March 22, 2018

Costa Rica Set To Clinch World Cup 2018 Spot Tonight

06 September 2017, 01:54 | Kristopher Drake

Bryan Ruiz will be Costa Rica’s key player

Bryan Ruiz will be Costa Rica's key player

As suggested on this week's Golazo Podcast Costa Rica vs Mexico could be the Futbolgrad Network game of the week, as Mexico's national team travel to Costa Rica to defend first place in the CONCACAF World Cup qualification group and to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation. Eventually, with enough persistence, the USA found its breakthrough via Wood and escaped San Pedro Sula with the draw. A point means the Americans keep their advantage over Honduras in the standings, and they know that two wins from their final two games will see them qualify for the World Cup. Considering the US was able to beat Honduras 6-0 at home back in March, it feels like the team is moving backwards right when it should be starting to peak. The U.S. was stunned Friday by a home loss against Costa Rica.

The U.S. has one win in 38 World Cup qualifiers when trailing at the half (1-32-6). It was facing consecutive losses in World Cup qualifying for the second time in this hexagonal round, this time on the road against a not-great Honduras team.

While he hasn't appeared here for the senior team, midfielder Christian Pulisic did play at Estadio Olimpico during the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship. The U.S. fans inside the ground and watching around the country were ecstatic.

As ugly as the first half was for the USA, the second half provided some signs of promise. Just three minutes in the Yanks looked more coordinated than they had against Costa Rica. On the road, the Mexico national team played three matches, tied 0: 0 with Panama and defeated United States of America 2: 1 and Trinidad and Tobago 1: 0. And in the 27th minute, Romell Quioto collected a through ball by unpressured playmaker Alexander Lopez in a narrow channel between Gonzalez and Zusi. He was on the field here four years ago when the United States - playing under a midafternoon sun in a slightly more forgiving February - lost to Honduras, 2-1, in the opener of the final round of qualifying. This proved to be tactically sound as Vela provided Hernandez and Nestor Araujo with the game's two assists. "It's more in our hands now", said forward Jordan Morris.

Van Nistelrooy scores for Man Utd on Old Trafford return
Romelu Lukaku has revealed he was forced to keep Zlatan Ibrahimovic's decision to re-sign for Manchester United a secret.

The Honduras match featured an active start for the USMNT.

A late Bobby Wood pulled the US out of crisis mode. Making amends for his earlier gaffe, Gonzalez kept the game alive around the 80th minute with a sliding tackle on Lozano that likely would have produced a free chance on goal. Honduras cleared it away, but the sequence provided a glimmer of hope for an anemic US offense.

Navas made the save but the ball deflected off the unlucky Gamboa and into the back of the net despite the Real Madrid goalkeeper's desperation.

Chances generally proved few and far between down the stretch, but Arena's decision to bring Wood on and move to a formation featuring three at the back paid dividends. Not only did the U.S. lose, but they dropped three points at home (to make it six points dropped at home so far in the Hex). Whatever the result, both teams will nearly certainly play in the World Cup next summer.

Other News

Trending Now

Bojangles' Southern 500 Playbook & Lineups — DFS NASCAR
Truex is seeking his second straight Southern 500 and his ninth victory in two years with Denver-based Furniture Row Racing . The retro scheme idea, cooked up by NASCAR a few years ago, has become one of the best ideas amid rough times for the sport.

In need of a quarterback, Broncos reunite with Brock Osweiler
The Broncos gambled on Paxton Lynch with a first-round pick in the 2016 draft, but that gamble didn't pay off. The Browns still will owe Osweiler approximately $15.225 million.

Kenyatta urges for calm after Supreme Court ruling
Judge David Maranga, announcing the verdict, said: "The declaration [of Kenyatta's win] is invalid, null and void ". The court ruled 4-2 in Odinga's favor, saying the electoral commission committed "illegalities and irregularities".

Windows 10 Falls Creator Update set for October release
The company has long touted mixed reality as the next evolution of personal computing, most notably with its own HoloLens device. It sounds handy that Windows 10 allows you to treat a text message received on your phone just like another email in your inbox.

Indian journalist critical of right wing shot dead at her residence
Rahul Gandhi tweeted, "Anybody who speaks against ideology of BJP-RSS is pressured, beaten, attacked and even killed". Lankesh worked with various publications, including Sunday magazine, and later for a Telugu TV channel in New Delhi .

Sri Lanka bat after rain delay, India make four changes
With 63 runs on the board and three wickets down, fans had expected another day of disappointing performance. Thirimanne made 67 for his 18th ODI half-century off 102 deliveries including three boundaries and a six.

Animal Rescue Fund Of The Hamptons Rescues Animals In Texas
RedRover , a nationwide non-profit organization has teamed up with Texas SPCA to care for the pets that were relocated to Dallas. Working with the Houston Humane Society , the group plans to make a second trip into Texas to rescue more pups.

Harvey victim funds may be delayed without debt limit increase: Mnuchin
If Congress approves the relief but additional money is not borrowed, "we're not going to be able to get that money to the state". Members of US Congress return from summer recess Tuesday with the eyes of bond traders squarely upon them.

Heat Wave Kicks Off Labor Day Weekend in San Diego
Smoke from nearby wildfires will also linger to start the day but south winds may help to improve conditions later in the day. High temperatures in the desert included 116 degrees in Palm Springs, 114 degrees in Thermal and 113 degrees in Indio.

Trentin outsprints rivals to take third Vuelta stage win
TheBahrain-Merida rider finally made his move with 13km to go and opened up a 20-second gap with Froome's group but could not sustain the pressure and was soon caught.