The United States Men’s National Team will look to get back on track after their first loss in World Cup qualifying as they prepare to meet a Costa Rican side that have come back from the dead in his attempt to travel to Qatar 2022.
An American team with seven new starters in their previous 2-0 win over Jamaica recorded what was arguably America’s worst performance of the Gregg Berhalter era on Sunday, failing to register a single shot on target in the match on Sunday. ‘a 1-0 loss to Panama. Berhalter’s decision to have the team spinning strongly was criticized, but he made it clear that this was a bet the win came for on Wednesday.
“It obviously doesn’t seem like the best choice, but I think we have to wait until Thursday,” Berhalter said after the loss to Panama. “If we were going to play the same players [vs. Jamaica on Thursday] in this game [vs. Panama on Sunday], I’m not sure we would position ourselves in the best way to win again on Wednesday [vs. Costa Rica]. Again, the conditions we are dealing with [in Panama] with the travel and the weather made things complicated. And we had to make, I guess, a somewhat risky decision. “
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Winning your home games is essential in qualifying for the World Cup and Wednesday’s opponent showed why. In 2017, Costa Rica traveled to Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, and beat the United States 2-0 in a qualifying game that ultimately cost the Americans a Cup spot. World Cup 2018. This match was also Ticos’ last victory against the United States; They have experienced a period of slow decline since the end of the 2018 World Cup, with a mediocre 8-8-11 in all games and due to fire their coach in June.
It was the experienced hand Luis Fernando Suarez who was named to take over a Costa Rican side in desperate need of a generational change. But Suarez still deploys the old guard, and it was these veteran heroes who helped Ticos draw a draw in Honduras last week and save a 2-1 win over El Salvador on Sunday. PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas was the star, making a key save in both matches to preserve the results. These four points bring Costa Rica back into the qualifying mix.
Berhalter is expected to field his first-choice USA side again, with new goalscorer Ricardo Pepi, who will have his work cut out for beating Navas. The 18-year-old is one of 13 US players aged 23 or under, while Costa Rica has 12 players aged 30 or older. It makes for a fascinating battle of youth against cunning with valuable points down the line.
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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 +
USA 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 7-day free trial for 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. It is the home of Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew, which opened in July.
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. But two of those players carry injuries in the game.
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Berhalter sounded cautious about pain in McKennie’s right quad (“he’s making progress”) and a “little problem” with Robinson’s knee. Both took part in final training in the United States, but if either of them isn’t ready to go, Gianluca Busio (midfielder) and George Bello (left-back) could be called upon.
And since it wouldn’t be an American squad without a controversial selection: there are also rumors that Zack Steffen will take over in the goal for Matt Turner.
Update: Learning that we will see a rotation in the USMNT goalie position tonight. I expect Zack Steffen to replace Matt Turner when he returns to Columbus.
Steffen has been No.1 for most of Berhalter’s tenure, but the timing can raise eyebrows nonetheless.
– Charles Boehm (@cboehm) October 13, 2021
US projected starting XI (4-3-3, left to right): 13-Zack Steffen-GK – 5-Antonee Robinson, 12-Miles Robinson, 3-Walker Zimmerman, 2-Sergino Dest – 8-Weston McKennie, 4-Tyler Adams, 6-Yunus Musah – 19-Matthew Hoppe, 16-Ricardo Pepi, 11-Brenden Aaronson
Submarines planned for the United States: 1-Matt Turner-GK, 22-Shaq Moore, 21-George Bello, 18-Mark McKenzie, 15-Chris Richards, 23-Kellyn Acosta, 17-Sebastian Lletget, 14-Gianluca Busio, 10-Cristian Roldan, 20-Tim Weah, 9-Gyasi Zardes, 7-Paul Arriola (Others: Sean Johnson, Luca de la Torre, DeAndre Yedlin)
Costa Rica had to replace Joel Campbell (sprained right ankle) and Jose Guillermo Ortiz (test positive for COVID-19) and opted for Alvaro Saborio, 39, and Christian Bolanos, 27, veterans of countless states- United against Costa Rica. clashes.
There is speculation that Costa Rica could go for a 5-3-2 lineup, which has proven successful for them in the past.
Costa Rica’s projected starting XI (5-2-3, left to right): 1-Keylor Navas-GK – 22-Ronald Matarrita, 15-Francisco Calvo, 6-Oscar Duarte, 19-Kendall Waston, 2-Ricardo Blanco – 5-Celso Borges, 10-Bryan Ruiz, 17-Yeltsin Tejeda – 11-Randall Leal, 9-Jonathan Moya
Submarines planned for Costa Rica: 23-Leonel Moreira-GK, 18-Aaron Cruz-GK, 20-Fernan Faerron, 4-Keysher Fuller, 8-Bryan Oviedo, 3-Juan Pablo Vargas, 13-Orlando Galo Calderon, 2-Youstin Salas, 14-Jimmy Marin , 7-Johan Venegas, 16-Kenneth Vargas, Christian Bolanos, Alvaro Saborio, Luis Diaz
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