Keylor Navas makes incredible saves for Costa Rica

In order to get into the World Cup Russia 2018, only the top three teams will qualify.

"It felt at times like we were playing in Costa Rica", said Costa Rica midfielder Bryan Ruiz. But the Americans wasted all that achievement in one night on Friday.

A goal in each half from Marco Urena condemned the U.S.to its first defeat since Bruce Arena took over as head coach for the second time, and left the national team in urgent need of a revival. Arena asked his central defenders to be superstars, and they were incapable of that. As the Americans chased the game and their fans grew more frustrated, the olés from Costa Rican fans grew louder.

None of this is atypical for a soccer game even on an worldwide level or CONCACAF for that matter. "Obviously, you could see early in the game that they always sent a second player to him". US defender Tim Ream hit a bouncing header that went just over the crossbar to start the second half. That balance has been now been upset, and the US finds itself needing victory instead of being content with a draw. It is an argument based in myth with no real tangible way of proving itself correct. Nor does it effectively prevent people from buying tickets on the secondary market. But the US will no doubt be made to suffer in the afternoon heat, something it didn't cope with well at all in a 2-1 defeat four years ago. A positive style of play that's designed, implemented and executed by a technical staff and group of players.


Suffice it to say, Arena has some rethinking to do in terms of his lineup choices in the upcoming match against Honduras. "Our backline made some mistakes, we didn't come up with any big saves, our attacking players weren't risky on the night".

"We're playing at home and I don't care what anyone says, we have a home-field advantage", Bruce Arena, the USA team's Brooklyn-born coach, said, as reported by the L.A. Times. "We lost to a team that played better than us tonight". "Right now Mexico and Costa Rica are I would think probably qualified".

The game works both ways. Rooting interests can change but only with effort and outreach from U.S. Soccer. It also marked the first time Costa Rica has shut out the U.S.in World Cup qualifying since a 0-0 draw in Columbus, Ohio, on October 11, 2000. "We tried to force them down the wings, tried to limit crosses, and keep them away from our goal". It is rare to see the United States 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.

Both goals were products of giveaways in bad spots, but the Costa Ricans also controlled midfield for the majority of the match and bottled up the Americans when they got within sight of goal. But where is that? Its game at the venue during the Copa America Centenario past year also lured a large contingent of its fans.


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