HARRISON, N.J. (Oct. 13, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National team was defeated by Costa Rica, 1-0, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. on Tuesday.
Forward Joel Campbell struck for Costa Rica in the 70th minute to give Costa Rica its second straight win against the United States.
The U.S. MNT next faces St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Nov. 13 in St. Louis to open the semifinal round of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Four days later, the U.S. takes on Trinidad & Tobago in Port of Spain.
Goal Scoring Rundown:
CRC – Joel Campbell, 70th minute: A nifty one-two put Dave Myrie through down the right flank. He slid a pass back to an onrushing Joel Campbell, who placed a low drive past a diving Tim Howard just inside the far post. USA 0, CRC 1 FINAL
Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
CRC – Keylor Navas, 30th minute: Brek Shea whipped a free kick to the far left post where Tim Ream tried heading back the opposite way. Navas responded with a reaction save.
USA – Brad Evans, 43rd minute: A slotted ball from the endline skided across the six yard box. Johan Venegas looked to have a clear shot on goal before a hustling Evans threw his body in the way to deny the opportunity.
USA – Tim Howard, 59th minute: Joel Campbell picked up a loose ball in midfield and bore down on goal. He hit a rising shot from 25 yards that Howard tiped over the bar.
USA – Tim Howard, 90th minute: With the U.S. pressing for an equalizer, Costa Rica found huge space for a counter and sent Marcos Urena in one-on-one with Howard. As Lee Nguyen closed, Howard stoned Urena to keep the U.S. in the match.
Next on the Schedule: U.S, MNT vs. St. Vincent and the Grenadines – FIFA World Cup Qualifier
Date: Nov. 13
Venue: Busch Stadium – St. Louis, Missouri
Broadcast information: ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas, Univision Deportes Network
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- The U.S. MNT began the game in a 4-4-2 formation.
- Tim Howard made his first appearance for the United States since his record-setting 15 save game against Belgium on July 1, 2014, in the Round of 16 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
- Brek Shea returned the lineup after missing the summer through injury, making his seventh appearance of 2015.
- Jozy Altidore, Tim Howard and Tim Ream all began their professional careers in New York – Howard as a former MetroStars ‘keeper, and Altidore and Ream with the Red Bulls.
- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report –
Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Costa Rica
Date: Oct. 13, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Red Bull Arena; Harrison, New Jersey
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. ET
Weather: 68 degrees; Partly cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 0 0
CRC 0 1 1
CRC – Campbell (Myrie) 70th minute
USA: 12-Tim Howard; 3-Brad Evans, 20-Geoff Cameron (14-Ventura Alvarado, 46), 16- Michael Orozco, 6-Tim Ream (21-Jonathan Spector 63); 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 13-Jermaine Jones (8-Mix Diskerud 46), 10-Danny Williams, 7-Brek Shea (15-Lee Nguyen 72); 9- Gyasi Zardes (19-Andrew Wooten 72), 17- Jozy Altidore (capt.) (18-Bobby Wood 46)
Subs Not Used: 1-Brad Guzan, 22-Bill Hamid
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann
CRC: 1-Keylor Navas (capt.); 2-Johnny Acosta, 25-Kendall Waston, 14-Bryan Oviedo (22-Ronald Matarrita 54), 6-Oscar Duarte (Francisco Calvo 87), 16-Christian Gamboa (8-Dave Myrie 67); 11-Johan Venegas (26-Daniel Colindres 76), 5-Celso Borges (13-Oscar Granados 91), 20-David Guzmán; 21-Marcos Ureña, 12-Joel Campbell
Subs Not Used: 7-Elias Aguilar, 17-Luis Miguel Valle, 18-Patrick Pemberton, 19-Deyver Vega, 23-Esteban Alvarado, 24-Mauricio Castillo
Head coach: Oscar Ramirez
Stats Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 5 / 14
Shots on Goal: 3 / 6
Saves: 4 / 3
Corner Kicks: 1 / 3
Fouls: 15 / 19
Offside: 2 / 5
CRC – Johnny Acosta (caution) 17th minute
USA – Jermaine Jones (caution) 37
USA - DeAndre Yedlin (caution) 56
USA – Brad Evans (caution) 66
USA – Danny Williams (caution) 72
USA - Michael Orozco (caution) 79
CRC – Kendall Waston (caution) 87
USA - Bobby Wood (caution) 87
Referee: Walter Lopez (GUA)
Assistant Referee 1: Rene Ochoa (GUA)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Augusto (GUA)
Fourth Official: Jonathan Polanco (GUA)
Budweiser Man of the Match: TBA
It was the third day of spring in 2013, but the weather in Denver looked more like the middle of winter.
