United States 1-0 Costa Rica: As It Happened
The United States Men's National Team picked up a much-needed three points Tuesday night beating Costa Rica 1-0 in Commerce City, Colorado.
Here's how it happened.
Score: United States 1-0 Costa Rica (Second Half)
Goals: Dempsey 16' (U.S.)
United States: Guzan, Cameron, Gonzalez, Goodson, Beasley, Jones (Edu 82'), Bradley, Zusi (E. Johnson 76'), Dempsey, Gomez (Beckerman 90'), Altidore
Costa Rica: Keylor Navas; Roy Miller, Giancarlo González, Cristian Gamboa (Madrigal 81'), Michael Umaña; Bryan Oviedo (Calvo 74'), Michael Barrantes, Ariel Rodríguez, Bryan Ruiz; Cristian Bolaños (Joel Campbell 62'); Alvaro Saborio
Fulltime: United States 1-0 Costa Rica.
And the U.S. gets a much needed three points.
90+5' - Costa Rica has gotten the ball back, but Beasley breaks up the play.
90+5' - Cameron fouled. The U.S. should be able to kill off the game here if they're smart.
90+5' - Kyle Beckerman coming on for Gomez to kill a few more seconds.
90+4' - tick, tick, tick
90+3' - Eddie Johnson serves one in to Gomez and he just can't get there. Inches away from finding the second goal there.
90+2' - Three minutes to go for the U.S. to earn the win.
90+1' - Geoff Cameron is actually helping them shovel the field while Dempsey is tended to.
90' - Dempsey fouled. Taking him time getting up. Smart game management.
Bad news for U.S. fans - five minutes of extra time coming up.
89' - U.S. holding on for dear life now. Costa Rica putting on heavy pressure.
89' - It is absolutely unbelievable, but this blizzard continues to get worse and worse.
88' - And the U.S. clears.
88' - Foul by Cameron. He runs through a Costa Rican defender to get the ball. Now a dangerous chance for Costa Rica.
86' - A dicey moment for the U.S. after a bad giveaway.
Three points for the U.S. now four minutes away.
85' - The American Outlaws "I believe that we will win!" chant audible on the TV broadcast.
84' - Gomez still running 100 miles per hour even this late in the game. Great work rate by the U.S. forward.
82' - And now Maurice Edu coming on for Jones for the U.S.
81' - Madrigal on for Costa Rica. That's their last sub.
78' - Beasley snuffs out a chance Costa Rica had brewing. He has played well tonight.
77' - Guzan well off his line on a Costa Rican cross.
I know it's a WC on the lone, but I agree with @taylortwellman, as a player, these conditions are brilliant. Can almost hear the crunch.— Phil Schoen (@PhilSchoen) March 23, 2013
There must be at least two inches of snow on the field. Can't believe this is considered playable.
76' - Zusi off. Eddie Johnson on.
75' - U.S. needs to re-establish some sort of possession soon. Difficult with conditions, but Costa Rica is starting to dominate the match.
'70 - The ball bounces around the U.S. penalty area for far too long and Costa Rica finally puts it in.
Costa Rica has the ball in the net but it's called back for offsides! Assistant Referee had his flag up immediately. Still 1-0 for #USMNT.— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) March 23, 2013
But it is called back for offsides.
The U.S. dodges a bullet.
69' - After a scramble, Costa Rica now has a corner.
only a foul. Could have been much worse for the U.S.
Still, Jones gives away a free-kick opportunity for Costa Rica in a very dangerous place.
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