The United States men’s national team finish out their October slate of World Cup qualifiers with a hugely important home match against Costa Rica in Columbus tonight. Revenge will be on the Americans’ minds as it was Los Ticos who stunned the U.S. at home last cycle in what was arguably the most detrimental result of the entire failure of a campaign.
Gregg Berhalter’s side is in desperate need of full points after an utterly embarrassing showing in Panama on Sunday. Anything less than three points in this one will leave a lot of uneasy feelings heading into November’s two-match window.
After rotating seven players into the lineup that failed in Panama, we should see a return to a somewhat normal starting eleven in this one. Two question marks for selection are Antonee Robinson and Weston McKennie who are nursing knocks picked up against Jamaica. Both players played important roles in that victory and would be a nice boost if available in this match.
One troublesome trend that needs to be thwarted is the slow starts of the U.S. as they have failed to score a first half goal in every match so far. Getting off to a fast start could alleviate a lot of stress and worry and relax the entire team.
Can the U.S. rebound from a truly awful performance just three days ago? This match will tell us a lot about the rest of the Octagonal.
United States lineup:
Costa Rica lineup:
How to Watch
Advertised Kick-off Time: 7:00 p.m. Eastern, 4:00 p.m. Pacific
Venue: Lower.com Field; Columbus, OH
Available TV: ESPN2, UniMas, TUDN
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