Posted above are the video highlights from the U.S. men’s national team’s 3-1 road loss Friday to Costa Rica in World Cup qualifying.
The game was certainly one to forget, and broke a 12-game winning streak, three games short of Spain’s world record, but unfortunately there are some lingering effects beyond defeat. Most concerning is a left ankle injury suffered by star midfielder Michael Bradley in warmups, which kept him from playing against the Ticos and has him in doubt for Tuesday’s game against Mexico.
Beyond that, Jozy Altidore, Matt Besler and Geoff Cameron picked up yellow cards Friday, meaning they are certain to miss the Mexico game.
The good news? Well, Sounders FC’s Clint Dempsey made his 100th international appearance, becoming the 14th player in federation history to make that milestone. He also scored the team’s lone goal, a 43rd-minute penalty kick that got the visitors back into the game after conceding twice in the first 10 minutes.
Dempsey has 13 career goals in World Cup qualifying, most of any American, and a team-high eight in this cycle. His 84 points (36 goals, 12 assists) are tied with Eric Wynalda for second within U.S. Soccer. He had a few other chances with a 56th-minute shot from outside the box that hit the post and a 70th-minute header he hit to the goalkeeper.
More good news? The U.S. can clinch a trip to Brazil with a win against Mexico and if Honduras avoids defeat to Panama, so the loss wasn’t catastrophic by any sense. Seattle’s Eddie Johnson also got some time off the bench.
Costa Rica away, of course, could be the hardest trip in qualifying. The U.S. is 0-8-1 there on the road to the World Cup.
Last thing, Landon Donovan was back for the first time in a while.