U.S. Soccer

USA Falls 2-0 to Costa Rica in World Cup Qualifier, Presented by Volpi Foods

HARRISON, N.J. (Sept. 1, 2017) – The U.S. Men’s National Team fell 2-0 to Costa Rica on Matchday 7 of the Final Round of 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying in front of a sold-out crowd of 25,600 at Red Bull Arena. The U.S. will look to rebound quickly with a fast approaching Matchday 8 encounter at Honduras on Tuesday (5:30 p.m. ET; beIN Sports, UNIVERSO).

A tight opening to the match included a legitimate penalty shout from Jozy Altidore in the 24th minute. A good bit of possession led to Christian Pulisic finding space on the right, before he centered looking for Altidore in stride. With his body between the goal and Kendall Waston, Altidore was set to receive the pass and was hauled down from behind by the Costa Rica defender before the following appeals went begging. 

Costa Rica caught the U.S. off guard to take the lead on the half-hour mark. A ball out of the back was taken down by Bryan Ruiz, who played a simple pass for Marco Ureña to run into the gap in the U.S. central defense. The San Jose Earthquakes attacker held off Tim Ream before scraping his effort from the right inside the lower, left post in the 30th minute.

The U.S. fired back when a nice bit of skill from Altidore up the right allowed him to set up Christian Pulisic in the area, but his first-time effort was blocked at the near post by Waston, allowing Costa Rica to take a 1-0 lead into halftime.

Ream nearly made amends for the Costa Rica goal after the break. An early second-half corner kick from Graham Zusi picked out the center back, who rose at the six-yard box where he nodded his effort down, only to see it bounce over the cross bar.

With the U.S. still looking for a goal after the hour mark, Clint Dempsey entered the match and sent a deflected free kick into the path of Pulisic whose first-time shot was only kept out thanks to a sweeping paw from sprawling Costa Rica ‘keeper Keylor Navas.

Navas came up big again in the 81st minute when Altidore got on the end of a long ball from Geoff Cameron, only to see the Real Madrid backstop come up with a point-blank stop at the top of the six-yard box. The Ticos struck the fatal blow just a minute later when David Guzmán intercepted a pass out of the back quickly slipped a ball through the U.S. backline to find Ureña in stride, who tucked home his effort in the 82nd minute to provide the final 2-0 score line.

Next on the Schedule: The MNT looks to rebound quickly when it heads to Honduras for a Matchday 8 encounter vs. Los Catracos on Tuesday, Sept. 5. Kickoff from Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula is set for 5:30 p.m. ET and can be seen live on beiN SPORTS and UNIVERSO.
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Goal Scoring Rundown:
CRC – Marco Ureña (Bryan Ruiz), 30th minute:
Costa Rica broke through on the half-hour mark when Ruiz picked out a gap in central defense and laid a path towards goal for Ureña. The speedy striker was tracked by Tim Ream, but created enough space in the area to fire a low effort that beat Tim Howard inside the lower, left post. USA 0, CRC 1 [WATCH]

CRC – Marco Ureña (David Guzmán), 82nd minute: Costa Rica would kill off the game when Guzmán stepped up to cut out a U.S. pass out of the back and sprung Ureña through the U.S. defense before the striker slipped his second of the game past Howard and inside the left post. USA 0, CRC 2 [WATCH] FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
CRC – Francisco Calvo and Kendall Waston, 26th minute: Just moments after a penalty shout from Jozy Altidore went begging, the MNT came close with its first clear cut chance of the match. High pressure in midfield paid off when Michael Bradley did well to read a pass from Bryan Ruiz, chesting down the effort as he strolled toward goal. With numbers moving forward, Bradley slid the ball to Altidore on the left, who drove to the end line before centering a ball looking for Bobby Wood, only to see Calvo and Waston turn the effort away inside the six-yard box.

CRC – Kendall Waston, 38th minute: Galvanized after going down 1-0, the U.S. came close again after Zusi flicked on a nice pass in stride down the right for Altidore. The veteran forward held the ball up before playing a ball outside and split David Guzman and Calvo. With a free lane towards the end line, Altidore centered a pass at the near post for Pulisic, but his first-time effort was blocked by Waston inside the six.

