Costa Rica Crushes USMNT 4-0 In World Cup QualifyingBy Kelly Sanders Nov 27, 2016
The Americans have never won a qualifier in Costa Rica, but they dominated the last match between the two sides, 4-0, in Copa America Centenario. The other is Trinidad and Tobago, and the Soca Warriors are not exactly on the same level as the Americans when it comes to soccer resources.
This is a big game for the United States in qualifying after a 2-1 loss to Mexico. After this match, qualifiers don't resume until the USA hosts Honduras on March 24.
Klinsmann has failed to catapult the US squad to the heights predicted with so many bright young stars making an impact overseas for their club teams.
A failure to win the 2015 Gold Cup on home soil, when his team was eliminated in the semi-finals, was followed by defeat to Mexico in a play-off to determine CONCACAF's representatives at the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russian Federation.
Mexico is the top ranked country in CONCACAF at No. 17 while Costa Rica ranks 18 and the U.S.is No. 24 respectively.
The U.S. then lost seven consecutive qualifiers by a combined 16-5 at San Jose's Estadio Saprissa, where fans were right behind the benches and some threw bags of urine at the visitors.
Costa Rica (2-0), a 2014 World Cup quarterfinalist, leads the hex with six points, followed by Mexico and Panama, both 1-0-1 following Tuesday night's 0-0 draw in Panama City.
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Tuchel , though, believes a match against Bayern could be the flawless tonic. "It is football, anything is possible. That is key in this game, and that will get the viewing public on our side.
Brad Guzan was in goal after Tim Howard was injured against Mexico. It was the second setback in five days and the worst loss in a qualifier since 1980. And, with eight matches remaining and three automatic places along with one playoff spot available for Russian Federation 2018, there remains ample opportunity for the U.S.to overcome its nightmare start.
"We have to look forward, pick ourselves up", forward Jozy Altidore said. Costa Rica scored two more.
The national team of Costa Rica is one of the most renowned teams has achieved good results in its history in the global arena.
While the Americans have never fared well here, and now carry a 0-9-1 all-time record in the Costa Rican capital, this was arguably the lowest point of Klinsmann's time in charge.
Klinsmann, 52, a former champion striker, has been in charge of the USA men's team since 2011. "Again, I think we've always found a good way of doing that in the past and I have full confidence that we'll do the same thing [on Tuesday]". Sure, you could point to key absences in the likes of Clint Dempsey, Geoff Cameron and Tim Howard, as well as Gyasi Zardes and Alejandro Bedoya, but those absences don't excuse just how awful the US looked. Coming off a big loss in the Klinsmann reign, the U.S. is looking for a huge result away in Saprissa, Costa Rica.
There was some whistling during "The Star-Spangled Banner" from the capacity crowd of about 35,000 in Estadio Nacional, where the field is surrounded by an athletics track and crowd noise dissipates - even from a band in the second deck.
Those were strong words of solidarity from Bradley, who was called out by his manager along with Jermaine Jones following the Mexico loss for failing to execute the team's gameplan in midfield in the opening 25 minutes of the match.
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