone lose one, even worse two in the same cycle for the first time since the qualification process for the 1958 World Cup. It completes the CONCACAF qualifying October 10 in Trinidad and Tobago. For violently shrugging off Kendall Waston in the final minutes, Dempsey was cautioned, as was Altidore, whose yellow card for a similar incident of indiscipline imposes a suspension on him for the Honduras game.

The result pushes Costa Rica into a tie with Mexico atop the Hex standings, and cranks up the pressure on the Yanks, who now risk being overhauled by Panama, Honduras or both in the race for the region's third and final automatic World Cup berth. During this time, the Americans won 9 wins, and 5 matches played a draw. Navas then made a sliding stop on Altidore just before Urena's second goal. The Americans remember that fiasco, they already avenged him on the Golden Cup, and in the upcoming match, they will also play only to win. I think he got a little frustrated.

San Jose Earthquakes forward Urena exposed slack defending in the United States back four in the 30th minute to fire Costa Rica ahead at the Red Bull Arena.

Appeals for a United States penalty were turned down by the referee in the 24th minute after Jozy Altidore fell to the ground inside the box after a low cross from Pulisic.

It was symbolic of the defensive breakdowns for the Americans throughout the match, as Costa Rica took advantage of its limited chances even though it had just 39 percent of the possession, per ESPNFC.

Urena got things started in the 30th minute, latching on to a through ball from Bryan Ruiz and outracing US defenders Geoff Cameron and Tim Ream deep into the USA end.

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