For the first time in 16 years on that date, blizzard-like conditions rolled over Dick’s Sporting Goods Park hours before the U.S. took on Costa Rica in the second match of the 2014 World Cup Qualifying final round.
Returning home after beginning the “Hex” with a 2-1 defeat at Honduras, the U.S. faced a Costa Rica side that held a five-game unbeaten streak over the Americans – the longest for either side in the series.
Though the cold conditions would appear to favor the MNT, with a layer of snow covering the field at kickoff there was little advantage to be had and certainly no pretty soccer to be played. Instead, it seemed likely a lucky bounce would decide the match – both teams just hoped they would be the benefactor.
It came for the U.S. in the 16th minute when Jozy Altidore’s shot from the top of the 18 deflected off a Costa Rican defender and fell perfectly for Clint Dempsey eight yards out from goal. With Ticos ‘keeper Keylor Navas reacting to the initial shot, Dempsey tapped home the game’s lone goal.
“I think the key to the win was to get an early goal,” said Dempsey post-game. “That gave us the confidence to keep going and it also put them on the back foot.
“I’m glad we scored early,” said MNT left back DaMarcus Beasley. “If we had to get a goal in those conditions in the second half, it would have been difficult.”
DaMarcus Beasley tries to advance the ball past Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz during the infamous 'Snow Classico' in 2013 World Cup Qualifying.
Though the game was tight, the team did see a clear penalty shout from Dempsey go uncalled by referee Joel Aguilar in the 42nd minute.
At halftime, stadium and U.S. Soccer staff did their best to clear the field of the collected snow, but their efforts were clearly covered up again as the second half got under way.
There, the MNT averted disaster twice. The first as conditions became so bad that Aguilar halted the game in the 55th minute to confer with the FIFA Match Commissioner about whether or not it should continue. A decision to halt the match would have cancelled out the U.S. goal and forced the two teams to play a new game the following day.
As they met, the grounds crew took back to the field to clear the lines as best they could. That effort would continue throughout the second half, with U.S. center back Geoff Cameron memorably helping to push one staff member as the heavy snow collected on his shovel.
Ultimately, taking the following day’s forecast into account and the fact that the two teams had another qualifying match three days later, the decision to finish the game was made.
Fifteen minutes later, Costa Rica thought they had the equalizer when former LA Galaxy and Chivas USA defender Michael Umana appeared headed the ball across the line, but the goal was correctly called back with several Costa Rican players in an offside position.
Putting balls high and wide, the MNT grinded out the final 20 minutes of the match, earning an important win that showed the team’s resiliency and character.
“It’s not ideal conditions to play soccer or knock the ball,” said ‘keeper Brad Guzan, who started in place of the injured Tim Howard. “In saying that, I thought we dug deep and you’ve gotta find a way to get a result, and we did that tonight.
In the end, the win also spurred the MNT on to a strong qualifying run, taking 10 of a possible 12 points from their next four matches and lifting the Gold Cup that summer.
An extra time defeat to its closest rival, while losing out on a place at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, was tough to swallow for the U.S. Men’s National Team on Saturday.
After a long day of travel from Los Angeles to Newark, N.J. on Sunday, the team began to move forward with a return to the training pitch Monday for their lone session ahead of Tuesday’s friendly against Costa Rica.
Undoubtedly, it’s a short turn around with little prep time, but with Tuesday being the team’s final match before kicking off the semifinal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying in November, the game gives players a quick chance to move on from the defeat and demonstrate they belong in the team that will face St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago next month.
“There’s always something on the line when you play for the National Team,” Jozy Altidore told ussoccer.com, “especially on the back of a heavy defeat, a heavy one to swallow against Mexico. That’s what’s great about soccer – the next one is always around the corner. Hopefully we’ll put in a good performance against Costa Rica and put our focus now on qualifying.”
Jozy Altidore holds of Danny Williams during a scrimmage as the USMNT prepares to face Costa Rica at Red Bull Arena on Oct, 13.
