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World Cup Qualifying Preview: USA - Costa Rica

Without a point in the Hex and fresh off inquisitions into Jurgen Klinsmann's communication with the players, the United States hosts Costa Rica in World Cup qualifying.

By Zac Lee Rigg

USA coaching staff Jurgen Klinsmann, Martin Vasquez, Andreas Herzog
Tom Szczerbowski
USA (4-3-2-1): Guzan; Beasley, Gonzalez, Edu, Cameron; Beckerman, Bradley, Jones; Eddie Johnson, Dempsey; Gomez.


GOALKEEPERS: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS: Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Justin Morrow (San Jose Earthquakes)

MIDFIELDERS: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Roma), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Maurice Edu (Bursaspor), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Brek Shea (Stoke City), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

FORWARDS: Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur), Herculez Gomez (Santos), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC)

Costa Rica (4-3-3): Pemberton; Gamboa, Giancarlo Gonzalez, Umaña, Meneses; Bolaños, Borges, Ariel Rodriguez; Campbell, Saborio, Ruiz.


GOALKEEPERS: Keylor Navas (Levante), Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense)

DEFENDERS: Juan Diego Madrigal (Santos de Guápiles), Christian Gamboa (Rosenborg), Michael Umaña (Saprissa), Johnny Acosta (Dorados de Sinaloa), Giancarlo González (Valerenga), Roy Miller (New York Red Bulls), Bryan Oviedo (Everton), Christopher Meneses (Alajuelense)

MIDFIELDERS: Celso Borges (AIK), Osvaldo Rodríguez (Santos de Guápiles), Cristian Bolaños (Copenhagen), Ariel Rodríguez (Pérez Zeledón), Keylor Soto (Pérez Zeledón), Yeltsin Tejeda (Saprissa), Michael Barrantes (Aalesund), Diego Calvo (Alajuelense), Bryan Ruiz (Fulham), Mauricio Castillo (Cartagines)

FORWARDS: Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake), Joel Campbell (Real Betis), Jairo Arrieta (Columbus Crew)
  • This is the second match of the Hexagonal for each team. The United States lost its opener away to Honduras. Costa Rica came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Panama.
  • Three days after this match, the Yanks travel to Azteca to take on Mexico. Costa Rica hosts Jamaica.
  • Injuries have ravaged the U.S. depth for Jurgen Klinsmann. Edgar Castillo (facial fractures), Timmy Chandler (hamstring), Steve Cherundolo (knee), Tim Howard (back), Fabian Johnson (hip), Jonathan Spector (ankle), Jose Torres (hamstring) and Danny Williams (illness) will all miss out.
  • Aside from Clarence Goodson (34 international appearances), the remaining five U.S. defenders have 19 caps among them.
  • Klinsmann dropped captain Carlos Bocanegra (110 caps) from the roster after benching him against Honduras. "The reason he’s not here is because he’s simply not playing," Klinsmann said. "He’s not getting any minutes with Racing Santander in the second division in Spain, so he has no flow, he has no rhythm, and he understands the situation. Carlos is still in our picture."
  • Michael Bradley, Dempsey, Maurice Edu and Graham Zusi will be suspended with one more yellow card.

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Team News
Available Squads
18Bradley GuzanGoalkeeper
21C. GoodsonDefender
7DaMarcus BeasleyMidfielder
20Geoff CameronDefender
-Omar GonzalezDefender
-Graham ZusiStriker
13Jermaine JonesMidfielder
4Michael BradleyMidfielder
8Clint DempseyStriker
9H. GómezStriker
17Jozy AltidoreStriker
22Nick RimandoGoalkeeper
-Sean JohnsonGoalkeeper
15Justin MorrowDefender
-Matt BeslerMidfielder
2Tony Beltran Defender
10Brek SheaMidfielder
21Eddie JohnsonStriker
-J. CoronaStriker
-Kyle BeckermanGoalkeeper
7Maurice EduMidfielder
16Sacha KljestanMidfielder
-Terrence BoydStriker
1K. NavasGoalkeeper
-Bryan Oviedo
-Cristian GamboaDefender
3Giancarlo GonzálezDefender
-M. UmañaDefender
19R. MillerDefender
7Christian BolañosMidfielder
11Michael Barrantes RojasMidfielder
-A. Rodríguez
9A. SaboríoStriker
-Bryan RuizStriker
23P. PembertonGoalkeeper
-C. MenesesDefender
3J. AcostaDefender
-J. Madrigal
-K. Waston
5Celso BorgesMidfielder
-K. Soto
10M. CastilloMidfielder
-O. Rodríguez
17Y. TejedaMidfielder
-D. CalvoMidfielder
-J. ArrietaStriker
12Joel CampbellStriker
Players to Watch
Clint Dempsey
Clint Dempsey
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 8
Games Goals YC RC
14 8 1 0
Bryan Ruiz
Bryan Ruiz
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
11 3 1 0
Editor's Prediction
Matchday 2
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Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Peter Byers Peter Byers
10 1
B. Pérez B. Pérez
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9 0
J. Bengtson J. Bengtson
New England
9 0
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Seattle Sounders
8 2
A. Saborío A. Saborío
Real Salt Lake
8 1