Through a Lens: United States vs Costa Rica

Pulisic cam? ESPN to offer isolated view of young star during Costa Rica match

Pulisic cam? ESPN to offer isolated view of young star during Costa Rica match

Even after a 2-0 home defeat to Costa Rica, even after Honduras pulled even in the points race for the last automatic berth, even with mounting pressure heading into the final three World Cup qualifiers, the US national soccer team does not have to win Tuesday in Honduras. "It's over with. We've got to regroup and get our team ready to play on Tuesday". Urena shot from the left side past goalkeeper Tim Howard into the net.

Costa Rican defender Bryan Oviedo heads a ball out of the box away from US forward Bobby Wood in the first half. "It's really disappointing, but I don't think much will be missed".

When the teams met in the infamous 1985 World Cup qualifier in Southern California, Costa Rican colors predominated in the crowd of 11,800 and the festivities included musicians and folk dancers in traditional dress. This team will be one of the outsiders to go far in the tournament next year with the likes of Hazard, Lukaku and DeBruyne, Beligum has it all to make a run. "We've got three games to play like our lives depend on it, and we will". Cameron and Ream are decent players, but they're not good enough to cover for a team without a midfield. Will the United States be able to thwart the offense of Costa Rica?

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They face Costa Rica on Friday at Red Bull Arena. Costa Rica then scored on its very next attack, with Urena once again the hero, slotting past Howard.

This loss snaps the United States' unbeaten streak of 17 competitive home games vs. Costa Rica.

USA. Given that Honduras has to face group leaders Costa Rica and Mexico in its last two games, getting three points at home against the U.S.is imperative. "They outplayed us and outcoached us tonight". But when he's played with someone like Ream, who is neither significantly quicker or significantly better technically, his weaknesses are exposed. One of the U.S., Honduras or Panama will not even make the playoff-and the U.S. has the benefit of playing head-to-head against Honduras (on Tuesday) and Panama (in Orlando next month).

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The U.S. closes out its campaign by taking on Panama at home on October 6 and Trinidad and Tobago on the road four days later. The Yanks will also know that a couple poor performances can put qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in jeopardy.

As Christian Pulisic warmed up for training ahead of Friday's critical World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica, retired goalkeeper Kasey Keller marveled at the young American star who might wind up the country's best ever. 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.

Front line: With Altidore suspended, I'd like to see Bobby Wood get a chance to be a lone forward who can stretch the defense. 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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