USA coach Gregg Berhalter changed his roster significantly by inserting the goalkeeper Zack Steffen among nine changes from the starting 11 after Sunday’s 1-0 loss to Panama as his team looked to collect the necessary three points against a veteran Costa Rican team.
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The Americans conceded a goal in the first minute to Costa Rica Keysher Fuller, but equalized on the 26th when Sergino Dest buried a magnificent shot from a distance on the counterattack to beat Keylor Navas.
The home side continued to put the pressure on after conceding early, but Costa Rica did not leave and saw a penalty shouted as half-time approached when Chris Richards seemed to stumble Johan Vénégas in the area after a bad giveaway from the US defense.
A goal against his side of Costa Rica gave the United States the advantage after the hour mark, when Timothy Weahthe well-hit shot from a tight angle came back from the post and bounced off the back-up keeper Leonel Moreira, who replaced injured Navas, before going into the net.
The United States saw Costa Rica scramble after taking the lead and saw several close-begging opportunities before picking up the win to move up to 11 points in six games in the team’s quest to qualify for the Cup. of the world 2022 in Qatar.
The three points were all the more impressive as the Americans fielded their youngest roster ever in a World Cup qualifier, averaging 22 years and 229 days.
The next step for Berhalter and the Americans is a huge octagonal match against Mexico November 12 in Cincinnati (watch live on ESPN2 at 9:10 p.m. ET).