With Saturday’s defeat to Mexico squarely in the rearview mirror, the full attention of the U.S. national team must now turn to qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, a quest which begins next month.
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On Tuesday, Jurgen Klinsmann’s men will officially turn the page from a summer of disappointment to the next objective ahead of them, with a friendly against fellow CONCACAF powerhouse Costa Rica at Red Bull Arena.
Tuesday’s friendly is sure to feature a heavily changed lineup from Saturday’s defeat following a number of changes to the overall roster (link below). While the likes of Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Matt Besler and Kyle Beckerman will be dropped after they were released from camp on Sunday, another significant change and potential passing (back) of the torch is expected to take place, according to current no. 1 goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who relayed Monday that he will make way for Tim Howard‘s return to the USMNT starting lineup following a year-long sabbatical post-2014 World Cup.
The USMNT will officially begin its 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign with a home fixture against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on Nov. 13 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Trinidad and Tobago and Guatemala round out the USMNT’s Group C foes for the fourth and penultimate round of CONCACAF qualifying.