CRC – Keylor Navas, 67th minute: Just seconds after entering the match, Clint Dempsey lined up a free kick 20 yards from goal. His right-footed take deflected into the area where Bradley laid it back for Pulisic whose effort deflected off Cristian Gamboa squirting through towards goal. There, Navas was already sprawling from the initial shot, but held his left paw up to keep Costa Rica ahead.

CRC – Keylor Navas, 81st minute: A ball over the top from Geoff Cameron saw Altidore muscle off Costa Rica defender Johnny Acosta to gain entry into the area. Altidore gained enough space to fire a point-blank effort, but Navas was alert off his line to turn it away at the six-yard-box.

NOTES:

  • The defeat snaps the U.S. MNT’s 14-match unbeaten streak in 2017 and is also the first loss of Bruce Arena’s second tenure as head coach.
  • The U.S. moves to 15-16-6 all-time vs. Costa Rica.
  • Altidore’s 79th minute yellow card was his second of World Cup Qualifying, meaning he will serve a one-match suspension during Tuesday’s game at Honduras.
  • Dempsey’s substitute appearance handed him his 40th career World Cup Qualifying cap, pulling him level with Landon Donovan for first on the U.S. MNT’s all-time list.
  • Altidore gathered his 39th qualifying appearance, leaving him just one behind Dempsey and Donovan.
  • Full backs Jorge Villafaña and Graham Zusi made their team-leading 12th appearances of 2017.
  • Matt Hedges, Cristian Roldan and Chris Wondolowski were healthy scratches from tonight’s 23-player roster.

- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Costa Rica
Date: September 1, 2017
Competition: 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying – Final Round
Venue: Red Bull Arena; Harrison, New Jersey
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 26,500 (so)
Weather: 66 degrees; partly cloudy 

Scoring Summary:    1          2          F                                                         
USA                            0          0          0        
CRC                            1          1          2

CRC - Marco Ureña (Bryan Ruiz)                  30th minute
CRC - Marco Ureña (David Guzman)             82 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 19-Graham Zusi (18-Jordan Morris, 84), 20-Geoff Cameron, 14-Tim Ream, 2-Jorge Villafaña (8-Clint Dempsey, 65); 10-Christian Pulisic (21-Paul Arriola, 87), 6-Darlington Nagbe, 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 23-Fabian Johnson; 9-Bobby Wood, 17-Jozy Altidore
Subs not used: 12-Brad Guzan, 22-Nick Rimando, 3-Omar González, 5-Matt Besler, 7-DaMarcus Beasley, 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 13-Dax McCarty, 15-Eric Lichaj, 16-Kellyn Acosta
Head coach: Bruce Arena

CRC: 1-Keylor Navas; 16-Cristian Gamboa (6-José Salvatierra, 71), 15-Francisco Calvo, 2-Johnny Acosta, 19-Kendall Waston, 8-Bryan Oviedo (11-Johan Venegas, 78); 7-Cristian Bolaños (4-Michael Umaña, 71), 20-David Guzman, 5-Celso Borges, 10-Bryan Ruiz (capt.); 21-Marco Ureña
Subs not used: 18-Patrick Pemberton, 23-Leonel Moreira, 3-Kenner Gutierrez, 9-José Ortiz, 12-David Ramirez, 13-Rodney Wallace, 14-Randall Azofeifa, 17-Yeltsin Tejeda, 22-Daniel Colindres
Head coach: Óscar Ramírez 

Stats Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 14 / 9
Shots on Goal: 2 / 2
Saves: 0 / 2
Corner Kicks: 3 / 2
Fouls: 10 / 18
Offside: 3 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:
CRC – David Guzman (caution)         13th minute
CRC – Francisco Calvo (caution)      67
USA – Jozy Altidore (caution)            80
USA – Clint Dempsey (caution)         90+1 

Officials:
Referee: John Pitti (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Gabriel Victoria (PAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Ronald Bruna (PAN)
Fourth Official: José Kellys (PAN)                              

Budweiser Man of the Match: TBD


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- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Costa Rica
Date: September 1, 2017
Competition: 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying – Final Round
Venue: Red Bull Arena; Harrison, New Jersey
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 26,500 (so)
Weather: 66 degrees; partly cloudy 

Scoring Summary:    1          2          F                                                          
USA                            0          0          0         
CRC                            1          1          2