Having returned to the U.S. fold last month following a year-long international sabbatical, goalkeeper Tim Howard acknowledged that with the loss on Saturday and qualification looming, now is time for the MNT to put the last year in the past.
“The sky isn’t falling,” he told ussoccer.com. “This team is unified and we still have the resolve to want to get results and push for one another. We’re trying to pick ourselves up from the loss and make sure we get a result. Results are always important for the team, it allows you to feel good and November is about qualification and there are no more friendlies. It’s important that we have that mindset and that the senior players set the tone.”
With 104 caps, 29 of which have come in World Cup Qualifying games, Howard is the most senior of the 20-man U.S. roster. Still, following his year off, he has as much to prove as anyone after serving as a back-up to Brad Guzan the last three games.
“Every time you pull the shirt on, you’re given the opportunity to make a statement,” Howard continued. “I think you always have to reinvent yourself every World Cup cycle. Being a part of so many qualification cycles is a challenge because we know how hard it is. Us senior players that have been there before know it’s a gauntlet and it’s tough, it’s never easy.”
Though he’s far from the oldest player on the team, Altidore will begin his third World Cup Qualifying cycle next month, just days after his 26th birthday. Understanding the rigors of the two-year process, the striker agreed that Tuesday’s game against Costa Rica will be a good test before taking on the next journey.
“Every game is an opportunity,” agreed Altidore. “Every game with the National Team is a chance on the biggest stage to show that you belong. Is it hard sometimes? Absolutely, we’re human, but at the same time, going into this game, it’s another opportunity to showcase yourself, another opportunity to show the coaches that you are a guy that belongs in the heart of this team as we begin our run to the World Cup.”
As the U.S. Men’s National Team returns to Red Bull Arena for a third time on Tuesday, three players on the roster also come home to a place that helped launch their careers.
Goalkeeper Tim Howard, forward Jozy Altidore and defender Tim Ream, at different times, all began their professional careers in New Jersey with either the MetroStars or New York Red Bulls before progressing to European clubs.
Howard began his career with the North Jersey Imperials in 1997 before joining the MetroStars as a 19-year-old late in the 1998 season, doing so while living in his childhood home in North Brunswick, N.J. He’d go on to make 85 appearances for the club, winning back-to-back MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and Best XI selections in 2001 and 2002, before making a high-profile move to Manchester United in July 2003.
“I had a great start in professional soccer and my career has been nothing short of a dream for me,” Howard told ussoccer.com.
Howard has remained in England the last 12 years, moving to his current club Everton in 2006. Though he’s made over 300 appearances in one of the top leagues in the world for the Toffees, returning to play in front of friends and family near ‘the Big Apple’ still makes him anxious.
“It’s always hard for me to come home because I get so nervous playing in front of my hometown crowd,” he said. “I’m just happy to be back here playing in a beautiful stadium. Red Bull Arena was only a dream back when I was playing for the MetroStars. To see the fan base they’ve created is special. I’m a Jersey boy – I always will be and it’s nice to see the hometown team doing well.”
Howard training with the U.S. MNT ahead of its friendly with Costa Rica at Red Bull Arena on Oct. 13.
A heralded prospect with the U.S. U-17s following at the World Cup in 2005, Altidore, who was born in nearby Livingston, N.J. began his professional career as a 16-year-old with the Red Bulls the following season, finding early success with the club in 2007 when he scored nine goals in 22 matches.
That summer he also led the U.S. attack at the FIFA World Youth Championships in Canada, where he finished tied for third on the tournament’s Golden Boot list with four goals.
After making his full MNT debut in November 2007, Altidore scored his first international goal the following February in a 2-2 draw with Mexico. After two-and-a-half seasons with the Red Bulls and rising international interest, Altidore made his move to Europe, signing with Spanish club Villareal. After loan moves in Spain, England and Turkey, Altidore found success with AZ Alkmaar in Holland, where he scored 38 goals in 67 matches from 2011-2013. After a move back to England with Sunderland, Altidore returned to MLS this season, signing with Toronto FC.
Being back with both the National Team and Toronto FC affords Altidore numerous trips to Red Bull Arena, which he always looks forward to.
“It’s always great coming back here where it began for me professionally, there are a lot of memories in this city and a lot of good times with the fans,” he said. “It’ll be great to come back here and play a game here in front of a lot of family and friends.”
