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U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM

October 13, 2015
NOW AND THEN
Looking at both USMNT's home winless streaks to CONCACAF teams

By Michael Lewis
BigAppleSoccer.com Editor

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.
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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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.

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.


   
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