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U.S. team needs at least 1 point on Tuesday at Honduras

U.S. team needs at least 1 point on Tuesday at Honduras”

Costa Rica beat the visiting US 4-0 in November, leading to Klinsmann's firing.

Herculez Gomez and Kasey Keller reflect on the U.S.'s psyche after their crushing defeat ahead of a crucial Honduras clash.

Marcos Urena's brace led Costa Rica to a 2-0 win over the US Men's National Team Friday night in New Jersey. That's the scenario they face should Panama beat Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday and then the U.S.in October. His club teammate Matt Besler was an unused substitute as Costa Rica won a World Cup qualifier on American soil for just the second time ever.

However, facing Central American opposition on the road is a very different proposition, as the USA discovered in 2013, losing 2-1 in the first game of an ultimately successful campaign.

"We didn't capitalize on potential opportunities".

Urena then pounced on another sloppy piece of United States defending eight minutes from time to complete a miserable night for the hosts. Will the United States be able to thwart the offense of Costa Rica? "I thought they outplayed us and outcoached us".

The United States men's national team has put themselves into quality position for qualification, but a home win today to Costa Rica would go a long way toward solidifying their trip to Russian Federation for the World Cup. Navas then made a sliding stop on Jozy Altidore just before Urena's second goal.

Switzerland continue ideal qualifiers record with their eight wins as many games.

"We'll respond in a big way, like we always try to do", captain Michael Bradley said.

Ream, taking over from injured John Brooks, was paired with Cameron in central defence for the first time.

"We're not anxious", Bradley said.

"We obviously didn't play well on the night", Arena said.

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"We didn't have a good night... they outplayed us", USA coach Bruce Arena told reporters after the game.

Darlington Nagbe attempts a shot at goal to get the US back into the game in the second half.

"(Pulisic) had a tough game today", Arena said.

There are just three games left for the US, two of which are on the road.

"For me, everything happened a little bit too fast".

Losing two home games in the Hex is a giant screw-up by the USA, but it's kind of insane how much you can screw up in the Hex and still qualify for the World Cup. Honduras' 2-1 win over Trinidad & Tobago has brought them level on points with the US, with the Americans ahead on goal difference.

With another stunning home loss, the United States' hopes of reaching an eighth straight World Cup berth are in peril.

How many points should the US need to qualify automatically? Ream almost gifted Costa Rica the opener, turning the ball over in his own half to Bryan Ruiz, who spared the Fulham man blushes by making a mess of things after a nice run on goal. "It's going to be a battle amongst the remaining four teams". "We'll bounce back, forget about it and move forward". We're getting close to the drop-dead deadline, and nobody wants to deal with the stress that comes with that.

The second to last World Cup qualifiers are underway as six teams already book Russian Federation 2018 World Cup berth.

Bruce Arena has a lot of thinking to do before Tuesday's match in Honduras.

"We have to put this past us real quick", Arena said.



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