Keylor Navas makes incredible saves for Costa Rica

Oscar Cross
September 4, 2017

US goalkeeper Tim Howard, right, gets up after allowing a goal to Costa Rica forward Marco Urena during the first half of a World Cup qualifying soccer match, Friday, Sept. 1, in Harrison, N.J. "It's over with. We have to regroup and get our team ready for Tuesday". Tim Howard in goal and Geoff Cameron at center-back should bring enough steadiness to the USA defense to allow their side to get a result.

It was clear nearly right away that Ream and Cameron were having issues with Marco Ureña at the top of Costa Rica's formation, with the big striker's off-ball movement and ball pressure giving both of them fits. "You got a little schmutz on your face!"

Germany's 2-1 win at the Czech Republic was the world champion's seventh straight win in qualifying and maintained its five-point lead over Northern Ireland atop Group C with three rounds left. "We've got three games to play like our lives depend on it, and we will". But it's hard to think the Ticos will mail it in at home, and they're a significantly better team than Honduras. The team Costa Rica lost Gold Cup tournament in Semi Finals.

The streak slammed to a halt Friday night at Red Bull Arena against a Costa Rican team that proved to be tougher in defense and more ruthless in the attack.

"Give them credit, they came out with a very aggressive posture going up the field and, after conceding that first goal, they weren't going to come out a whole lot", Arena said.

With a draw between the United States and Honduras, both would have nine points but the Americans would remain ahead on goal differential. But they'll be facing a highly motivated US team in what is expected to be hot and rainy conditions.

After the match on Friday against Costa Rica at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, the USA plays Honduras at San Pedro Sula on September 5, and then closes against Panama on October 6 at Orlando, Fla., and at Trinidad four days later.

'We lost to a team that played better than us. we have to put this past us real quick and regroup for Tuesday. 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).

Not Tuesday, not October 6 against Panama in Orlando and not October 10 at Trinidad and Tobago. "I think Costa Rica probably enjoys coming to NY".

The host kept pushing for the equalizer, but Costa Rica would put the final dagger into the game in the 82nd minute when Cameron turned over the ball and Urena made him pay for the error as he fired his shot past Howard to send the Ticos fans in the stadium into momentous cheers as their team inched closer to automatic qualification to the World Cup.

The United States has qualified for the last seven World Cups. Stars such as Christian Pulisic, Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore, and Geoff Cameron will certainly be in the starting lineup.

Other candidates: left back DaMarcus Beasley, midfielders Paul Arriola, Kellyn Acosta and Alejandro Bedoya, and forwards Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris.

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