HARRISON, N.J. (AP) The United States put a hopes of an eighth true World Cup berth in peril, giving adult a span of goals to Marco Urena in a 2-0 better to Costa Rica on Friday night that brought a Americans’ resurgence underneath manager Bruce Arena to a crashing thud.
Urena spun around defender Tim Ream, afterwards held Tim Howard disposition and kick a goalkeeper to a distant post in a 31st minute. Urena, a sole brazen in a 4-5-1 formation, doubled a lead in a 82nd with a shot from 18 yards after David Guzman intercepted a bad pass by Geoff Cameron.
”Clearly, walking divided tonight though any points is disappointing, really disappointing,” Arena said. ”We apparently didn’t play good tonight, didn’t make any plays that mattered.”
The Americans have mislaid dual home games in a World Cup cycle for a initial time given 1957 and expected will need points on a highway to strech subsequent year’s contest in Russia.
It was only their third home detriment in subordinate given 1985 – and came 16 years to a day a U.S. and Arena mislaid 3-2 to Honduras during Washington’s RFK Stadium.
With 3 games left in a final turn of a North and Central American and Caribbean region, a United States was sticking to third place – a final involuntary berth – and formula after Friday could dump a U.S. down a standings.
The Americans play during Honduras on Tuesday night, afterwards tighten a hexagonal subsequent month during home opposite Panama and during Trinidad and Tobago. American brazen Jozy Altidore is dangling for Tuesday’s diversion after an 80th notation yellow label for pulling Johan Venegas.
”This organisation is clever and prepared for this challenge,” U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley said.
Christian Pulisic, a Americans’ rising 18-year-old star, had a best U.S. scoring possibility in a 67th notation though was denied by goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who batted a turn with his right palm off his right foot, and it was privileged to safety. Navas afterwards done a shifting stop on Jozy Altidore only before Urena’s second goal.
Many Costa Rican fans were in a throng of 26,500 during Red Bull Arena for a initial World Cup qualifier in a New York area, avoided in a past by a U.S. Soccer Federation as it sought pro-American crowds.
Arena regularly hectored Panamanian arbitrate John Pitti, who did not call chastisement kicks when Altidore was pushed to a belligerent in a initial half and Clint Dempsey was knocked down in a second.
Desperate for a goal, Arena finished a compare with 4 forwards after inserting Dempsey in a 65th notation and Jordan Morris in a 84th.
Mexico and Costa Rica lead a standings with 14 points each, followed by a U.S. with eighth, Panama with seven, Honduras with 5 and Trinidad with three.
In after games, Honduras was during Trinidad and Tobago and Mexico hosted Panama.
”Right now Mexico and Costa Rica … substantially qualified,” Area said. ”It’s going to be a conflict among a remaining 4 teams.”
While a tip 3 teams qualify, a fourth-place finisher modernized to a playoff opposite Asia’s No. 5 team.
The U.S. non-stop a final turn with a 2-1 home detriment to Mexico and a 4-0 subjection during Costa Rica, causing a USSF to glow manager Jurgen Klinsmann and move behind Arena, a Americans’ manager from 1998-2006. The U.S. had been 9-0-5 underneath Arena, winning home qualifiers opposite Honduras and Trinidad and gaining draws during Panama and Mexico.
Costa Rica went forward after Howard privileged a turn to past midfield and a Ticos won possession. With Ream and Cameron separate wide, Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz played a by pass to Urena.
Urena took several touches to get around Ream and from a far-reaching angle, speckled Howard committing to his left to urge his nearby post. Urena slotted a turn to a distant post, past a goalkeeper’s outstretched right arm.
Ream, holding over from harmed John Brooks, was interconnected with Cameron in executive invulnerability for a initial time. Just before a goal, Arena slapped his arms in offend when Ream, who played for New York during Red Bull Arena in 2010-11, played a turn behind to Howard rather than allege it upfield.
Cameron’s gaffe led to Urena’s 13th idea in 56 general appearances..
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