Announcer goes insane after Whitecaps' Waston sends Costa Rica to World Cup

Arnold Nichols
October 9, 2017

Costa Rica's dramatic late goal means the United States need at most a draw at Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday night to qualify for their eighth-straight World Cup berth.

Panama or Honduras loom as the most likely opponents for Australia should the Socceroos progress in their World Cup playoff tie against Syria.

The match had been postponed by 24 hours after heavy rainfall, and a 66th minute goal from Eddie Hernandez for Honduras may have also delayed Costa Rican celebrations.

Costa Rica had a golden chance to take the lead in the 60th minute.

Giancarlo Gonzalez headed the ball toward the right flank.

It was looking grim for La Sele, but time was on Costa Rica's side in tonight's World Cup qualifier.

Costa Rica has 16 points and is second in the final round of North and Central American and Caribbean region behind Mexico, which has 21 points and clinched last month.

Given the U.S. MNT's advantage in goal difference on both Honduras and Panama, a draw in Trinidad & Tobago would nearly certainly do the job for head coach Bruce Arena's side.

The draw is good news for the USA men's national team, which is jockeying with Honduras and Panama for CONCACAF's final slots. A seven- and 12-goal lead on each side means a USA draw would technically give hope to the chasing pair, but only a slim one.

The United States now occupies third place in the table after beating Panama 4-0 on Friday night, which leaves Bruce Arena's side in control of its own destiny heading into the final match of the Hexagonal. They were quarter-finalists in Brazil in 2014 and reached the knockout stage in Italy in 1990.

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