Following a collegiate career with Saint Louis University, center back Tim Ream was selected 18th overall by the Red Bulls in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft. Ream would play 58 matches in two seasons with the club, earning his first National Team call-up in his second season before transferring to Bolton Wanderers in early 2012.
After winning back-to-back Player of the Year awards with Bolton, Ream moved to Fulham in August. Now into his fifth season in Europe, Ream credited the Red Bulls with setting him on a path to success in his club career.
“For me being a rookie in 2010 and coming into a quality team really set the tone,” he told ussoccer.com. “Having a manager in Hans Backe who really wanted to play a different style than what was played here before – a more European style – it fit me personally.
“You bring in a guy like Thierry Henry and he automatically brings the level up,” he continued. “That was the foundation for becoming better as a player and a person on and off the field, trying to do the things he’s done throughout his career – obviously from a defender standpoint – it put me in a position to really succeed, not only here but across the pond in Europe as well.”
CHICAGO (Oct. 12, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National Team is set to square off with Costa Rica at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. in the final preparation friendly before qualifying begins next month for the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The match will kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and the Univision Deportes Network.
The MNT is coming off of a 3-2 extra-time loss to Mexico in the CONCACAF Cup at The Rose Bowl on Oct. 10. U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called in five new players to join the MNT for Tuesday’s game against Costa Rica, while eight players have returned to their clubs.
The roster currently stands at 21 players with goalkeeper Bill Hamid, midfielders Mix Diskerud, Lee Nguyen and Brek Shea and forward Andrew Wooten joining the team on Sunday. Goalkeeper Nick Rimando, defenders DaMarcus Beasley and Matt Besler, midfielders Kyle Beckerman, Michael Bradley and Graham Zusi and forwards Clint Dempsey and Chris Wondolowski being released.
The United States has won two of the last three meetings with Costa Rica, a pair of 1-0 wins in official competition. The U.S. shoveled their way to a shutout in the “Snow Clasico”, its first home game of final round World Cup qualifying held in Denver in March of 2013. Four months later, the MNT again earned a shutout in Gold Cup group play in East Hartford, Conn.
Meanwhile in Utah, the Under-23 Men’s National Team faces a third-place game against Canada in the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament. A win against Canada would qualify the USA for a one-game playoff against Colombia in March of 2016, with a final opportunity to earn a spot in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on the line. The critical match against Canada kicks off Tuesday at 4 p.m. MT and will be broadcast on NBC Universo.
U.S. Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/ENG), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton/ENG)
DEFENDERS (7): Ventura Alvarado (Club America/MEX), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/ENG), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchenglandbach/GER), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana/MEX), Tim Ream (Fulham FC/ENG), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City FC/ENG)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/FRA), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), Danny Williams (Reading FC/ENG), DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland AFC/ENG)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Bobby Wood (Union Berlin/GER), Andrew Wooten (FC Sandhausen/GER), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
U.S. Roster Notes
- Bobby Wood’s 108th minute goal against Mexico was the third of his international career and third of the year. Wood has been a clutch scorer for the MNT in 2015, with all three strikes coming after the 80th minute following late winners in June’s friendlies against Netherlands and Germany.
- Geoff Cameron scored his second career international goal in the CONCACAF Cup. Cameron has started and played 90 minutes in all of Stoke City’s 2015 Premier League matches. After last appearing for the MNT in last November’s friendlies, Cameron returned to action for the U.S. in last month’s matches against Peru and Brazil.
- Jozy Altidore has appeared in 10 games for the MNT this year. The forward scored a pair in the team’s 2-1 win against Peru in September, which was the fourth multi-goal game of his international career. With four goals in 2015, he is now just one behind Brain McBride (30) for fourth on the MNT’s all-time goal-scoring list.
- DeAndre Yedlin has appeared in 16 of the 17 MNT matches in 2015 and tallied four assists, which puts him in a tie for second on the team with Gyasi Zardes behind Michael Bradley (six).
- Alejandro Bedoya has seven matches under his belt for the United States this year. The French Ligue 1 midfielder tallied an assist in the USA’s 1-1 draw against Panama in the Group Stage of the Gold Cup. Bedoya missed the CONCACAF Cup Match due to illness.
- Jermaine Jones played all 120 minutes in the CONCACAF Cup. He has been on the road to recovery, making his return from injury for the USA in September in starts against Peru and Brazil.
