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Five Things To Know Before Tonight’s Game Against Costa Rica

Did you take my advice and get fired up for the Copa America Centenario? If not, read this and get on board. Once you’ve absorbed all of that into your noggin, let me tell you why tonight’s game against Colombia is HUGE for the United States…

 

1. The U.S. needs to win. (But a draw is okay. Definitely can’t lose.)

Colombia is going to win the group, but the U.S. is still very much in the hunt to earn the runner-up spot and a ticket in the knockout round of the tournament. To do so, the Americans will need to handle business tonight against Costa Rica, which tied Paraguay in its first game. Tonight is a must-win or tie to stay alive.

Here’s a look at the current group standings through one game:

Group A
Win Lose Draw Points
 Colombia 1 0 0 3
 Costa Rica 0 0 1 1
 Paraguay 0 0 1 1
 United States 0 1 0 0

A draw between Costa Rica and Paraguay was the best thing that could happen for America’s chances. Now a win over either team should have the U.S. in a great spot to advance, assuming they both lose to Colombia. What can’t happen is another L for the U.S. tonight. That would eliminate them from moving on.

2. The USMNT hasn’t lost to Costa Rica at home in official competition since 1989.

The two teams have faced each other 15 times on American soil in official competition since Costa Rica’s last win. You may remember the 2014 World Cup qualifier played in the snow in Denver:

However, Costa Rica won a friendly against the Americans in New Jersey last fall.

3. The Americans are slightly favored.

For you bettin’ folks…

United States: -125
Costa Rica: +425
Draw: +240

4. Clint Dempsey is the only American with a career goal against Costa Rica.

Dempsey has two on the “Ticos,” but no one else on the roster has found the back of the net in this rivalry. That will need to change tonight for the young Americans looking to find their place with the USMNT.

Let’s go Bobby Wood.

5. Costa Rica is ranked No. 23 in the world. 

The Yanks are eight spots back at No. 31.

But that home Chicago crowd should carry them to victory.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

7 Comments for Five Things To Know Before Tonight’s Game Against Costa Rica



  1. thabeast
    5:37 pm June 7, 2016 Permalink

    Are they playing Colombia or Costa Rica?



  2. ekywildcat
    5:50 pm June 7, 2016 Permalink

    be still my heart…I may not be able to handle the excitement.



  3. BLUEVADER
    7:40 pm June 7, 2016 Permalink

    SOCCER SUCKS MY KIDS WILL NEVER WATCH IT OR PLAY IT! WORST SPORT IN THE WOTLD! THE SPORT OF THE WORLD TRYING TO CRAM DOWN AMERICANS THRIATS!! PPPPPPPFFFFEEEWWWWWWWW FREAKING GAY!!!



  4. CB3UK
    7:41 pm June 7, 2016 Permalink

    6. This is soccer, so do yourself a favor and watch the latest network sitcom rerun instead. Or cut your eyes with razorblades. Your choice.

  5. The only thing I hate worse than track is field…and soccer.



  6. 3 fan
    9:27 pm June 7, 2016 Permalink

    I’d rather read more of the depressing football posts that about damn soccer



  7. thelexcat
    10:05 pm June 7, 2016 Permalink

    Take that Costa Rica. 4-0 beeches! You come out trying to pick a fight and got punched in the mouth.
    ‘Merica!