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Landon Donovan reacts after missing a great opportunity against Costa Rica
Despite all the possession the U.S. enjoyed—especially in the first half—it never really forced Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas to make any difficult saves until late in the match when it was trailing 1-0.
Landon Donovan blew a great opportunity in the sixth minute when he shot wide after being fed by Brek Shea. It often seemed it like it was a missed final ball that killed an wonderful U.S. chance to score.
The U.S. looked most dangerous when it emphasized combination play (such as the attack that lead to the sixth-minute opportunity Donovan squandered) instead of crosses from Shea and right-back Timothy Chandler, which generally didn't threaten the Costa Rican defense.
In addition, Robbie Rodgers needed to make quicker decisions as his failure to feed Altidore quicker led to a couple of offsides calls—including one that nullified a goal in the 55th minute.