CRC - Marco Ureña (Bryan Ruiz)                  30th minute
CRC - Marco Ureña (David Guzman)             82 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard, 2-Jorge Villafaña (8-Clint Dempsey, 65), 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 6-Darlington Nagbe, 9-Bobby Wood, 10-Christian Pulisic (21-Paul Arriola, 87), 14-Tim Ream, 17-Jozy Altidore, 19-Graham Zusi (18-Jordan Morris, 84), 20-Geoff Cameron, 23-Fabian Johnson
Subs not used: 12-Brad Guzan, 22-Nick Rimando, 3-Omar González, 5-Matt Besler, 7-DaMarcus Beasley, 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 13-Dax McCarty, 15-Eric Lichaj, 16-Kellyn Acosta
Head coach: Bruce Arena

CRC: 1-Keylor Navas; 2-Johnny Acosta, 5-Celso Borges, 7-Cristian Bolaños (4-Michael Umaña, 71), 8-Bryan Oviedo (11-Johan Venegas, 78), 10-Bryan Ruiz (capt.), 15-Francisco Calvo, 16-Cristian Gamboa (6-José Salvatierra, 71), 19-Kendall Waston, 20-David Guzman, 21-Marco Ureña
Subs not used: 18-Patrick Pemberton, 23-Leonel Moreira, 3-Kenner Gutierrez, 9-José Ortiz, 12-David Ramirez, 13-Rodney Wallace, 14-Randall Azofeifa, 17-Yeltsin Tejeda, 22-Daniel Colindres
Head coach: Óscar Ramírez 

Stats Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 14 / 9
Shots on Goal: 2 / 2
Saves: 0 / 2
Corner Kicks: 3 / 2
Fouls: 10 / 18
Offside: 3 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:
CRC – David Guzman (caution)         13th minute
CRC – Francisco Calvo (caution)      67
USA – Jozy Altidore (caution)            80
USA – Clint Dempsey (caution)         90+1 

Officials: 
Referee: John Pitti (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Gabriel Victoria (PAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Ronald Bruna (PAN)
Fourth Official: José Kellys (PAN)                              

Budweiser Man of the Match: TBD

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Vexed by the Hex? A Simple Guide to the Final Round of World Cup Qualifying

The U.S. Men’s National Team has played in the last seven World Cups – one of only six nations in the world to accomplish that feat – and some people naturally assume that every four years the U.S. is just penciled into the bracket. Not so!

In fact, qualifying for the FIFA World Cup out of CONCACAF  is a marathon. Since the current qualifying format was adopted for the 1998 tournament, the U.S. has had to play 16-18 matches spanning two years in order to book its place in the FIFA World Cup.

In the case of the current cycle, the MNT began its quest to qualify for Russia 2018 when it started play in CONCACAF’s Semifinal Round in November 2015. Having finished on top of a group that also featured Trinidad & Tobago, Guatemala and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the U.S. now finds itself in the CONCACAF's Final Round of World Cup Qualifying.

The six-team group, nicknamed “The Hex” (short for Hexagonal), pits the top two teams from each of CONCACAF’s three semifinal groups – in this case, Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago and USA -- in a home-and-away mini-league which began in November 2016 and concludes in October 2017. At the end of the 10-game schedule, the top three teams in The Hex automatically qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Meanwhile, the fourth-place team from CONCACAF will go into an intercontinental playoff with the fifth-place finisher from the Asian Football Confederation’s own qualifying tournament. The winner over two games will be 32nd and final entrant into the World Cup.

Got all that?

Here’s a breakdown of the 10-game schedule the MNT will have to navigate to qualify for its eighth consecutive FIFA World Cup, with a little history added in.

USA 1, Mexico 2 - Nov. 11, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio
Having defeated Mexico 2-0 in each of its previous four Final Round matches played in Columbus, Ohio, the MNT went back to MAPFRE Stadium in November, where they fell 2-1 to a talented Mexico side

A deflected effort from Miguel Layun gave Mexico a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute, before the U.S. suffered another setback when goalkeeper Tim Howard suffered a fractured right adductor while taking a routine goal kick and had to leave the match in the 40th minute. After halftime, the U.S. bounced back through Bobby Wood's 49th minute strike and had chances to push ahead that came up empty. Just as it looked like both teams would settle for a 1-1 draw, Mexico captain Rafael Marquez headed home an 89th minute corner kick from Layun to give El Trí all three points.

