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The USMNT defense got exposed against Costa Rica

The USMNT defense got exposed against Costa Rica

Costa Rica shocked the United States with a 2-0 victory in a World Cup qualifying game Friday night on the strength of two goals from Marco Ureña in front of a sold-out crowd of 26,500 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. "It's over with. We have to regroup and get our team ready for Tuesday".

"We're going to have to have a short memory when it comes to this next game", right back Graham Zusi said after the Costa Rica match.

Juan Carlos Osorio's team faces Costa Rica on Tuesday in a game with implications for the rest of the teams in the Hex looking to follow Mexico's lead on the road to Russian Federation. "It's really disappointing, but I don't think much will be missed". Los Ticos have three wins, two draws and only one loss and a goal differential of five as opposed to the US's goal differential of three. The US appealed for a penalty, but the referee continued play. It appeared the team found another spark when he entered, especially when they had a free kick later on. Costa Rica in the first round defeated the Americans 4-0, after which there were changes in the coaching staff of the "Yankees".

Jeff Carlisle covers MLS and the USA national team for ESPN FC. "The more that he went down that side, I was anxious about him slotting the ball near post because Timmy [Ream] was on his back shoulder".

During its unbeaten run under head coach Bruce Arena, the USA national team had ridden through some rough passages and overcome adversity to last through 14 games without defeat. "They outplayed us and outcoached us tonight".

For the US, it's the third time in team history that it has lost by multiple goals while playing a World Cup qualifier on their home turf. But it is more likely the Americans will need points from their last two matches, at home versus Panama on October 6 and at Trinidad four days later. I'd suspect that thinking could influence Arena to start Guzan more than what Howard did to contribute to Costa Rica's first goal on Friday. With kickoff set for 3:30 p.m. local time, the weather forecast calls for 90 degrees and 80 percent humidity, making it feel like 106.

They head into Honduras off a stinging loss and without Jozy Altidore due to yellow card accumulation and with more pressure than they've faced in the entire qualifying cycle thanks to a troubling reality becoming a worrying possibility.

The solution might be to bring in Kellyn Acosta for Johnson and play him alongside Bradley, a move that would shore the spine defensively, and move Darlington Nagbe to left midfield to get more wing-to-wing balance.

The African champion was humbled on Friday, with Cameroon losing 4-0 in Nigeria to see its World Cup hopes slipping away. Desperate for a goal, Arena finished the match with four forwards after inserting Dempsey in the 65th minute and Jordan Morris in the 84th.

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