Nothing went right for the USA on the night, not the tactics, not the 50-50 battles and certainly not the 50-50 refereeing decisions.
It was a very different Costa Rica side than the one the Americans faced in the Gold Cup semifinals in July. Los Canaleros will be expected to win when they host Trinidad & Tobago Tuesday in Panama City, making it even more imperative that the US gets a result in San Pedro Sula before it welcomes Panama to Orlando on Matchday 9.
While there were a few positives to take away from the 2-0 loss the United States suffered at the hands of Costa Rica, there was one glaring negative: the performance of its defense, especially the central pairing of Tim Ream and Geoff Cameron. Nagbe struggled to provide much defensive help to Bradley, and the two center-backs fared even worse, looking out of sync and misplaying several situations that resulted in chances for the visitors.
"Darlington and Michael were not the problems in our game tonight", he said.
When asked why Cameron and Ream were so far apart in the run-up to Urena's first, Arena said: "That's a good question". Borges and Navas went on to play huge roles in the match.
The poor chemistry shown between Ream and Cameron led to a surprising amount of trouble dealing with the feisty Urena, who did a good job of splitting the American defenders and causing problems despite being the lone striker in the Costa Rica attack.
Costa Rica's 4-0 demolition of the United States on November 15 in San Jose cost Klinsmann his job. They carried more of the play and it must be said, physically dominated the Americans most of the time in 50-50 duels. You don't win every game. I think he got a little frustrated. It was just that they didn't provide many moments for them to get excited.
Losing two home games in the Hex is a giant screw-up by the US, but it's kind of insane how much you can screw up in the Hex and still qualify for the World Cup.
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In Quebec, we have denoted an increase of $ 0.15 to reach a $ 1.25 a litre. "And a potential increase for Sunday", McTeague added. On Thursday in NY , the price of a barrel of crude oil for delivery in October rose USA $1.27 at closing, to U.S. $47.23.
But the USA now face a battle for the third automatic place, with Panama one point behind and Honduras favoured to go level with the Americans later Friday if they beat Trinidad and Tobago in Port of Spain. Both were chasing Mexico's 14, but Panama was looming with seven points in fourth with only the top three automatically qualifying.
United States midfielder Fabian Johnson, left, and Costa Rica defender Cristian Gamboa go up for the ball during the first half of a World Cup qualifying soccer match, Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.
But Arena didn't think his team was in any more peril than they were before Friday's defeat.
"I don't know if you've been around for the last year; qualifying has been in jeopardy for all teams in the past year". 'It's going to be a fight between the other four teams for that remaining spot'. If the Yanks fall on Tuesday at Honduras then perhaps the idea of it actually happening will move closer to reality, but until that occurs there's still confidence on the end of this sports writer.
Poland, the world's No. 5-ranked team, lost 4-0 in Denmark and now leads Group E by just three points from Montenegro and the Danes.
United States coach Bruce Arena changed things up by inserting Clint Dempsey as a second-half substitute in the 64th minute. We're not able to get this game back.
This is a matchup between two of the best teams in CONCACAF. "The likelihood is that it's going to go down to the wire, and that can't faze anybody, that can't scare us. We're still in position to qualify for the World Cup".
Arena brought on Clint Dempsey for Jorge Villafana in a bid to spark the USA attack, but when the US needed that slight bit of luck to climb back into the match, there was none to be found.