The United States will take on Costa Rica in a friendly on October 13. U.S. Soccer confirmed the match, which will be played at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ just three days after the Americans take on Mexico in their Confederations Cup playoff in Pasadena, CA.
Kickoff for the friendly is set for 6:30 p.m. ET and the match will be televised on ESPN.
The last time the U.S. played at Red Bull Area was a year ago as part of their Send Off Series prior to the World Cup. A sellout crowd saw them defeat Turkey, 2-1, with Michael Bradley and Fabian Johnson combining for one of the prettiest goals the Americans have scored in years.
The U.S. hasn't played Costa Rica since 2013 in World Cup qualifying. They played each other twice that year, with each team winning at home. This upcoming friendly will mark the final match for both sides before 2018 World Cup qualifying begins, but the teams are in different groups for the semifinal round so it's not as if they will play each other in a competitive match so soon after the friendly. The next time the Americans and Ticos meet will be in the Hex, which does not begin until November 2016.
Odds are that the friendly against Costa Rica won't be the Americans' best played match. They will have a quick turnaround from their key clash with Mexico and have to fly across the country from one to the other as well. The location will make it easier for some European based players, getting them halfway to Europe and minimizing the travel back to their clubs, but they will undoubtedly be tired. It wouldn't be a shocker if Jurgen Klinsmann let a couple players skip out on the Costa Rica friendly either, especially those in MLS whose teams are in tight playoff races and will have important league matches the following week.