Concacaf 2022 World Cup Qualifier: USA 2 – Costa Rica 1


COLUMBUS, Ohio (October 13, 2021) – The United States Men’s National Team closed the October World Cup qualifying window on a high note with a 2-1 win over Costa Rica. After a frenzied start that saw Costa Rica take the lead after just one minute of play, defender Sergiño Dest scored a spectacular goal to tie it in the 25th.e minute and the hard blow of striker Tim Weah in the 66e resulted in Costa Rica’s game-winning goal against own side. Playing in front of a loud and full crowd of 20,165 on their return to Columbus at the new Field, the USMNT improved to an all-time 9-1-3 in the Ohio capital.

Playing their third World Cup qualifying game in seven days, the United States started the night in second in the octagonal standings – and will end the night no lower than that while awaiting the other results – while winning three. other important points about the trip to Qatar. 2022. The United States returns to action in the November International Window, facing Mexico in Cincinnati, Ohio on November 12, before traveling to face Jamaica in Kingston on November 16.

With an average age of 22 years and 199 days, the United States have taken the field not only with their youngest roster in World Cup qualifying but also in any official competition. The kick-off of the match triggered a frenzied first minute. After goalkeeper Zack Steffen came out of the penalty area for a header, Costa Rica jumped at the consequences as Ronald Matarrita served a cross for Keysher Fuller slicing into the box for the game’s first goal and a dream start for Los Ticos.

Although he conceded early, the USMNT responded well and controlled the game in advance, dominating possession while staging much more dangerous attacks than the visitors. Weah and compatriot Brenden Aaronson wreaked havoc on the wings, both using their speed and work ethic to step into open spaces. The midfield trio of Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie and Yunus Musah did well to move the team forward as the United States built their attacks with patience, but also with quick and quick passes, and passed. the majority of the half-time in Tico territory.

With a number of quality opportunities created by flanking, it seemed like when, and not if, the United States was going to do well. That well-deserved goal came to pass. the 25th minute when Weah changed courts playing left to right through the penalty area for Musah, who played back inside to Dest. He touched his left to make room for a left-footed shot and thundered into the upper left corner from 18 yards to make the score 1-1.

Costa Rica threatened a bit late in the half as Steffen was forced to make a slipped save in the 37th and jumped to make another save in the 39th, but the United States entered the locker room after two more good chances, a header from striker Ricardo Pepi and a chance from McKennie who arose during stoppage time.

Keylor Navas, the legendary longtime Costa Rica goalkeeper, has been substituted halfway after sustaining an injury at some point during the first half. After the U.S. frontline trampled Costa Rica’s defense underfoot for much of the first half, Los Ticos did well to prevent the USMNT from pushing too far in its defensive half to start the second. The United States still had much better ball possession, working the ball around Costa Rica’s half between occasional forays ahead of the Central Americans, including a seemingly dangerous one-on-one opportunity from veteran Bryan Ruiz than defender Miles Robinson stopped with a dazzling recovery in the 56th minute.

The difference maker came with 24 minutes left in regulation when Dest jumped on a Costa Rican error deep in their own territory and found Weah slicing through the box on the right side. Weah snatched a shot at the near post and he deflected off the post, then bounced off substitute goalie Lucas Moreira before slipping into the net much to the delight of the sold-out crowd.

The United States continued to threaten down the home stretch with substitute forward Matthew Hoppe providing a spark on his World Cup qualifying debut. The forward nearly scored a goal for Pepi shortly after entering, keeping a ball alive at the baseline and playing for the striker in front of goal. In the 87th minute, Columbus Crew forward Gyasi Zardes was greeted with a loud applause from hometown supporters as he stepped on and the United States went on to stifle several dangerous free-kick opportunities from Costa. Rica in the dying minutes to end the international window with 11 points from six games in total.


CRC – Keysher Fuller (Ronald Matarrita), 1st minute: In a crazy first minute of play, goalkeeper Zack Steffen came out of the penalty box to clear his head. In the aftermath of the clearance, Costa Rica kept the game alive and passed it to Matarrita on the left side. He rolled over to the baseline before sending a cross to an unmarked Fuller 12 yards from goal in the right side of the penalty area. Fuller jumped in for a bouncing shot to the opposite post in front of a tense Steffen for the game’s opening goal. United States 0, CRC 1

USA РSergi̱o Dest (Yunus Musah), 25th minute: After a strong build-up in his defensive half, forward Brenden Aaronson found forward Tim Weah on the left side. He sent a soaring ball through the penalty area to Musah, who controlled it and played Dest near the upper right corner of the box. The right-back took a few dribbles to his left before throwing a shot into the upper left corner of the net to tie things up at 1-1. United States 1, CRC 1

United States – Leonel Moreira (Own goal), 66th minute: Sergiño Dest jumped on a bad Costa Rican touch as he tried to play from behind and found Tim Weah slicing through the right side of the box. Weah ran with the ball for a few steps before tearing a hard-hit shot at the near post seven yards away. The ball hit the post and then deflected onto Moreira, the substitute goalie who came in at half-time, to give the United States the advantage they weren’t going to give up. United States 2, CRC 1


  • USMNT improve to 19-16-6 against Costa Rica and 7-11-3 in World Cup qualifying. This is the fourth consecutive victory for the United States against Los Ticos.

