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USA
USA
Played
September 6, 2013 10:00 PM EDT
Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica — San José
Referee:‬ M. Rodríguez‎
Attendance:‬ 35000‎
 
2′ J. Acosta
Clint Dempsey 43′ (PG)
10′ Celso Borges
 
 
Top of the Match
?
To Be Announced Shortly
Joel Campbell
Joel Campbell
Costa Rica
Flop of the Match
?
To Be Announced Shortly

Costa Rica 3-1 United States: American winning streak snapped

The U.S. national team lost for the first time since May, finding the Ticos' new Estadio Nacional no kinder to visit than Saprissa.

By Thomas Floyd

Costa Rica - USA
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The venue may have changed, but the U.S. men's national team's fortunes in Costa Rica haven't improved one bit.

The United States saw its 12-game winning streak snapped Friday with a 3-1 loss to Costa Rica at the Estadio Nacional — not vaunted Saprissa of past cycles. Johnny Acosta, Celso Borges and Joel Campbell struck for the Ticos, while Clint Dempsey converted a penalty kick for the visitors.

The Americans were dealt a tough blow before the match even began, with midfield stalwart Michael Bradley limping off the field following warm-ups and being replaced in the lineup by Geoff Cameron.

Matters didn't get any better once the game started. Costa Rica didn't wait to put the United States under pressure, with Bryan Ruiz getting behind the American defense in the second minute but having his close-range effort pushed aside by Tim Howard.

It ultimately mattered not, as the Ticos scored on the subsequent corner kick. Making a near post run, Acosta nodded a shot that glanced off the head of DaMarcus Beasley, who was manning the post, and found net.

Just seven minutes later, Costa Rica doubled its advantage. Overpowering Beasley, Borges charged onto a service from Christian Bolanos and headed a shot home. After falling behind 2-0 just 13 minutes into their 3-1 World Cup qualifying loss at Saprissa in 2009, the Americans were down by that margin after nine minutes Friday.

The Americans pulled one back three minutes before intermission. Running onto a chip from Graham Zusi, Fabian Johnson collided with goalkeeper Keylor Navas at the top of the box, leading the referee to point to the spot. Going for power over placement, Dempsey in his 100th cap hit his penalty off Navas and in.

In the 57th minute, Dempsey nearly got the equalizer when his bid from beyond the box rang the post.

But Costa Rica got its insurance goal in the 75th minute when Campbell ran onto a clearance, outpaced Matt Besler and slotted a shot that slipped through Howard's legs.

The United States (4-2-1) resumes qualifying Tuesday with a crucial match against rival Mexico in Columbus, Ohio. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann's side will be without Besler, Cameron and Jozy Altidore, who were suspended with yellow cards received Friday.

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Costa Rica

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K. Navas
Goalkeeper
41′
2.50
8
Bryan Oviedo
Defender
3.50
2
Cristian Gamboa
Defender
2.50
5
3.00
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J. Acosta
Defender
2′
3.00
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M. Umaña
Defender
32′
2.50
30
Christian Bolaños
Midfielder
10′ 36′ 86′
3.00
-
Celso Borges
Midfielder
10′
3.50
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Y. Tejeda
Midfielder
73′
2.50
11
Joel Campbell
Striker
2′ 75′
4.50
-
Y. Ruiz
Striker
 - 
11
Bryan Ruiz
Striker
80′
3.00

USA

2.50
24
Tim Howard
Goalkeeper
2.50
20
2.50
16
2.00
5
Matt Besler
Defender
78′
2.00
-
M. Orozco
Defender
2.50
4
2.00
20
3.00
8
2.00
13
Jermaine Jones
Midfielder
2.50
2
2.50
10

Substitutes

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P. Pemberton
Goalkeeper
 - 
20
 - 
-
Ó. Duarte
Defender
 - 
-
C. Johnson
Defender
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 
27
M. Castillo
Midfielder
 - 
15
 - 
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D. Calvo
Striker
 - 
-
R. Brenes
Striker
86′
 - 
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V. Núñez
Striker
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
1
Bradley Guzan
Goalkeeper
 - 
18
Nick Rimando
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
E. Castillo
Defender
 - 
25
John Brooks
Defender
 - 
4
 - 
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2.50
7
 - 
5
Kyle Beckerman
Midfielder
 - 
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M. Diskerud
Midfielder
 - 
4
 - 
20
2.00
17

Coach/Manager

Coach/Manager

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  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
Matchday 7
Times In EDT
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Peter Byers Peter Byers
Striker
10 1
B. Pérez B. Pérez
Striker
FC Dallas
9 0
J. Bengtson J. Bengtson
Striker
New England
9 0
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
8 2
A. Saborío A. Saborío
Striker
Real Salt Lake
8 1