USA looking to make history in qualifying finale in Costa Rica

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – Despite possibly conceding 5 or less goals to Costa Rica on Wednesday and still qualifying for the World Cup, coach Gregg Berhalter and the men’s U.S. men’s team players maintained The intention to win remains unaffected.

Few of the players left in the group failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, but the lesson is still there.

“Obviously, we’re in a great situation and we know it, but I think going into the game against Trinidad we think we’re in a good situation too,” the defender said. right DeAndre Yedlin, one of four players along with Christian. Pulisic, Paul Arriola and Kellyn Acosta are on the current roster who played in the infamous defeats to Trinidad and Tobago in 2017 that kept the team out of the last World Cup.

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It would be an even greater disaster if the United States missed out this time around. The Americans have not conceded six or more goals since a 6-0 loss to France in a friendly in 1979.

The drive to qualify goes hand in hand with the possibility of making history in Costa Rica, where the team went 0-9-2 in World Cup qualifying. In the last qualifying round, USMNT lost 4-0 to Costa Rica, causing coach Jurgen Klinsmann to be fired.

“We’re now in a position where history tells us we can go to Costa Rica and win our first national team selection,” said midfielder Tyler Adams. “So for us, again, put a check mark next to something that no other team has done yet.

“We’ve got this match-by-match mentality and some of the stipulations that come with it that we can be one of the first teams to do this and get that record.”

With only one match left, Canada (28 points) is the only team in CONCACAF that has officially qualified. The US and Mexico (25 each) are only in that position thanks to an advantage over Costa Rica (22 points) in goal difference.

The top three finishers in CONCACAF automatically qualify for the Qatar FIFA World Cup, while the fourth place team will enter a one-match playoff against the winner of the Oceania Confederation (New Zealand or Solomon Islands) in June.

Costa Rica coach Luis Fernando Suarez faces and interesting dilemmas. The Ticos there were nine players getting yellow cards and if any of them received a yellow card in the game against USMNT, they would – assuming they finished fourth in CONCACAF – be suspended for the playoffs. That situation raises the possibility that Costa Rica will use its best players to secure a playoff spot.

“It won’t change tomorrow, but it’s a stupid rule,” says Berhalter. “We go 14 laps and if a guy gets a yellow shirt in the first round in round 14, they sit out the biggest game? That doesn’t make any sense and I feel for us or Costa Rica, who will have to deal with that.

“We predict that they will put out their best squad, that they will go with that, but it could change. We have identified all of their players on their roster. We got to know all of their players and looked for the potential for change.”

Berhalter said right-back Reggie Cannon returned to the US team on Tuesday and is set to train with the team. He missed the last two games against Mexico and Panama after testing positive for COVID-19.

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Luke Plunkett

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