It has been nine months since the United States Men’s National Team’s 4-0 World Cup qualifier loss to Costa Rica, but the result still haunts the Americans. The U.S. is in third place in the Hex, three points behind Los Ticos and six points behind undefeated Mexico. Costa Rica and the U.S. both need a win in this match to all but guarantee a spot in Russia.
The all-time series is tied 15-15-5 and the teams each have 13 points in the head-to-head series since 2011. Although the Yanks lost 4-0 in the last qualifier to Costa Rica, the Americans beat Los Ticos 2-0 in this year’s Gold Cup. Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey each scored in the final 20 minutes to book a place in the Gold Cup final.
Head Coach Bruce Arena called on veteran experience to help his side move up the table. All of the 26 players called up have national team experience in 2017 alone. This team also consists of 18 members of the 2017 Gold Cup champions.
Dempsey will look to move alone on top of the USMNT’s all-time scoring sheet. He is currently tied with Landon Donovan on 57 goals, but his 18 qualifier goals is the most in USMNT history, and his four goals against Los Ticos is also an American record.
Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest), Tim Ream (Fulham), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City).
Midfielders: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Paul Arriola (D.C. United), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC).
Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (Hamburg).
Goalkeepers: Leonel Moreira (Herediano), Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense), Keylor Navas (Real Madrid).
Defenders: Johnny Acosta (Herediano), Francisco Calvo (Minnesota United FC), Cristian Gamboa (Celtic), Giancarlo Gonzalez (Bologna), Kenner Gutierrez (Alajuelense), Bryan Oviedo (Sunderland), Jose Salvatierra (Alajuelense), Michael Umaña (Pars Jonoubi), Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps FC).
Midfielders: Randall Azofeifa (Herediano), Christian Bolaños (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Celso Borges (Deportivo La Coruña), David Guzmán (Portland Timbers), Bryan Ruíz (Sporting Lisbon), Yeltsin Tejeda (Lausanne-Sport), Johan Venegas (Minnesota United FC), Rodney Wallace (New York City FC).
Forwards: Daniel Colindres (Saprissa), Josê Ortiz (Herediano), David Ramírez (Saprissa), Marco Ureña (San Jose Earthquakes).
How to Watch
Match Time: 6:30 p.m. ET.
Venue: Red Bull Arena — Harrison, N.J.
TV: ESPN, Univision, UDN.
Streaming: ESPN3, Univision Deportes USA.
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