Costa Rica vs. Mexico: Time, Channel & Lineup

Esther Moore
September 6, 2017

Costa Rica, having defeated the United States team 2: 0 in the last round on the road, made a decisive step towards a direct hit on the world championship.

Following up on their win on Friday against the U.S., Costa Rica's national team, "La Sele", is looking for a repeat this afternoon against Mexico.

Victory over Panama and Trinidad in their final two games will seal a berth at an eighth consecutive World Cup. If the USA had lost, it would have needed help from other teams in securing a berth.

Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez and Jesus "Tecatito" Corona drop to the bench in a decision coach Juan Carlos Osorio surely took in part because his team's place in next summer's tournament already is secure.

United States captain Michael Bradley sounded a defiant note in the immediate aftermath of Friday's loss to Costa Rica, when his team were punished for sloppy defending by some expert counter-attacking by the 2014 World Cup quarter-finalists. But in CONCACAF, more frequently it means a disappointing display against a Central American minnow.

Two minutes later the roof fell in on the U.S. Gonzalez stretched on a desperation tackle, but Quioto kept his balance and recovered to collect a ideal through ball from Alexander López before putting a shot off the near post and into the net.

The last time the United States Men's National Team played Honduras, there was angst in the air.

At the opening kickoff the ball came straight to the USA captain, Michael Bradley. Moments later, he turned to forward Wood in place of Nagbe. In a 1-1 draw with Panama days later, Pulisic again assisted Dempsey for the lone American goal.

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Although there was no end product, the US looked lively.

They went to great lengths, over several years, to woo Jurgen Klinsmann and provide him everything he said he needed in the quest for a definitive, transformative leap forward on the global stage. "In the two games in qualifying remaining, we have everything to play for".

Pulisic and Dempsey celebrating after the Borussia Dortmund star scored just fifteen seconds into the second half against Honduras in March. He headed it back to the center of the box, where striker Bobby Wood chested it to his right foot and toe-poked it into the back of the net. Urena slotted the ball to the far post, past the goalkeeper's outstretched right arm.

A late equaliser by substitute Bobby Wood earned US a share of the spoils against hosts Honduras, who led through a Romell Quioto strike just before the half-hour mark.

In the game, the US put only four shots on goal, compared to six by Honduras. On the other side of the pitch, the goal they allowed was the result of another baffling defensive lapse, this time by Omar Gonzalez. But while the Ticos managed to have a short enough memory to forget their own rough passing, the USA did not.

Now on slightly firmer footing, the US will aim to find more dynamic form. The USMNT is on the road in Honduras with an early start and a pressing need for three points.

We told ourselves that would be the new normal, that it was finally time to join the planet's elite teams - to launch ourselves into the top 10 world powerhouses, and stay there.

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