With a house win towards Costa Rica in Columbus on Wednesday night time, the U.S. males’s nationwide workforce can put aside all of the controversy and chatter across the lineup choice, the coach’s techniques and the U.S. gamers’ potential to return via in a giant spot.
The Americans’ first 2022 World Cup qualifying loss on Sunday — and the style during which it occurred, and not using a single shot on purpose in Panama — ignited a wave of panic that may most likely not be quelled and not using a convincing win towards the Forty fourth-ranked Costa Ricans, who sit in sixth place within the qualifying standings. They can nonetheless overtake the second-place USMNT with an upset win.
It was the Ticos who handed the USA a painful residence loss within the 2018 World Cup qualifying marketing campaign, and it finally resulted in a surprising early elimination from that event. Costa Rica will area a number of of those self same veteran gamers towards a U.S. workforce that ought to have its first-choice lineup after supervisor Gregg Berhalter, attempting to maintain gamers recent, made seven adjustments to the lineup on Sunday.
Sporting News will comply with the occasion live and offering rating updates, commentary and highlights as they’re obtainable:
USA vs. Costa Rica rating
CRC — Keysher Fuller (Ronald Matarrita) — 1st min.
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third min.: It seemed like Zack Steffen ought to’ve finished higher on that one, instantly calling into query Gregg Berhalter’s choice to start out him over Matt Turner.
2nd min.: Goal Costa Rica!!! Cross by Ronald Matarrita from the left and Keysher Fuller on the far submit bounces the ball in previous Steffen. There was a query as as to if there was a participant offside screening Steffen, however the purpose stands.
1st min.: We’re underway. Costa Rica with the early possession and lengthy ball. Zack Steffen has to return off his line to move the ball away.
6:59 p.m.: Paul Arriola’s damage – proper groin
Update: Right groin damage for Paul Arriola.
— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) October 13, 2021
6:59 p.m.: Pregame tifo and it is factually correct, too:
6:55 p.m.: Anthem time. And the Ticos are within the black-and-white alternate kits.
6:47 p.m.: Paul Arriola injured in warmups. Tim Weah in:
6:29 p.m.: Big story angle for tonight’s match. Still cannot recover from 37-year-old Bolanos and 39-year-old Saborio (!!) on the workforce.
#USMNT are almost 9 years a person youthful than their #CostaRica counterparts for tonight’s #WCQ in Columbus – USA 188 caps mixed…the guests 737. Does youthful exuberance overcome gnarled expertise? @TaylorTwellman is on the decision with me 📺 ESPN2 & @ESPNPlus 6.30ET
— Jon Champion (@JonChampionJC) October 13, 2021
6:00 p.m.: Ticos going 5 within the again. They wish to make life powerful on Pepi & Co.
5:46 p.m.: Let the lineup debate start. Zack Steffen beginning instead of Matt Turner (did he deserve to get replaced?), Paul Arriola getting one other begin and Chris Richards making his first USMNT begin in a giant sport.
5:45 p.m.: ESPN has a pregame present on its social channels that includes Jermaine Jones, Kasey Keller and Seb Salazar:
5:31 p.m.: A reminder of why this match isn’t any cinch:
#USMNT-Costa Rica, 6 CT on ESPN2. 🇺🇸🇨🇷
Costa Rica has gained three straight World Cup qualifiers vs the U.S., together with a 2-0 Hex win at Red Bull Arena in 2017.
— Paul Carr (@PaulCarr) October 13, 2021
5:27 p.m.: What we presume to be the USMNT bus arriving with its escort Lower.com Field in Columbus:
USA vs. Costa Rica: Lineups
The Americans will profit from the return of goalkeeper Zack Steffen, midfielder Weston McKennie and left again Antonee Robinson in spite of everything three skipped the USMNT’s journey to Panama. Two of these gamers have been carrying accidents heading into the sport — McKennie (proper quad) and Robinson (knee) — however handed the health take a look at.
USA beginning lineup (4-3-3, left to proper): 13-Zack Steffen-GK — 5-Antonee Robinson, 12-Miles Robinson, 15-Chris Richards, 2-Sergino Dest — 8-Weston McKennie, 4-Tyler Adams, 6-Yunus Musah — 11-Brenden Aaronson, 16-Ricardo Pepi, 20-Tim Weah
USA subs: 1-Matt Turner-GK, 22-DeAndre Yedlin, 21-George Bello, 18-Mark McKenzie, 3-Walker Zimmerman, 23-Kellyn Acosta, 17-Gianluca Busio, 10-Cristian Roldan, 19-Matthew Hoppe, 9-Gyasi Zardes (Not in squad: Sean Johnson, Shaq Moore, Sebastian Lletget, Paul Arriola – injured in warmups)
Costa Rica needed to substitute Joel Campbell (sprained proper ankle) and Jose Guillermo Ortiz (constructive COVID-19 take a look at), choosing 39-year-old Alvaro Saborio and 27-year-old Christian Bolanos, veterans of numerous U.S.-Costa Rica matchups. Costa Rica appears to be like to be going with a 5-3-2 formation, which has confirmed profitable previously.
Costa Rica beginning lineup (5-2-3, left to proper): 1-Keylor Navas-GK — 22-Ronald Matarrita, 15-Francisco Calvo, 6-Oscar Duarte, 2-Ricardo Blanco, 4-Keysher Fuller — 5-Celso Borges, 10-Bryan Ruiz (c), 17-Yeltsin Tejeda — 11-Johan Venegas, 21-Jonathan Moya
Costa Rica subs: 23-Leonel Moreira-GK, 18-Aaron Cruz-GK, 20-Fernan Faerron, 19-Kendall Waston, 8-Bryan Oviedo, 3-Juan Pablo Vargas, 13-Orlando Galo, 16-Youstin Salas, 14-Jimmy Marin, 12-Randall Leal, 7-Christian Bolanos, 9-Alvaro Saborio (Not in squad: Luis Diaz, Kenneth Vargas)
How to observe USA vs. Costa Rica
- Date: Wednesday, Oct. 13
- Time: 7 p.m. ET
- TV Channels: ESPN2
- Spanish-language TV: UniMas, TUDN
- Streaming: fuboTV, ESPN+
The match, which may also be obtainable to stream on ESPN+, shall be held on the new Lower.com Field in Columbus, Ohio. It’s the house of Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew, which opened in July.
USA vs. Costa Rica: Betting odds & prediction
Odds courtesy of DraftKings
Pick: USA -1.25 Asian Handicap (+100)
After a dismal efficiency on Sunday, it’s exhausting to not see the Americans popping out pedal to the metallic towards a Costa Rica workforce that’s not the opposition it as soon as was. The Americans shall be brisker, they’ll have a passionate residence crowd behind them and, with Ricardo Pepi on the sphere from the beginning, they’ll have the very best likelihood to attain a number of targets. The solely factor that may stand in the best way is a lights-out efficiency from Costa Rican ’keeper Keylor Navas.
The -1.25 Asian Handicap presents some insurance coverage (half the guess is refunded) in case the Americans solely win by a single purpose.
In case you’re into historicals: The USA has a 6-2-1 file towards Costa Rica in World Cup qualifiers performed on U.S. soil and a 7-1-2 file towards all regional qualifying opponents in Columbus.
Prediction: USA 2, Costa Rica 0
- Moneyline: USA -270 / Draw +350 / Costa Rica +650
- Spread: USA -1.5 (+125) / Costa Rica +1.5 (-170)
- O/U 2.5 complete targets: Over +110 / Under -140
- Both Teams To Score: Yes +145 / No -195