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USMNT disappoints against Costa Rica in big loss

The definition of pressure could be defined as this first World Cup Qualifier game against Costa Rica played at the Red Bull Arena. With so much success in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, everyone has high expectations for the USMNT in their first of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying matches this week. Bruce Arena has had a lot of success, considering he is undefeated since his return to the team. For this matchup Arena set the following Starting XI:

Howard
Cameron
Ream
Villafaña
Zusi
Bradley
Nagbe
Johnson
Pulisic
Altidore
Wood

As Res Bull Arena started to fill with the American Outlaws, the USMNT stretched and warmed up to prepare themselves for tonight’s World Cup Qualifier. The starting whistle blew, and the USMNT started their attack right away, having three shots on goal in the first twenty minutes. Regardless, the US seemed to have a breakdown as Costa Rica was able to pressure the US defense. Marcos Urena scored the first goal in the game. The United States had a multitude of chance afterward, yet were unable to capitalize before halftime and entered the locker room down by one goal.

With the current deficit, Bruce Arena made his adjustments to ensure a win in this very critical matchup. The match started, and the US applied a lot of pressure on the Costa Rican defense. Yet, the US seemed to be out matched by the Costa Rican defense and goal keeper as the USMNT was unable to even the score. Yet, Marcos Urena seemed to find another hole in the defense and raised the score to 2-0.

The USMNT continued to apply pressure, yet was unable to bring the deficit, and handing Bruce Arena and the USMNT their first loss since Arena has returned as head coach. Next up in the CONCACAF Hexagonal matchup is against Honduras on September 5th. Arena’s side will need to respond in order to get back on track towards qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

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