October 13, 2015
FIVE DECADE RECORD
For the 1st time in 50 years, USA fails to win 4 straight home games to CONCACAF foes in loss
HARRISON, N.J. -- Joel Campbell scored in the 70th minute to lift Costa Rica to a 1-0 victory over the United States in an international friendly at Red Bull Arena on Tuesday night.
|DeAndre Yedlin's late header provided the last gasp for the sputtering US offense against Costa Rica on Tuesday.
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The result marked the fourth consecutive home match (0-3-1) the Americans failed to win at home against CONCACAF competition, going back to their 2-1 semifinal loss to Jamaica in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. That tied a USA record set by the national team from 1957 to 1965.
Dave Myrie, who had just entered the match only two minutes prior, found plenty of room down the right flank. He had no trouble crossing the ball to Campbell at the top of the box and the Costa Rican striker fired a 14-yard shot past Tim Howard.
It was a deserved goal for the Central American side, which dominated the match before a crowd of 9,214.
Howard, making his first international start since his sterling 16-save performance in the 2-1 loss to Belgium in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, was as sharp as ever. While he was not severely tested in the opening half, he made all the saves he needed to.
That included a routine stop of Marcos Urena's shot in the fifth minute and Celso Borges' shot that went straight to the keeper.
Howard was helped by right back Brad Evans, who blocked midfielder Johan Venegas' close-range attempt in the 43rd minute.
Left back Tim Ream produced the best chance off a Brek Shea's free kick that goalkeeper Keylor Navas saved at the far left post in the 30th minute.
With the second half barely two minutes old, Urena beat center back Michael Orozco on the right side and fired a shot that just missed the left post.
Costa Rican striker Joel Campbell almost turned a USA giveaway into a goal in the 59th minute when his 25-yard blast forced Howard to parry the ball over the net.
Both teams will enter the CONCACAF semifinal round of World Cup qualifying next month.
The USA will host Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on November 13 before traveling to Trinidad & Tobago on November 17 in Group C.
The Costa Ricans will welcome Haiti on November 13 as it visits Panama four days later in Group B.