No time to cry! Following a disappointing loss at home to Mexico, Team USA will fly down to Costa Rica for a Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier on Nov. 15. Can the Americans recover and keep their World Cup dreams alive? Click to watch and find out!
The United States Men’s National Team is still stinging over their 2-1 loss to Mexico, but it’s time to put that defeat in the rear-view mirror. The CONCACAF qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russia won’t wait. Team captain Michael Bradley, 29, will lead the charge at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica in San Jose when the game kicks off at 9:05 PM ET. Don’t miss a single exciting second.
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So much for “Dos a cero.” The “2-0” chant was America’s battle cry since 2001, as they had defeated their Mexican rivals by that score for four-straight games at Columbus field. That came to a halt on Nov. 11 when El Tri trounced their northern neighbors, 2-1. Things aren’t looking better for the Yankees, as they have a 10-game losing streak in Costa Rica, according to MLS Soccer. It’s possible the US could score 0 points during the first two match days of the CONCACAF hexagonal.
The stakes could not be any higher, especially for manager Jurgen Klinsmann, 52. The coach sent out an unusual 3-defender, 5-midfielder, 2-forward formation that the US hadn’t tried in two years, per Sports Illustrated. Mexico was already up 1-0 when Jurgen finally adjusted his failing plan. He’s unlikely to take a similar risk in this trip to Costa Rica.
“The message is very simple,” coach Klinsmann said on Nov. 11. “We’ve got to go down there and get a result, which we will do.” Well, he’s not completely wrong. The US is used to coming from behind. When they were on the verge of being eliminated from the WCQ tournament, they defeated Guatemala, 4-0, to stay alive and ultimately advance. Michael Bradley says that one of the USMNT’s “strengths” is its ability to “respond on big days and be able to close the door.” They better, or else it’s going to slam in the team’s face.
The last time these two teams met, the Americans scored a 4-0 win over Los Ticos at the start of the Copa America. That was the debut of the 4-4-2 format that gave the USMNT the edge they need to compete with their CONCACAF rivals. Will they remember their strengths in time or will they end up 0-2?
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