USMNT: The Yanks Face an Uphill Battle to Secure a Result Against Costa Rica

Jake LittleContributor IIIMarch 20, 2013

Jurgen Klinsmann will be in the hot seat if the US don't secure a result against Costa Rica.
Jurgen Klinsmann will be in the hot seat if the US don't secure a result against Costa Rica.Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

The United States will be hoping to rebound from a disappointing start to 2014 World Cup Qualifiers on Friday when they face Costa Rica in Denver.

United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann has not enjoyed the success that many thought would come with his appointment.

The German has failed to record a win in 2013, with his overall record dropping to 12 wins in 23 matches in charge of the yanks.

With only the top three teams allotted an automatic qualification, a win against Costa Rica will not be easy, but it seems increasingly important, considering the Americans' next game is away at the Estadio Azteca to face a hungry Mexican side.

In 2010's qualifying campaign, then manager Bob Bradley was only able to secure one point from two meetings with the Costa Ricans.

After a shocking 2-1 loss to Honduras in early February, many United States supporters believe that wins in the two upcoming fixtures are vital.

Klinsmann's side will be enduring both games with a shallow roster. Steve Cherundolo, Jonathan Bornstein, Tim Howard and captain Carlos Bocanegra are not included in the 23 man roster.

With such a lack of experience at the back, many Americans are pessimistic about how well their side will compete.

Although the defense is severely depleted, the United States will be thankful for their abundance of depth in midfield and attacking options.

Midfielders Jermaine Jones, Maurice Edu and Michael Bradley are all available to start.

Up front, Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, Herculez Gomez and Eddie Johnson will all be hoping to get on the pitch.

Dempsey will be captaining the side against Costa Rica, with vice captain Landon Donovan also missing.

In 2010 World Cup qualifying the United States topped their group with 20 points, four of which came from matches against Costa Rica and Mexico.

If the United States are going to secure a full three points against Costa Rica, the defense is going to have to play as if they have been there before.

Costa Rica are currently joint top scorers in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying group.