- Gyasi Zardes was called in for his first MNT camp last January and has appeared in 16 games, starting in 13. The LA Galaxy forward has scored twice and assisted on four goals.
- Danny Williams closed the Brazil game off on a high note, scoring a stunning long-range goal to put the USA on the scoreboard. Williams also scored a clutch goal that helped the U.S. knock off then sixth-ranked Netherlands in Amsterdam earlier in the year.
- Michael Orozco started against Peru and Brazil in September, taking up both the right back spot and then center back. Orozco – who moved to Club Tijuana this summer - owns a piece of history as the scorer of the game-winning goal in 2012 that led to the USA’s first victory at the Azteca.
- Brad Guzan earned Golden Glove honors as the top goalkeeper at this summer’s Gold Cup and has posted a 8-4-3 record since September of last year.
- Ventura Alvarado has appeared in 12 matches this year. The Club America defender made his debut in a U.S. uniform on March 25 against Denmark, and he became cap-tied to the U.S. after starting in the first match of the Gold Cup against Honduras on July 7.
- Brad Evans has played in seven games this year, coming on as a late sub in the CONCACF Cup and in the MNT’s 2-0 win against Mexico in April.
- Tim Ream, who recently completed a transfer to Fulham, earned honors as the Player of the Year for his former club Bolton in each of the last two seasons. Ream has started in the last three MNT matches.
- Jonathan Spector returns to the squad after being a late add to the roster for the Peru and Brazil friendlies.
USA VS. COSTA RICA:
- The United States is 13-13-6 all-time against Costa Rica and has won two of the last three meetings. All 13 wins have come on U.S. soil.
- The most recent encounter came Sept. 6, 2013, a 3-1 loss in San Jose.
- The U.S. has gone 2-2-0 against Costa Rica during Jurgen Klinsmann’s tenure as head coach.
- Brek Shea scored his first career international goal against Costa Rica in the USA’s 1-0 win in the 2013 Gold Cup.
- Brad Guzan earned a clean sheet in the Snowclasico. Altidore, Cameron and Jones also contributed to the win.
IN FOCUS: Costa Rica
Federación Costarricense de Fútbol (FEDEFUTBOL)
FIFA affiliation: 1927
Head Coach: Oscar Ramirez
FIFA World Ranking: 42
Best World Cup Finish: Quarterfinal, 2014
Leading Cap-Winner: Walter Ceneno (137)
Leading Goalscorer: Rolando Fonseca (47)
COSTA RICA ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Esteban Alvarado (Trabzonspor/Turkey), Keylor Navas (Real Madrid/Spain), Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense/Costa Rica)
DEFENDERS (8): Jhonny Acosta (Alajuelense/Costa Rica), Francisco Calvo (Saprissa/Costa Rica), Oscar Duarte (Club Brugge/Belgium), Cristian Gamboa (West Bromwich/England), Ronald Matarrita (Alajuelense/Costa Rica), Dave Myrie (Herediano/Costa Rica), Bryan Oviedo (Everton/England), Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Elías Aguilar (Herediano/Costa Rica), Celso Borges (Deportivo La Coruña/Spain), Mauricio Castillo (Cartagines/Costa Rica), Oscar Esteban Granados (Herediano/Costa Rica), David Guzman (Saprissa/Costa Rica), Deyver Vega (Saprissa/Costa Rica), Johan Venegas (Impact de Montreal/Canada)
FORWARDS (6): Joel Campbell (Arsenal/England), Daniel Colindres (Saprissa/Costa Rica), Marco Ureña (Midtjylland/Denmark)
COSTA RICA ROSTER NOTES:
- The Costa Ricans are coming off a 1-0 win defeat at home to South Africa on Thursday
- In 2014, Costa Rica earned its best-ever result in the World Cup by advancing to the quarterfinals where they fell to the Netherlands in a penalty shootout. A total of 11 players from that squad appear are on the roster that will face the U.S.
- Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas leads the Costa Rican backline.
- Celso Borges is the leading goal scorer on the Ticos roster with 19 goals in 84 international matches.
- At 23 years old, Francisco Calvo is the youngest player on the Costa Rica roster.
- Two players ply their trade in MLS, both interestingly for Canadian clubs. Kendall Watson is a defender for Vancouver, while Johan Venegas patrols the midfield for Montreal. A total of 11 players on the roster play for Costa Rican club teams, including six from co-league leaders Alajuelense and Herediano.