USA hosts Costa Rica in round 6 of the third stage of the World Cup qualification. The match will be played on Thursday, October 14th at Lower.com Field (Columbus)
The USA was among those teams who missed the last World Cup. It happened when everyone got used to the constant presence of the Yanks in world football. Moreover, the United States regularly advanced to the playoffs. Since then, the coach has changed, and many talented young players have appeared. Against their background, Pulisic, who is by no means old, is not only a captain but already a veteran! But it is too early to say that the United States team will definitely be at the next world championship. The Yanks started the current cycle well, gaining two wins and two draws. In October, they beat Jamaica (2-0), and 18-year-old Ricardo Pepi from Dallas scored a brace. But in Panama, this streak was interrupted. The Canal Men are not bad at the moment, and they not only did not concede from Gregg Berhalter's charges but also scored the only goal. This was done by Godoy at the beginning of the 2nd half. The efforts of Timothy Weah and the company to respond with something were unconvincing.
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The national team of Costa Rica is still perceived through the prism of success at the World Cup in Brazil. In 2014, Los Ticos sensationally became the quarterfinalists. And Keylor Navas has earned an invitation to Real Madrid and the status of one of the best goalkeepers of the generation. After four years, the Tricolors went to the World Cup in Russia but became only 4th in the group. And now they risk not going to the tournament at all. North and Central America may be represented by only three national teams (and one team will try their hand in the playoffs). And Costa Ricans are only 5th so far. They had a bad start to the decisive qualification round. In September, they had one goal and two points after three games (draws against Panama and Jamaica and a 0-1 home defeat to Mexico). This window started with a goalless draw against Honduras. And only El Salvador finally fell in the last round. Having conceded an early goal, Los Ticos responded already in the 2nd half. Borges became the hero: the 33-year-old midfielder first made an assist and then converted a penalty.
The United States had problems in matches against Costa Rica a couple of years ago. But all three last games were won by the Yanks with a total score of 7-0. To be fair, these were friendly matches. Bookmakers are confident that the United States will win now. Costa Rica looks unconvincing, so you can try to bet on the victory of the Stars and Stripes in the 1st half and the whole match.
Prediction for the match: USA to win the first half and the match