USA vs. Costa Rica: Weather, TV, Broadcast, CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier Betting Odds
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The US men’s national team will be looking to get back on track after their first World Cup qualifying loss as they prepare to face a Costa Rican team that has come back from the dead in their bid to arrive in Qatar 2022.
An American team with seven new starters from its previous 2-0 win over Jamaica records what was arguably America’s worst performance in the Gregg Berhalter era on Sunday, failing to record a single shot on target in a 1- loss. 0 to Panama. Berhalter’s decision to heavily rotate the team was met with criticism, but he made it clear it was a gamble and the payoff comes Wednesday.
“Obviously it doesn’t seem like the best option, but I think we have to wait until Thursday,” Berhalter said after the defeat of Panama. “If we had to play with the same players [vs. Jamaica on Thursday] in this game [vs. Panama on Sunday], I’m not sure we can position ourselves in the best way to win again on Wednesday [vs. Costa Rica]. Once again, the conditions we face [in Panama] with the trip and the weather they complicated it. And we had to make, I suppose, a somewhat risky decision. “
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Winning your home games is essential in qualifying for the World Cup and Wednesday’s opponent showed why. In 2017, Costa Rica entered the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ, and beat the USA 2-0 in a qualifier that ultimately cost the Americans a place at the 2018 World Cup. That match was also the last victory of the Ticos against the United States; They have experienced a period of slow decline since the end of the 2018 World Cup, with a mediocre 8-8-11 in all matches and having to fire their coach in June.
This is the hand of Luis Fernando Suárez, who was appointed to take charge of a Costa Rican team that desperately needs a generational change. But Suarez continues to roll out the old guard, and it was those veteran heroes who enabled the Ticos to secure a draw in Honduras last week and save a 2-1 come from behind victory over El Salvador on Sunday. PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas was the star, making a key save in both games to preserve the results. Those four points have Costa Rica back in the qualifying mix.
Berhalter is expected to line up his first-choice US team again, with emerging scorer Ricardo Pepi, who will have a lot of work to do to beat Navas. The 18-year-old is one of 13 American players 23 and younger, while Costa Rica has 12 players 30 and older. It turns into a fascinating battle of youth against cunning with valuable points on the line.
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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 +
USA vs. Costa Rica will air on ESPN2 (English) and UniMas and TUDN (Spanish) with all three channels broadcast on fuboTV. New subscribers can get a free 7-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. It is the home of Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew, which opened in July.
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 the three skipped the USMNT trip to Panama. However, two of those players are leading to injuries in the game.
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Berhalter was cautious about McKennie’s right quadriceps pain (“it’s progressing”) and a “little problem” with Robinson’s knee. Both were involved in the final US practice, but if either of them is not ready to play, Gianluca Busio (midfield) and George Bello (left back) could be called up.
And since it wouldn’t be a US lineup without a controversial pick: There are also rumors that Zack Steffen will again take over in goal for Matt Turner.
Update: Hearing we will see the rotation at the USMNT goalie position tonight. I hope Zack Steffen will replace Matt Turner on his return to Columbus.
Steffen has been number one for most of Berhalter’s tenure, but the timing may come as a surprise to some.
– Charles Boehm (@cboehm) October 13, 2021
Projected US Starting Lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 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
Projected Subscribers in the US: 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 had to replace Joel Campbell (right ankle sprain) and José Guillermo Ortiz (positive COVID-19 test) and opted for Álvaro Saborio, 39, and Christian Bolaños, 27, veterans of countless United States vs. Costa Rica. clashes.
It is speculated that Costa Rica could opt for the 5-3-2 formation, which has proven to be a success in the past.
Costa Rica Projected Starting Lineup (5-2-3, Left to Right): 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 Subsidies: 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 Bolaños, Alvaro Saborio, Luis Díaz
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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