Gregg Berhalter takes a second win as the United States coach against Costa Rica. Sebastian Lletget and Paul Arriola scored in the second half to give USMNT the victory.
The first half of the game presented itself very complicated for both teams, as the United States and Costa Rica both fight for the control of the ball. During the second half both coaches made strategic changes where Sebastian Lletget took the field and was in charge of scoring the first goal for the American side. Gregg Berhalter sums his second win as the USMNT manager, starting his time in front of the United States nice and smoothly.
The United States will face Chile and Ecuador during the March FIFA window, where he will be able to call the European based players.
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90' GAME IS OOOVEEEER !!!! The United States take the win against Costa Rica 2-0.
88' GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAL GOOOOOOOOOOOAL GOOOAAAAAAAL !!!! Paul Arriola puts the second goal in favor of the United States
86' Pablo Arboine leaves the match after the injury, in goes José Miguel Cubero
84' Pablo Arboine is injured, the game is stop for a moment.
82' Costa Rica makes another move. David Guzmán leaves the field, in goes Néstor Monge
Sebastian Lletget header from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner
80' GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAL !!!! Sebastian Lletget scores the first for the United States !!!
78' After all the changes in the lineups, the rythm of the game is slower but USMNT keeps controlling the game
77' USMNT makes another move. Christian Ramirez goes in for Gyasi Zardes
76' Costa Rica makes a move. Out goes Marvin Loría. Joseph Mora takes the field
74' The United States keeps pressuring from the sides but Costa Rica's defense stops every play
72' Walker Zimmerman is shown the yellow card
70' USMNT takes out Baird. In goes John Lewis
70' Game is stopped because David Guzmán from Costa Rica is injured
68' Lletget takes control of the ball, sends a center to Baird who takes the shot but the ball is wide and high !!!
66' Roldan shot WAS SOOO CLOOOOSEEEE !!!! The United States should be up in the score by now!!
64' The team of Gregg Berhalter keeps pushing Costa Rica, the USMNT is getting close to scoreeee !!!
62' The United States make a move. In goes Sebastian Lletget out Mihailovic
60' Djordje Mihailovic wins a free kick in the defensive half, but the play doesn't go any further
58' Aaron Long try a right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high
56' Costa Rica moves the cards. In goes Alberth Villalobos, José Alfaro takes the bench
54' USMNT keeps pushing Costa Rica's side but fail to concrete the play
52' Keysher Fuller gets the card for foul over Mihailovic
50' The United States are coming strong in the begining of the second half. They're looking to score
48' Nick Lima left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal
46' Corey Baird shot goes so close of Alvarado's box !!!! Zardes with the assist
45' SECOND HALF IS UNDERWAAAAAY !!! Costa Rica takes the first ball of this half
The last time USMNT faced Costa Rica, the Ticos took the win 2-0. It was a FIFA World Cup qualy game
45' First half is OVEEER! Both teams got chances close to the box but neither of them were capable to score, as both teams defense are on spot.
44' Ronaldo Araya from Costa Rica wins a free kick in the attacking half.
42' Just three more minutes to play in the first half. Both teams keep fighting to take control of the game
40' Corey Baird wins the ball in USMNT field and attempts the counter attack but the Ticos defense stops the play!
38' Free-kick for Costa Rica that becomes a dangerous play for the local team that fights to take it out from Steffen zone!
36' Costa Rica gets to the box, but the ball is sent directly to Steffen's hands
34' Foul by David Guzmán from Costa Rica
32' The pressure from the USMNT is working and the game is back to center of the field
30' Gregg Berhalter's teams is getting back the control of the game, though the Ticos are pushing hard for the ball
28' Araya sends the ball to Cruz who sends it back to Araya but the United States defense stops the attempt
26' Walker Zimmerman wins his first ball from above. Costa Rica's defense needs to be on spot with the most dangerous player of USMNT
24' The bench of the United States starts warming up
22' Paul Arriola from USMNT wins a free kick in the defensive half.
21' Corner for the Ticos, Matosas' team is getting closer to score!!!!
19' Zardes shots from the middle of the field, but Alvarado is on spot to take the ball
16' Corner for the United States but the attempt is sent wide by Costa Rica's defense
14' The USMNT moves the ball left and right trying to find the way to Costa Rica's box, but the Ticos are strong on defense
12' Both teams keep pushing to take control of the a game where Costa Rica looks better on the field
10' Gustavo Arriola goes wide but Fuller is close to the play and prevents the striker's way to the box!
9' United States responds but Berhalter squads gets in offside!
7' David Guzmán shot goes close to the box. Costa Rica wants to score the first goal
5' Costa Rica gets a defensive free kick
4' Costa Rica gets the ball and gets to the United States field but the play is closed by the American defense
2' The USMNT starts pushing the rival field trying to get closer to the box since the begining!
1' Game is UNDWERWAAAAAY !!!!
Emily Griswold sings the United States National Anthem
Costa Rica National Anthem sounds at Avaya Stadium in San José, California
Costa Rica starting XI! 1. Esteban Alvarado, 4. Keysher Fuller, 3. Pablo Arboine, 15. Francisco Calvo, 12. Waylon Francis, 20. David Guzmán, 13. Allan Cruz, 25. Marvin Loría, 17. Ronaldo Araya, 16. José Alfaro, 11. José Guillermo Ortíz
Welcome to the preview and play by play of the United States vs. Costa Rica, an international friendly match to be played this Saturday, February 2nd