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Can Gregg Berhalter become the third USMNT coach ever to win his first two games in charge?

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Welcome to your match thread as the United States Men’s National Team takes on Costa Rica. This is the second game of this calendar year and will be Gregg Berhalter’s second game as the USMNT head coach.

In his first game in charge, Berhalter became the first coach since Bob Bradley in 2007 to win his first game. The Yanks crushed Panama 3-0, with goals from Djordje Mihailovic, Walker Zimmerman, and Christian Ramirez. Berhalter also gave seven players their first ever international cap — Ramirez, Nick Lima, Jonathan Lewis, Corey Baird, Jeremy Ebobisse, Daniel Lovitz, and Mihailovic.

Another four Americans could be given their first cap for the U.S. today — defenders Mark McKenzie, Keegan Rosenberry, and Auston Trusty, and midfielder Russell Canouse. Michael Bradley is the most senior player on the team. His 143 caps are more than the rest of the team’s combined total.

This will be the 38th time that the U.S. and Costa Rica meet. Los Ticos hold a slight advantage in the all-time series, 16-15-6. The last time these two teams met was back in 2017. The Yanks lost 2-0 in the World Cup qualifier. San Jose Earthquakes striker Marco Ureña scored a brace that marked then-head coach Bruce Arena’s first loss in 15 games since replacing Jurgen Klinsmann.

This will be the first match for Costa Rica’s head coach Gustavo Manotas. He has also brought in an inexperienced squad, with eight uncapped players.



Goalkeepers (2): Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 6/0), Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew SC; 7/0).

Defenders (8): Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas; 2/0), Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes; 1/0), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 3/0), Daniel Lovitz (Montreal Impact/CAN; 1/0), Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union; 0/0), Keegan Rosenberry (Colorado Rapids; 0/0), Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union; 0/0), Walker Zimmerman (LAFC; 5/2).

Midfielders (10): Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 18/2), Corey Baird (Real Salt Lake; 1/0), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN; 143/17), Russell Canouse (D.C. United; 0/0), Marky Delgado (Toronto FC/CAN; 6/0), Jonathan Lewis (New York City FC; 1/0), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 6/1), Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago Fire; 1/1), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 6/0), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 12/0).

Forwards (3): Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland Timbers, 1/0), Christian Ramirez (LAFC; 1/1), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew SC; 41/6).

Costa Rica

Goalkeepers (2): Esteban Alvarado (Alajuelense; 11/0), Kevin Chamorro (Carmelita; 0/0), Marco Madrigal (San Carlos; 1/0).

Defenders (6): Pablo Arboine (Santos de Guápiles; 0/0), Francisco Calvo (Minnesota United FC/USA; 43/4), Waylon Francis (Seattle Sounders FC/USA; 5/0), Keysher Fuller (Herediano; 0/0), Jaikel Medina (Saprissa; 0/0), Joseph Mora (D.C. United/USA; 2/0), Yostin Salinas (Saprissa; 2/0).

Midfielders (8): José Alfaro (Carmelita; 0/0), Ronaldo Araya (Cartaginés; 0/0), José Miguel Cubero (Alajuelense; 51/2), David Guzmán (Portland Timbers/USA; 52/0), Marvin Loría (Portland Timbers/USA; 0/0), Jimmy Marín (Herediano; 3/0), Néstor Monge (Cartaginés; 5/0), Barlon Sequeira (Alajuelense; 1/0).

Forwards (2): Jonathan McDonald (Alajuelense; 11/1), José Guillermo Ortiz (Herediano; 6/2), Jean Scott (Guadalupe; 0/0), Yendrick Ruiz (Herediano; 8/0).

How to Watch

Match Time: 3:30 p.m. ET.

Venue: Avaya Stadium — San Jose, Cal.

TV: FOX, Univision.

Streaming: Fubo TV, Univision NOW, FOX Sports GO.

Twitter: For rapid reaction and live updates, follow along at @ussoccer and @TheManeLand. Also, be sure to follow @StarsAndStripesFC.

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