Three points separate the U.S. Men’s National Team from reassurance and a state of panic. The sky hasn't fallen yet, but don’t be surprised if it does Friday night.
After a letdown in San Pedro Sula, American soccer fans have been on edge.
Landon Donovan’s profile has been superimposed on the bat-signal. A 41-year-old Brad Friedel—who retired from international soccer in 2005—offered his services, and every one of Jurgen Klinsmann's decisions has been intensely scrutinized.
The same cannot be said for Costa Rica. Not as much angst and pressure rests on the shoulders of La Sele this Friday.
A stunning comeback allowed Costa Rica to steal a pivotal point in Panama last month. The most decorated nation in Central America is on pace to qualify for its fifth World Cup. The team's odds rested at 80 percent before a 2-2 draw on the road last month (per ESPN's Soccer Power Index).
The Yanks are reeling, and Costa Rica is more than capable of landing a devastating blow.