WATCH: U.S. Falls 2-1 to Mexico in November 


Costa Rica 4, USA 0 - Nov. 15, 2016 in San Jose, Costa Rica

Four days after falling to Mexico, the U.S. traveled to Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica for a match against Los Ticos. The MNT's success rate in Costa Rica had never been great and while the U.S. nearly went into halftime tied 0-0, but Johan Venegas pushed the home side ahead in the 44th minute. Costa Rica then added strikes from Cristian BolaƄos and a brace from Joel Campbell to run out 4-0 winners.

In the days following the match, Jurgen Klinsmann was replaced by former MNT head coach Bruce Arena, who is charged with righting the ship for the U.S. to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. 

USA 6, Honduras 0 - March 24, 2017 in San Jose, Calif.

After dropping its opening Final Round qualifiers to Mexico and Costa Rica, the USA entered the March slate of games with the necessity to #Get3 points at home against Honduras. Under the guidance of Arena, the team showed up to Avaya Stadium in a big way, using goals from Sebastian Lletget, Michael Bradley, Christian Pulisic and a hat trick from Clint Dempsey to lay down a 6-0 drubbing on Los Catrachos.

The resounding result came despite a number of injury setbacks, showed the response of the team to new leadership under Arena and helped symbolize the MNT's turnaround in its goal of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. 

WATCH: USA Turns Things Around With 6-0 Win vs. Honduras

Panama 1, USA 1 - March 28, 2017 in Panama City, Panama

Four days later, the USA traveled to take on a Panama side that it was in direct competition with for one of the top three spots in the Hex. What transpired at Estadio Rommel Fernandez was a cagey and physical match, high on atmosphere, but devoid of many chances. 

A moment of brilliance from Christian Pulisic saw the U.S. jump on board first. The young attacker chased down a ball up the right side before dispossession Felipe Baloy and shaking off a second defender before centering for Clint Dempsey who scraped home the opening goal in the 39th minute. Just as the U.S. looked headed to halftime, Panama equalized when a long throw in led to a break in the defense and allowed Gabriel Gomez to put home the equalizer from close range.

Just after the break, Pulisic saw a great volley turned away by Baloy, while goalkeeper Tim Howard came up with two big stops to preserve the 1-1 draw and an important away point

After starting the March qualifying set in last place, the win and draw handed the USA four crucial points and moved the side up to fourth heading into June. 

WATCH: U.S. Battles Hard for Important Away Point in Panama

USA 2, Trinidad & Tobago 0 - June 8, 2017 in Commerce City, Colo.

With momentum for March, the U.S. took a high-altitude approach to its June set of qualifiers, playing a warmup friendly against Venezuela in Sandy, Utah, before taking on Trinidad & Tobago at the 5,280 feet provided by Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. Though favored against the Soca Warriors, the USA was left frustrated in the first half due to the stellar play of Jan-Michael Williams and entered the locker room knotted at 0-0.

The deadlock was broken in the 52nd minute when a clever pass from Jorge Villafaña found Christian Pulisic who poked home the opening goal. Ten minutes later, Jozy Altidore cleverly picked out Pulisic's run before the attacker slotted the icing goal past Williams, giving the USA a 2-0 victory and another crucial three points at home

WATCH: Pulisic Brace Hands U.S. 2-0 Win vs. Soca Warriors

Mexico 1, USA 1 - June 11, 2017 in Mexico City, Mexico
With nearly two weeks of altitude adjustment under its belt, the U.S. Men's National Team headed to the vaunted Estadio Azteca to take on rivals Mexico on Matchday 6. A young U.S. midfield featuring Christian Pulisic, Paul Arriola and Kellyn Acosta was joined by captain Michael Bradley, who opened the scoring with a stunning goal just six minutes in. The veteran midfielder anticipated a pass in midfield, quickly countered and sent a 40-yard chip over Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa. 

The U.S. continued attacking and came close again through Bobby Wood in the 23rd minute. The saved attempt was quickly collected by Ochoa who sent an outlet pass through midfield to start a Mexico counter and led to the equalizer through Carlos Vela. Both teams would trade chances the rest of the way and Bradley's second effort from distance rang off the post, but in the end, the sides would share the spoils, giving the USA its third all-time draw in World Cup Qualifying at Estadio Azteca

WATCH: Bradley Chip Spurs USA to Road Point at Azteca

USA 0, Costa Rica 2 - Sept. 1, 2017
Riding high off strong performances during June's World Cup Qualifiers and July's Gold Cup championship, the MNT welcomed fellow CONCACAF power Costa Rica to Red Bull Arena. While the U.S. had a number of dangerous opportunities, they were thwarted by the stellar play of goalkeeper Keylor Navas and an unlikely brace from Ticos and San Jose Earthquakes forward Marco Ureña in a 2-0 loss

