Costa Rica vs Mexico World Cup Qualifying Match Preview

Costa Rica vs Mexico World Cup Qualifying Match Preview

Costa Rica vs Mexico World Cup Qualifying Match Preview

It rebounded to Besler on the left, whose overhead kick was headed backward by Cameron, touched by Morris and then chested down and tucked into the back of the net by Wood. Then your national sport gets a chance to play the US.

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The United States suffered a 0-2 loss to Costa Rica in the previous game. How will Bruce Arena and the players adapt to what they learned on Friday night?

Bradley said that carrying a yellow card - something he has to do since picking up one in a qualifier in Costa Rica last November - requires discipline. His long-ball tactics and lineup decisions against Honduras almost proved disastrous.

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And yet it all worked out.

A late equalizer from substitute Bobby Wood earned the United States a valuable point after a 1-1 draw against Honduras in a World Cup qualifier in San Pedro Sula on Tuesday. The ball came in from the right side, and in less than 10 seconds Germany's Leon Goretzka made it 1-0. Considering the USA was able to beat Honduras 6-0 at home back in March, it feels like the team is moving backwards right when it should be starting to peak.

Admittedly, the conditions in Honduras were less than ideal, with the USA up against both a hostile crowd and oppressive heat that necessitated a first-half hydration break. This became very clear this past June when the team faced Germany in the semifinals of the Confederations Cup and El Tri conceded the first goal. "Welcome to World Cup qualifying in CONCACAF".

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Kasey Keller talks the positives and negatives from the United States' 1-1 draw on the road against Honduras.

Two minutes later the roof fell in on the U.S. Gonzalez stretched on a desperation tackle, but Quioto kept his balance and recovered to collect a ideal through ball from Alexander López before putting a shot off the near post and into the net. Gonzalez had another opportunity to tackle Quioto but whiffed, and Quito took advantage of that gift by rifling a shot in the right corner. But while the Ticos managed to have a short enough memory to forget their own rough passing, the U.S. did not.

"We're not anxious", Bradley said. "We'll go back to our clubs and get ready for those two games in a month or so". I'm really proud of our team. In 103 games for Costa Rica, the captain of the Ticos has scored 23 goals. And it also overstates, by a smidge, the desperate situation the Americans would have encountered had they not squeezed a point from this game.

Team USA, which was playing without Jozy Altidore on Tuesday, has two more matches before qualification concludes.

Costa Rica will continue its effort to clinch a World Cup spot with a match against Honduras at the National Stadium on October 6. The fourth-place finisher will compete in a home-and-home playoff against the fifth place team from the Asian Confederation, which will either be Syria or Australia. If Hex play ended today, the USMNT would qualify.

Maybe not a lot less, though. Credit to Bobby, he came in and scored a nice goal.

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