October 13, 2015
By Michael Lewis
NOW AND THEN
Looking at both USMNT's home winless streaks to CONCACAF teams
HARRISON, N.J. -- The U.S. men's national team could not equalize against Costa Rica in its 1-0 loss in an international friendly Tuesday, but they still tied a rather dubious team record at Red Bull Arena.
|Costa Rica defender Bryan Jose Oviedo runs the USA's Bobby Wood off the ball in the second half of Tuesday's 1-0 US loss at Red Bull Arena.
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The Americans extended their winless streak at home against CONCACAF teams to four games, tying a record that is some 50 years old.
That happened from 1957 to 1965, when the national side had an excuse. It wasn't very good in those days, especially against a juggernaut Mexico team.
The 2015 version of the team has no excuse as one of the two powers in CONCACAF.
The most recent winless streak:
* A 2-1 semifinal loss to Jamaica in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in Atlanta on July 22
* A 1-1 draw with Panama in the Gold Cup third-place match (the Central Americans won the shootout, 4-3) in Chester, Pa. on July 25.
* A 3-2 extratime loss to Mexico in the CONCACAF Cup in Pasadena, Calif. on Saturday, Oct. 10.
* And now the defeat to Costa Rica here.
The only time a four-game winless streak occurred in U.S. soccer history was over an eight-year period:
* A 7-2 drubbing by Mexico in Long Beach, Calif. on April 28, 1957.
* A 3-2 loss to Canada in St. Louis on July 6, 1957.
* A 3-3 draw with Mexico in Los Angeles on Nov. 13, 1960.
* And a 2-2 tie with Mexico in Los Angeles on March 7, 1965.
The USA's next game will be a World Cup qualifier against Saint Grenadines, a team that has never reached the CONCACAF hexagonal, let alone a World Cup.
If the Americans tie or lose against the Caribbean side, there will be hell to pay on so many levels.