  • It was the United States’ first game at Field, but USMNT’s all-time Columbus record improves to 9-1-3, 8-1-2 in Cup qualifying of the world. The eight WCQ wins are the most important of any city.

  • With an average age of 22 years and 199 days, tonight’s starting XI was the youngest to line up by USMNT in a World Cup qualifier, beating the formation that started the 4- victory. 1 in Honduras last month (23 years, 85 days).

  • Ten of tonight’s starters were 24 and under: Antonee Robinson and Miles Robinson (24); Weston McKennie (23); Tyler Adams (22); Chris Richards and Tim Weah (21); Brenden Aaronson and Sergiño Dest (20); Ricardo Pepi and Yunus Musah (18 years old). Two teens started for USMNT for a fourth straight game.

  • Goalkeeper Zack Steffen, defender Chris Richards, midfielder Gianluca Busio and striker Matthew Hoppe made their World Cup qualifying debuts, bringing the USMNT’s total to 25 in six games. The number ranks fourth all-time after 1998 (29), 2006 and 2010 (26 each).

  • Sergiño Dest scored his second international goal and Yunus Musah had his second career assist. Musah also scored Dest for his first USMNT goal in a 4-1 win over Jamaica on March 25, 2021 in Wiener-Neustadt, Austria.

  • Dest and forward Tim Weah, who combined to force the goal against his victorious side, were teammates of the United States for the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

  • Midfielder Tyler Adams was USMNT captain for the fourth time this evening and the second time this window after wearing the armband in the 2-0 win over Jamaica last Thursday. The team is 3-0-1 with Adams as captain.

  • Midfielder Kellyn Acosta did not play tonight, ending her 19-game streak in a row, dating back to a 6-0 win over El Salvador on December 9, 2020. Acosta’s game streak was highest by a USMNT player since Landon Donovan played 35 consecutive games from 2001 to 2003.

  • Goalkeeper Sean Johnson, defender Shaq Moore and midfielder Sebastian Lletget did not dress for tonight’s game.

-United States Men’s National Team Game Report-

Meet: United States Men’s National Team vs Costa Rica

Dated: October 13, 2021
Competetion: Concacaf 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Place: field; Columbus, Ohio

Presence: 20 165 (sold)

To start up: 7 p.m. ET

Time: 71 degrees, partly cloudy

Rating summary: 1 2 F

United States 1 1 2

CRC 1 0 1

CRC – Keysher Fuller (Ronald Matarrita) 1st minute

USA РSergi̱o Dest (Yunus Musah) 25

United States – Leonel Moreira (own goal) 66

Queues :

UNITED STATES: 13-Zack Steffen; 2-Sergiño Dest (22-DeAndre Yedlin, 73), 12-Miles Robinson, 15-Chris Richards, 5-Antonee Robinson; 4-Tyler Adams (captain), 6-Yunus Musah (17-Gianluca Busio, 78), 8-Weston McKennie; 20-Tim Weah (19-Matthew Hoppe, 73), 16-Ricardo Pepi (9-Gyasi Zardes, 87), 11-Brenden Aaronson (3-Walker Zimmerman, 86)

Unused substitutes: 1-Matt Turner, 10-Cristian Roldan, 14-Luca de la Torre, 18-Mark McKenzie, 21-George Bello, 23-Kellyn Acosta

Coach: Gregg Berhalter

CRC: 1-Keylor Navas (23-Leonel Moreira, 46); 22-Ronald Matarrita, 15-Francisco Calvo, 6-Oscar Duarte (19-Kendall Waston, 84), 2-Ricardo Blanco; 17-Yeltsin Tejeda, 5-Celso Borges, 11-Johan Venegas (9-Álvaro Saborío, 84), 10-Bryan Ruiz (captain), 4-Keysher Fuller (7-Christian Bolaños, 84); 21-Jonathan Moya (12-Randall Leal, 67)
Unused substitutes: 18-Aarón Cruz, 3-Juan Pablo Vargas, 8-Bryan Oviedo, 13-Orlando Galo, 14-Jimmy Marín, 16-Youstin Salas, 20-Fernán Faerrón

Summary of statistics: United States / CRC

Shots: 12/4

Shots on goal: 5/3

Saves: 2/5

Corner kicks: 3/3

Fouls: 10/10

Offside: 4/1

Summary of Misconduct:



Referee: Daneon Parchment (Jamaica)

Assistant Referee 1: Damian Williams (Jamaica)

Assistant Referee 2: Stephanie-Dale Yee-Sing (Jamaica)

4th official: Kevin Morrison (Costa Rica)

US Soccer Insider Man of the Match: Sergiño Dest


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