The U.S. males’s nationwide staff will look to get again on observe after its first loss in World Cup qualifying because it will get set to fulfill a Costa Rica facet that’s again from the useless in its bid to make it to Qatar 2022.
An American squad with seven new starters from its earlier 2-0 win over Jamaica logged what was arguably the worst U.S. efficiency within the Gregg Berhalter period on Sunday, failing to register a single shot on course in a 1-0 loss to Panama. Berhalter’s choice to closely rotate the squad was met with criticism, however he made it clear that it was a raffle for which the payoff comes on Wednesday.
“It obviously doesn’t look like the best choice, but I think we have to wait till Thursday,” Berhalter stated after the Panama loss. “If we had been going to play the identical gamers [vs. Jamaica on Thursday] on this recreation [vs. Panama on Sunday], I’m unsure we might place ourselves in one of the best ways to win once more on Wednesday [vs. Costa Rica]. Again, the situations that we’re coping with [in Panama] with the journey and the climate made it difficult. And we needed to make, I assume, considerably of a dangerous choice.”
Winning your private home video games is essential in World Cup qualifying and Wednesday’s opponent confirmed why. Back in 2017, Costa Rica went into Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., and beat the USA 2-0 in a qualifier that finally value the Americans a spot within the 2018 World Cup. That match was additionally the Ticos’ final win towards the USA; they’ve skilled a interval of sluggish decline because the finish of the 2018 World Cup, going a mediocre 8-8-11 in all matches and having to fireplace their coach in June.
It’s skilled hand Luis Fernando Suarez who was appointed to take over a Costa Rican staff in determined want of a generational changeover. But Suarez remains to be rolling out the previous guard, and it was these veteran heroes who allowed the Ticos to safe a attract Honduras final week and salvage a 2-1 come-from-behind win over El Salvador on Sunday. PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas was the star, making a key save in each matches to protect the outcomes. Those 4 factors have Costa Rica again within the qualifying combine.
It’s anticipated that Berhalter will area his first-choice U.S. staff once more, that includes rising objective scorer Ricardo Pepi, who may have his work reduce out for him to beat Navas. The 18-year-old is considered one of 13 U.S. gamers age 23 or youthful, whereas Costa Rica has 12 gamers who’re 30 or older. It makes for an interesting battle of youth vs. guile with invaluable factors on the road.
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 can even be obtainable to stream on ESPN+, shall be held on the new Lower.com Field in Columbus. It’s the house of Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew, which opened in July.
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. But two of these gamers are carrying accidents into the sport.
Berhalter sounded a cautious tone concerning the soreness in McKennie’s proper quad (“he’s making progress”) and a “little issue” with Robinson’s knee. Both had been concerned within the ultimate U.S. apply, but when both of them isn’t able to go, Gianluca Busio (midfield) and George Bello (left again) might be known as upon.
And because it would not be a U.S. lineup and not using a controversial choice: There are additionally rumblings that Zack Steffen shall be taking on in objective once more for Matt Turner.
Update: Hearing that we’ll see rotation on the USMNT goalkeeper place tonight. I’m anticipating Zack Steffen to step in for Matt Turner on his return to Columbus.
Steffen’s been the No. 1 for most of Berhalter’s tenure, however the timing might increase some eyebrows nonetheless.
— Charles Boehm (@cboehm) October 13, 2021
USA projected beginning lineup (4-3-3, left to proper): 13-Zack Steffen-GK — 5-Antonee Robinson, 12-Miles Robinson, 3-Walker Zimmerman, 2-Sergino Dest — 8-Weston McKennie, 4-Tyler Adams, 6-Yunus Musah — 19-Matthew Hoppe, 16-Ricardo Pepi, 11-Brenden Aaronson
USA projected subs: 1-Matt Turner-GK, 22-Shaq Moore, 21-George Bello, 18-Mark McKenzie, 15-Chris Richards, 23-Kellyn Acosta, 17-Sebastian Lletget, 14-Gianluca Busio, 10-Cristian Roldan, 20-Tim Weah, 9-Gyasi Zardes, 7-Paul Arriola (Others: Sean Johnson, Luca de la Torre, DeAndre Yedlin)
Costa Rica needed to substitute Joel Campbell (sprained proper ankle) and Jose Guillermo Ortiz (constructive COVID-19 check) and opted for 39-year-old Alvaro Saborio and 27-year-old Christian Bolanos, veterans of numerous USA vs. Costa Rica matchups.
There is theory that Costa Rica might decide to go along with 5-3-2 formation, which has confirmed profitable for it prior to now.
Costa Rica projected beginning lineup (5-2-3, left to proper): 1-Keylor Navas-GK — 22-Ronald Matarrita, 15-Francisco Calvo, 6-Oscar Duarte, 19-Kendall Waston, 2-Ricardo Blanco — 5-Celso Borges, 10-Bryan Ruiz, 17-Yeltsin Tejeda — 11-Randall Leal, 9-Jonathan Moya
Costa Rica projected subs: 23-Leonel Moreira-GK, 18-Aaron Cruz-GK, 20-Fernan Faerron, 4-Keysher Fuller, 8-Bryan Oviedo, 3-Juan Pablo Vargas, 13-Orlando Galo Calderon, 2-Youstin Salas, 14-Jimmy Marin, 7-Johan Venegas, 16-Kenneth Vargas, Christian Bolanos, Alvaro Saborio, Luis Diaz
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 steel towards a Costa Rica staff that’s not the opposition it as soon as was. The Americans shall be more energizing, they’ll have a passionate house crowd behind them and, with Ricardo Pepi on the sector from the beginning, they’ll have the perfect likelihood to attain a number of targets. The solely factor that will stand in the way in which is a lights-out efficiency from Costa Rican ’keeper Keylor Navas.
The -1.25 Asian Handicap gives some insurance coverage (half the wager is refunded) in case the Americans solely win by a single objective.
In case you’re into historicals: The USA has a 6-2-1 report towards Costa Rica in World Cup qualifiers performed on U.S. soil and a 7-1-2 report 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 whole targets: Over +110 / Under -140
- Both Teams To Score: Yes +145 / No -195