That United States and Costa Rica met at Red Bulls Arena, where more empty seats than people saw the Ticos take down the Americans in yet another loss for Jurgen Klinsmann's team. Joel Campbell scored the goal goal in Costa Rica's 1-0 win, which marks the Americans' third straight loss and leaves them reeling ahead of the start of World Cup qualifying next month.
For people hoping to see progress or find a reason for hope after the U.S.' loss to Mexico in Saturday's CONCACAF Cup, it wasn't there. Klinsmann didn't have his full first team available to him, having sent the likes of Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey back to their clubs, but there were a fair number of his better players and it didn't help much. The Americans struggled to create chances all match long and never looked cohesive or dangerous.
Costa Rica broke through in the 70th minute when they got free down the right and dragged the ball back for an unmarked Campbell. The Ticos clinically slotted his shot home just inside the far post, leaving Tim Howard no chance.
There really isn't much to say about this match. It was uneventful and the U.S. never looked like they had it together. Costa Rica outplayed them, and it wasn't particularly close, so in lieu of more descriptions about a terrible 90 minutes, here are my dog's thoughts on the match:
He's a very good dog.