WATCH: MNT Falls 2-0 to Costa Rica on Matchday 7

Honduras 1,  USA 1 - Sept. 5, 2017
Thanks to the home defeat vs. Costa Rica and other results on Matchday 7, the U.S. found itself with little room for error when it visited Honduras on Sept. 5. A mid-afternoon kickoff meant the players on the field were dealing with heat and humidity that made the temperature feel like it was over 100 degrees. Despite that factor, the MNT looked steady and comfortable through the early going, only to be undone when Rommel Quioto put the home side up 1-0 in the 27th  minute. Nail biting moments ensued, but the USA stayed composed and earned a late free kick when Christian Pulisic was upended about 10 yards from the penalty area. Kellyn Acosta's ensuing take was well saved by Honduras 'keeper Luis Lopez, but a scramble to the right of goal involving Matt Besler and Jordan Morris keeping the ball alive before Bobby Wood buried the dramatic 85th minute equalizer. The goal stood up through the remaining minutes as the U.S. earned an important 1-1 draw

With Honduras sitting level with the U.S. going into the match, the late goal was crucial in making sure the U.S stayed in control of its own destiny going into October's final set of matches. 

WATCH: How They Scored - Bobby Wood's Important Equalizer in Honduras

October 6, 2017 - USA vs. Panama
Historically speaking, the MNT will still be in need of points to qualify when they host Los Canaleros on Matchday 9. The U.S. has won all three of its previous home World Cup Qualifying matches against Panama, outscoring the Central American side 10-0 in process. Last go around, the USA also played a major role in denying Panama a potential place at the 2014 FIFA World Cup when Graham Zusi and Aron Johannsson's stoppage time strikes doomed the nation to just missing out on CONCACAF's fourth-place playoff spot. The result has appeared to motivate an improved Panama side, with Los Canaleros playing the USA to four consecutive 1-1 draws, including March's result in Panama City, ever since.

The stakes for USA-Panama, presented by Volpi Foods, are similar to that 2013 match. A Panama win on U.S. soil would see the side book its first World Cup appearance, while a U.S. victory would push the MNT two points ahead of Los Canaleros, keeping the team in the driver's seat for its Matchday 10 visit to Trinidad & Tobago. 

WATCH: U.S. sees off Panama during 2013 Hex in Seattle 

All-Time WCQ Record vs. Panama: 5-0-2
All-Time Home WCQ Record vs. Panama:
3-0-0

October 10, 2017 - Trinidad & Tobago vs. USA
In 1989, the MNT visited Trinidad & Tobago on the final day of World Cup Qualifying knowing that only a win would take the USA to its first World Cup since 1950. On that day, the task of winning away in Port of Spain was no foregone conclusion, and Paul Caligiuri’s “shot heard ‘around the world’ launched the modern era of U.S. Soccer. Flash forward almost 30 years, and anything less than three points there hasn’t met expectations. The MNT learned that lesson last in November 2015 following a 0-0 draw in its semifinal round match at Hasely Crawford Stadium. 

Similar to the match in 1989, this last qualifying game will have huge stakes for the United States, who will no doubt need some kind of result in Trinidad in order to book its ticket to Russia. Not so similar is the fact that the game will be played in tiny Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, approximately 45 minutes away from Hasely Crawford Stadium in the capital, Port of Spain. 

WATCH: Paul Caligiuri sends USA to first World Cup since 1950 

All-Time WCQ Record vs. Trinidad & Tobago: 13-1-3
All-Time Away WCQ Record at Trinidad & Tobago:
4-1-2

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MNT Sep 28, 2017

After Costa Rica Defeat, MNT Focused on Bouncing Back vs. Honduras

As the U.S. Men’s National Team walked away from Friday’s 2-0 World Cup Qualifying defeat to Costa Rica at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., there were no excuses coming from the home side.

“We obviously didn’t play well tonight,” MNT head coach Bruce Arena said in his post-game press conference.

“You give them credit. They came in here organized, tactically setup in a way to make the game difficult,” added captain Michael Bradley.

