USA vs. Costa Rica live score, updates, CONCACAF World Cup qualifier highlights
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With a home win against Costa Rica in Columbus on Wednesday night, the US men’s team can put aside all the controversy and talk about lineup selection, coach tactics and player ability. From the US To get ahead in an important place.
The Americans’ first defeat in qualifying for the 2022 World Cup on Sunday, and the way it happened, without a single shot on goal in Panama, ignited a wave of panic that probably won’t die down without a convincing victory against Costa. , which is ranked 44th in the ranking. Ricans, who sits in sixth place in the standings. They can still overtake the second-place USMNT with an unexpected victory.
It was the Ticos who gave the USA a painful home loss in the qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup, ultimately resulting in a surprising early elimination from that tournament. Costa Rica will line up several of those same veteran players against a US team that should have its first-choice lineup after manager Gregg Berhalter, trying to keep players fresh, made seven changes to the lineup on Sunday. .
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Sporting News will follow the event live and provide score updates, commentary and highlights as they become available:
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6:29 pm: Great story angle for tonight’s game. I still can’t beat 37-year-old Bolaños and 39-year-old Saborio (!!) in the team.
#USMNT they are almost 9 years a man younger than his #Costa Rica counterparts for tonight #WCQ at Columbus – USA 188 matches combined… the visitors 737. Does youthful exuberance trump twisted experience? @TaylorTwellman he’s on the call with me 📺 ESPN2 & @ESPNPlus 6.30ET
– Jon Champion (@JonChampionJC) October 13, 2021
6:00 pm: The Ticos are five behind. They want to make life difficult for Pepi & Co.
5:46 pm: Let the alignment debate begin. Zack Steffen started in place of Matt Turner (did he deserve to be replaced?), Paul Arriola had another start, and Chris Richards made his first start at USMNT in a great game.
5:45 pm: ESPN has a pregame show on their social channels featuring Jermaine Jones, Kasey Keller, and Seb Salazar:
5:31 pm: A reminder why this match is no piece of cake:
#USMNT-Costa Rica, 6 CT on ESPN2. 🇺🇸🇨🇷
Costa Rica has won three consecutive World Cup qualifiers against the USA, including a 2-0 Hex victory at Red Bull Arena in 2017.
– Paul Carr (@PaulCarr) October 13, 2021
5:27 pm: What we assume is the USMNT bus arriving with its escort to the Lower.com field in Columbus:
United States vs. Costa Rica: alignments
The Americans will benefit from the return of goalkeeper Zack Steffen, midfielder Weston McKennie and left-back Antonee Robinson after all three skipped the USMNT trip to Panama. Two of those players had injuries heading into the game, McKennie (right quadriceps) and Robinson (knee), but they passed the physical fitness test.
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US starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 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, 7-Paul Arriola
Alternate United States: 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, 20-Tim Weah, 19-Matthew Hoppe, 9-Gyasi Zardes (Not in team: Sean Johnson, Shaq Moore, Sebastian Lletget)
Costa Rica had to replace Joel Campbell (sprained right ankle) and José Guillermo Ortiz (positive COVID-19 test), opting for Álvaro Saborio, 39, and Christian Bolaños, 27, veterans of countless confrontations between the United States and Costa Rica. . . Costa Rica appears to be going with a 5-3-2 formation, which has proven successful in the past.
Costa Rica starting lineup (5-2-3, from left to right): 1-Keylor Navas-GK – 22-Ronald Matarrita, 15-Francisco Calvo, 6-Oscar Duarte, 4-Keysher Fuller, 2-Ricardo Blanco – 5-Celso Borges, 10-Bryan Ruiz (c), 17-Yeltsin Tejeda – 11-Johan Venegas, 21-Jonathan Moya
Costa Rica Subsidies: 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 Bolaños, 9-Alvaro Saborio (Not in convocation: Luis Díaz, Kenneth Vargas)
How to watch the United States vs. Costa Rica
- Date: Wednesday October 13
- Weather: 7 pm ET
- TV channels: ESPN2
- Spanish television: UniMas, TUDN
- Transmission: fuboTV, ESPN +
United States vs. Costa Rica will air on ESPN2 (English), UniMas and TUDN (Spanish) with the three channels broadcast on fuboTV. New subscribers can get a free seven-day trial of the streaming service.
The game, which will also be available for broadcast on ESPN +, will take place at the new Lower.com Field in Columbus, Ohio. It is the home of Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew, which opened in July.
United States vs. Costa Rica: betting odds and prediction
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Choose: USA -1.25 Asian Handicap (+100)
After a lousy performance on Sunday, it’s hard not to see the Americans pedal hard against a team from Costa Rica that is not the opposition it once was. The Americans will be cooler, they will have a passionate home crowd behind them and, with Ricardo Pepi on the field from the start, they will have the best chance of scoring multiple goals. The only thing that would get in the way is a muted performance by Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas.
The Asian Handicap -1.25 offers some insurance (half the bet is refunded) in case the Americans only win by a single goal.
In case you like historical ones: The US has a 6-2-1 record against Costa Rica in the World Cup qualifiers played on US soil and a 7-1-2 record against all opponents of the regional playoffs in Columbus.
Prediction: United States 2, Costa Rica 0
- Money line: United States -270 / Tie +350 / Costa Rica +650
- Spread: United States -1.5 (+125) / Costa Rica +1.5 (-170)
- O / U 2.5 total goals: Over +110 / Under -140
- Both teams will score: Yes +145 / No -195
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