With a home win over Costa Rica in Columbus on Wednesday night, the US Men’s National Team can put aside all the controversy and gossip around roster selection, coach tactics and ability. of American players to stand out.
The Americans’ first loss in 2022 World Cup qualifying on Sunday – and the way it came about, without a single shot on goal in Panama – sparked a wave of panic that is unlikely to be quelled without a convincing victory against Costa, 44th. The Ricans, who occupy the sixth place in the qualification standings. They can still overtake second place in the USMNT with a surprise victory.
It was the Ticos who inflicted a painful home defeat on the United States in the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign, and that ultimately resulted in a shocking early elimination from that tournament. Costa Rica will field several of those same veteran players against an American side that should have their first-choice roster after manager Gregg Berhalter, trying to keep the players fresh, made seven roster changes on Sunday.
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Sporting News will follow the event live and provide scores updates, commentaries and highlights as they become available:
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(All Eastern hours)
6:55 p.m .: The hour of the hymn. And the Ticos are in the black and white alternative kits.
6:47 p.m .: Paul Arriola injured during warm-ups. Tim Weah in:
6:29 p.m .: Wide angle of history for tonight’s game. I still can’t get past Bolanos, 37, and Saborio, 39 (!!) in the squad.
#USMNT are almost 9 years old a man younger than their #CostaRica counterparts for tonight #WCQ in Columbus – USA 188 combined selections… visitors 737. Does the exuberance of youth triumph over the gnarled experience? @TaylorTwellman is in communication with me ESPN2 & @ESPNPlus 6.30ET
– Jon Champion (@JonChampionJC) October 13, 2021
6:00 p.m .: Ticos goes five in the back. They want to make life hard for Pepi & Co.
17:46: Let the debate over composition begin. Zack Steffen starting in place of Matt Turner (did he deserve to be substituted?), Paul Arriola getting another start and Chris Richards making his first USMNT start in a big game.
5.45 p.m .: ESPN offers a pre-match show on its social media with Jermaine Jones, Kasey Keller and Seb Salazar:
17:31: A reminder of why this match is not a child’s play:
#USMNT-Costa Rica, 6 CT on ESPN2. ??
Costa Rica have won three consecutive World Cup qualifiers against the United States, including a 2-0 Hex victory at Red Bull Arena in 2017.
– Paul Carr (@PaulCarr) October 13, 2021
17:27: What we assume to be the arriving USMNT bus with its Lower.com Field escort in Columbus:
United States vs. Costa Rica: lineup
The Americans will benefit from the return of goalie Zack Steffen, midfielder Weston McKennie and left-back Antonee Robinson after all three skipped the USMNT trip to Panama. Two of those players were injured before the game – McKennie (right quadro) and Robinson (knee) – but passed the fitness test.
MORE: Berhalter doesn’t regret fielding his training against Panama
US starting XI (4-3-3, left to right): 13-Zack Steffen-GK – 5-Antonee Robinson, 12-Miles Robinson, 15-Chris Richards, 2-Sergino Dest – 8-Weston McKennie, 4-Tyler Adams, 6-Yunus Musah – 11-Brenden Aaronson, 16-Ricardo Pepi, 20-Tim Weah
American submarines: 1-Matt Turner-GK, 22-DeAndre Yedlin, 21-George Bello, 18-Mark McKenzie, 3-Walker Zimmerman, 23-Kellyn Acosta, 17-Gianluca Busio, 10-Cristian Roldan, 19-Matthew Hoppe, 9-Gyasi Zardes (Not in the squad: Sean Johnson, Shaq Moore, Sebastian Lletget, Paul Arriola – warm-up injuries)
Costa Rica had to replace Joel Campbell (sprained right ankle) and Jose Guillermo Ortiz (tested positive for COVID-19), opting for Alvaro Saborio, 39, and Christian Bolanos, 27, veterans of countless clashes between the United States and Costa Rica. . Costa Rica appear to be going with a 5-3-2 formation, which has proven successful in the past.
Starting XI from Costa Rica (5-2-3, left to right): 1-Keylor Navas-GK – 22-Ronald Matarrita, 15-Francisco Calvo, 6-Oscar Duarte, 4-Keysher Fuller, 2-Ricardo Blanco – 5-Celso Borges, 10-Bryan Ruiz (c), 17-Yeltsin Tejeda – 11-Johan Venegas, 21-Jonathan Moya
Costa Rica submarines: 23-Leonel Moreira-GK, 18-Aaron Cruz-GK, 20-Fernan Faerron, 19-Kendall Waston, 8-Bryan Oviedo, 3-Juan Pablo Vargas, 13-Orlando Galo, 16-Youstin Salas, 14-Jimmy Marin, 12-Randall Leal, 7-Christian Bolanos, 9-Alvaro Saborio (Not in the squad: Luis Diaz, Kenneth Vargas)
How to watch the United States vs Costa Rica
- Dated: Wednesday October 13
- Time: 7 p.m. ET
- TV channels: ESPN2
- Television in Spanish: UniMas, TUDN
- Diffusion: fuboTV, ESPN +
The United States vs. Costa Rica will air on ESPN2 (English) and UniMas and TUDN (Spanish) with all three channels streaming on fuboTV. New subscribers can get a seven-day free trial of the streaming service.
The game, which will also be available to stream on ESPN +, will be held at the new Lower.com Field in Columbus, Ohio. It is the home of Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew, which opened in July.
USA vs Costa Rica betting odds and prediction
Odds courtesy of DraftKings
To take: USA -1.25 Asian Handicap (+100)
After a dismal performance on Sunday, it’s hard not to see the Americans pedaling all the way against a Costa Rican team that is no longer the opposition it once was. The Americans will be fresher, they will have a passionate home crowd behind them and, with Ricardo Pepi on the pitch from the start, they will have the best chances of scoring multiple goals. The only thing standing in the way is a lightless performance from Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas.
The Asian Handicap -1.25 offers some insurance (half the stake is refunded) in case the Americans win by only one goal.
In case you like the story: The United States are 6-2-1 against Costa Rica in the World Cup playoffs played on American soil and are 7-1-2 against all the regional qualifiers in Columbus.
Prediction: United States 2, Costa Rica 0
- Moneyline: USA -270 / Draw +350 / Costa Rica +650
- Disseminate: United States -1.5 (+125) / Costa Rica +1.5 (-170)
- O / U 2.5 total goals: Over +110 / Under -140
- The two teams score: Yes +145 / No -195