Known well for lining up five men on the back line and clogging up the midfield with four more players, Costa Rica executed well on the defensive side and took advantage of two U.S. mistakes which led to Marco Ureña’s goals on both sides of halftime. The San Jose Earthquakes forward’s two strikes were the Ticos’ only two shots on target through the entire 90 minutes.

Even with Costa Rica in its defensive shell, the U.S. had its own chances. In the 24th minute, Jozy Altidore appeared to be fouled in the area just as he was set to receive a pass from Christian Pulisic, but the offense wasn’t deemed penalty-worthy by Panamanian referee John Pitti.

After going into the locker room down a goal, Tim Ream nearly pulled the U.S. level with a nodded effort that bounced over the bar in the 47th minute. Then Keylor Navas took over, making two tremendous second-half saves on Christian Pulisic and Altidore to keep the visitors level before Ureña iced the match late.

“It’s a game of moments,” Bradley said about the way it all played out. “The first goal was always going to be big, and when they go up 1-0 you know it’s going to take a big effort in the second half to get back in the game. We pushed hard, couldn’t get back to 1-1 and they made a play at the end.”

Knowing that it should have taken more from the match, the MNT has no time to sulk as it faces another important qualifier on Tuesday in Honduras.

Nor do they intend to.

“We’re professional, we’re an experienced group,” goalkeeper Tim Howard said. “We’ll bounce back, forget about it and move forward.”

“We’ll move on,” added Arena. “This is how you deal in competition and sports. You don’t win every game, and when you get a bad result you’ve got to put it past you real quick and get ready to play the next game. That’s what we’ll do.”

Despite Friday night’s defeat, the U.S. still sits third in the Hex, but things have tightened up. Following Honduras’ own 2-1 win at Trinidad & Tobago on Friday night, the MNT is level with Los Catrachos on eight points, though still holds a sizable advantage in goal differential thanks in large part to the USA’s 6-0 win in the first meeting in San Jose.

Just behind those two teams is Panama, who still hold seven points after dropping a narrow 1-0 result at Mexico on Friday night. Los Canaleros will be expected to win when they host Trinidad & Tobago Tuesday in Panama City, making it even more imperative that the U.S. gets a result in San Pedro Sula before it welcomes Panama to Orlando on Matchday 9.

With Mexico clinching its World Cup berth on Friday and Costa Rica having one foot in Russia, Arena was simple in his assessment for the next three games.

“It’s going to be a battle amongst the remaining four teams," he said.

Luckily, the U.S. does have some history of success in Honduras. In 2001, Arena guided the MNT to a 2-1 victory at Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano, and eight years later the USA actually clinched its berth to the 2010 FIFA World Cup with a dramatic 3-2 win there. 

“The group is strong,” said Bradley, who appeared in the 2009 match. “The group is ready to respond to this in a big way.”

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MNT Sep 2, 2017

GALLERY: MNT Loses 2-0 to Costa Rica in World Cup Qualifier, Presented by Volpi Foods

The U.S. Men's National Team fell 0-2 against Costa Rica, presented by Volpi Foods, on Friday, Sept. 1 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. 

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MNT Sep 2, 2017

Auction of Game-Issued, Autographed Jerseys to Benefit Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief

CHICAGO (Sept. 1, 2017) – U.S. Soccer and the U.S. National Soccer Team Players Association will auction game-issued, autographed jerseys from tonight’s World Cup qualifying match against Costa Rica, presented by Volpi Foods, with all proceeds to benefit the American Red Cross’ Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Houston and other impacted areas.

All 23 players’ jerseys are now available for purchase via an online auction at auction.ussoccer.com. The auction will be live until 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Sept. 6.

The disaster in Houston has hit close to home for the Men’s National Team, as defender DaMarcus Beasley is currently in his fourth season with the Houston Dynamo and forward Clint Dempsey grew up in Nacogdoches, Texas, and has family in the Houston area.

The Red Cross has been working around the clock in Houston responding to Hurricane Harvey’s destruction. Currently, the organization’s priority is keeping people safe while providing shelter, food and comfort to disaster victims. The Red Cross has already served 250,000 meals and snacks with its partners, mobilized over 890 trailer-loads of supplies and activated 200 emergency response vehicles.

Financial donations are the best way to support disaster victims and the Red Cross depends on donations to immediately provide relief. You can help people affected by Hurricane Harvey by visiting redcross.org/ussoccer, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation, message and data rates may apply.

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MNT Sep 1, 2017
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