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US in peril as Urena double delivers for Costa Rica

04 September 2017, 11:27 | Sheila Mcguire

US in peril as Urena double delivers for Costa Rica

U.S. forward Clint Dempsey left is restrained

Great TIFO display by the supporters of US Soccer just as the anthems finished.

Perhaps the US should be anxious, because there was plenty to be concerned about with regard to this performance.

"We'll take a day to reflect on this and come up with a plan", Arena said.

The US opened the final round with a 2-1 home loss to Mexico and a 4-0 rout at Costa Rica, causing the USSF to fire coach Jurgen Klinsmann and bring back Arena, the Americans' coach from 1998-2006.

US in peril as Urena double delivers for Costa Rica

From a USA perspective, there was an overall lack of sharpness at both ends of the field.

Navas was called into action in the 67th minute and he had to be at his best to deny the home side after using a strong hand to stop Pulisic's deflected shot. The 2016 CONCACAF Player of the Year lifted his head and found UreƱa sprinting in between defenders Tim Ream and Geoff Cameron. Some indecision allowed Urena to turn US defender Tim Ream, before beating Tim Howard with a well-placed strike into the far corner of the net.

In the process the US set some more dubious marks. The last time the Costa Ricans defeated the Americans on their homeland came during a 1985 World Cup qualifier, with this win snapping a string of 17 straight defeats.

USA. Given that Honduras has to face group leaders Costa Rica and Mexico in its last two games, getting three points at home against the imperative.

"There's no time to feel sorry for ourselves, and we're not".

"Darlington and Michael were not the problems in our game tonight", he said.

United States captain Michael Bradley sounded a defiant note in the immediate aftermath of Friday's loss to Costa Rica, when his team were punished for sloppy defending by some expert counter-attacking by the 2014 World Cup quarter-finalists. "We had to break down seven or eight players for long periods of the game".

The U.S. was losing the game, and its cool, in equal measure. The team Costa Rica lost Gold Cup tournament in Semi Finals.

However, after Friday nights performance, they will find themselves in a battle with Honduras and Panama to see who can claim that spot and avoid a tricky two-leg playoff with the qualifier from Asia. But that will require some aspects of the Americans' game to change.

United States of America and Costa Rica, the two leaders of American football and together with the Mexicans the favorites to enter the world championship. We were outplayed in most positions on the field and made critical errors. Minus the injured Joel Campbell, the Ticos threw out their strongest possible XI, set up in their 5-4- 1 and set out to soak up attacking pressure, press and then pick the USA off on the counter, which they executed to perfection.

"[Pulisic] had a tough game today and obviously they paid a lot of attention to him", said Arena.

That was a characterization that Bradley didn't seem to dispute.

'We lost to a team that played better than us. we have to put this past us real quick and regroup for Tuesday.

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