The US National team has been flying high, how will they react to their latest test?
Whilst many domestic sports are currently in the preliminary stages of their new seasons, the soccer season has been well underway, and for the US Mens National Soccer Team, it has been good news all around. The Red, White, and Blue are currently riding a team record 12 game winning streak, with their last game an impressive away victory on European soil against a high flying and highly ranked Bosnia and Herzegovnia national team. The comeback win in that game has only injected more confidence into the squad , who initially struggled to score under coach Jurgen Klinsmann. 4 goals away to Bosnia though, and with a soaring Jozy Altidore, the goal scoring fears have nearly evaporated. The US will need all the confidence it has tonight though, as they travel to Costa Rice, a place where they have not won.
Flashback to March, when the US last played the Costa Ricans in what has now been dubbed “the snowball”. On a snowy Colorado night, in which the pitch was in questionable condition, the US managed a narrow 1-0 win. The Costa Ricans however, were upset with the state of the pitch, and were looking to have a replay of the match. Their request was denied however, and the US claimed the victory. This has only added fuel to the fire ahead of an already feisty encounter, which hasn’t been aided by many of the US players currently sitting on yellow cards, and a booking away from missing the crucial US-Mexico rivalry match. Klinsmann has insisted however, that this will not change his lineup going into the match, and that he would play his best squad available, regardless of the card situation.
On a tactical side, the US looks set to be missing Jozy Altidore , who is currently on the treatment table and in questionable condition for the match. Eddie Johnson would seem to be the likely choice to replace the big man up top, but Aron Johansson is also an option, following his switch of allegiances to the US. National team hero Landon Donovan is also back in the fold for qualifying for the first time since his return to the sport, and could feature in the US’s favored 4-3-3 system.
No matter who plays tonight, the US team will have to dig deep to come up with their first victory at Costa Rica and to continue their record winning streak. Be sure to tune in tonight at 10 Eastern.
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