Costa Rica vs. USA, 2014 World Cup qualifying: USMNT goes down 3-1
Another World Cup qualifying cycle, another loss for the United States in Costa Rica. Michael Bradley's injury hindered the U.S. early in a convincing Ticos win.
Injuries have created serious questions at right back and striker for the United States heading into Friday's World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica, who should have all of their first choice players available. While the U.S. are coming off of a run of nine points from three games in June's Hex matches and an emphatic Gold Cup win, they're far from heavy favorites in a match that could virtually clinch a World Cup berth for themselves or the Ticos.
Jozy Altidore has been cleared to practice after sustaining a hamstring injury, but he looks unlikely to be fit to start on Friday. Herculez Gomez is out of the squad with an injury, meaning that Eddie Johnson or new USMNT striker Aron Johansson will have to start up top for the U.S., unless Jurgen Klinsmann opts to play Clint Dempsey out of position. The right back situation is also less than ideal, with Steve Cherundolo and Brad Evans missing out through injury, while Klinsmann opted not to select Timothy Chandler. It could mean a return to the starting right back role for Geoff Cameron, who has been playing the position for Stoke City in England.
Match date/time: Friday, 10 p.m. ET
Venue: Estadio Nacional, San Jose, Costa Rica
TV: beIn Sport (U.S.)
Online: beIN Sport Play (U.S.)
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