It wasn’t easy, but the United States Men’s National Team still found a way to get the job done against Costa Rica on Wednesday. The US national team allowed a goal after just 60 seconds, but managed to reverse the result for an important 2-1 victory in World Cup qualifying in Columbus.
After Costa Rica’s Keysher Fuller rebounded a cross from the back of the net in the first minute, the United States recovered to equalize on a superb goal from Sergino Dest. It eased the team’s nerves and the United States dictated the game with the game. -The winner came on a shot from Tim Weah coming off the post and the Costa Rican keeper before crossing the line. The Americans paused as the Costa Rican goalkeeper in question was not Paris Saint-Germain’s Keylor Navas, who left at half-time with a groin injury, making way for substitute Leonel Moreira.
Against the youngest starting XI in World Cup qualifying for the US national team, a decidedly older Costa Rican team struggled to keep up as the game progressed. This was most evident at 1-1 when Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz, 36, intercepted an American pass and escaped head-to-head against the goalkeeper. But 24-year-old defenseman Miles Robinson recovered smoothly to make up for his mistake and pushed the ball back just in time.
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US manager Gregg Berhalter has reintroduced seven players to the starting lineup and also gave center-back Chris Richards a first start. The other move that sparked much discussion was the relegation of goaltender Matt Turner to the bench in favor of Zack Steffen. Winger Paul Arriola suffered a right groin injury during warm-ups and was replaced in the starting lineup by Weah.
The US national team closes the October window with 11 points from six games and is in second place behind Mexico. The Americans’ next game is a showdown against the same Mexicans on Friday, November 12.
United States final score against Costa Rica
CRC – Keysher Fuller (Ronald Matarrita) – 1st min.
United States – Sergino Dest – 25th min.
United States – Leonel Moreira (own goal) – 66th min.
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FINAL: USA 2, Costa Rica 1
87th minute. : Luck for Costa Rica on a set piece! Bryan Ruiz commits the ball with his hand on the play, but it was tight. Before the play, Gyasi Zardes came for Pepi and Walker Zimmerman for Brenden Aaronson.
84th minute. : SUBS – The old guard is coming. Alvaro Saborio, Kendall Waston and Christian Bolanos all take the stage.
82nd minute. : Excellent cross from Busio and the keeper missed him, but Matthew Hoppe couldn’t react in time and it is over his head. Half a chance for the USA.
77th minute. : SUB – And there is the American replacement. It’s Gianluca Busio for Yunus Musah in central midfield. Subtitle identical.
73rd minute. : SUBS – USA brings DeAndre Yedlin and Matthew Hoppe for Sergino Dest and Tim Weah. It looks like Gianluca Busio is coming next.
70th minute. : The United States pays it. It’s a close goal for Costa Rica, but Moreira reacts in time before the ball crosses the goal line. It was Francisco Calvo who prevented a cross from reaching Ricardo Pepi who caused the commotion.
68th minute. : Another quick move from the USMNT and Tim Weah fires another shot that Moreira stops this time.
66th minute. : Goal USA! Keysher Fuller lets the ball pass him and it goes to Sergino Dest, who immediately sends Tim Weah and his first shot is from the near post, then goalkeeper Moreira. It’s 2-1 United States.
56th minute: What luck for Costa Rica! Captain Bryan Ruiz intercepts a pass from Miles Robinson and runs alone to goal, but it’s Miles Robinson who catches the 36-year-old and pushes the ball back. Five or 10 years ago this game was a goal for Costa Rica. What a letting go for the USA.