- Ticos 9W-1D at home vs. USA
- Bolanos, Venegas score
- Campbell bags substitute brace
A woeful performance from the United States men’s national team, the type that’s been known to force change, saw Costa Rica humiliate the visiting Americans with a 4-0 blowout Tuesday in the second matchday of the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.
The Americans are now 0-2 after two Hex matches, with a CONCACAF-worst minus-5 in goal differential.
Christian Bolanos (Vancouver Whitecaps) found Venegas (Montreal Impact) for an all-MLS opener just before halftime.
Costa Rica had a bevy of dangerous chances thanks to a wet pitch, questionable USMNT back play, and a lot of room given by the American center midfielders.
The first chance went to the Yanks, who won a corner through Timmy Chandler. Brooks’ header wasn’t on goal, and Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas claimed the next cross.
Brad Guzan received his first test when Venegas megged Brooks and tried to toe poke a shot past the keeper, but Guzan made the save and Brooks dealt with the ensuing corner.
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Chandler scooped up a yellow card in the 11th minute, giving each side a caution. He won’t play against Honduras in March.
Costa Rica was on the doorstep minutes later, as Guzan stopped Ruiz’s close-range bicycle kick with his face.
Waston then dropped Pulisic on the left edge of the 18, and Johnson’s right peg was in a very promising spot. His rip beat the two-man wall but curled over the goal.
Jones and Pulisic did pretty work down the left, and Navas gobbled up Wood’s slight deflection of Pulisic’s pass. Jones will also miss Honduras after picking up a yellow in the 38th minute.
The Yanks could’ve led against the run of play when Wood torched the Costa Rican back line and sent a ball through the six that was absent receiver.
Then came the goal, as Omar Gonzalez allowed Bolanos to race onto a long pass and cross into the heart of the 18. That’s where Venegas headed past Guzan.
No changes came at the break, and it took more than 10 minutes for the first real danger. Guzan stopped Venegas on a break.
Despite the struggles of Timmy Chandler, he remained in the game and Klinsmann was frozen. No subs, and Chandler was victimized by Bolanos on the second goal, as the MLS man met Ruiz’s cross at the doorstep.
Brooks bungled a long ball, and substitute Joel Campbell danced past the defender with a nutmeg before sidefooting Guzan. He’d add another with a 1v1 break on Guzan minutes later.