Tim Howard out for US-Costa Rica with injured leg muscle

  • Tim Howard out for US-Costa Rica with injured leg muscle

Tim Howard out for US-Costa Rica with injured leg muscle

The regional governing body has 41 member associations, but it is narrow at the top. The fourth-place team wins a spot in an intercontinental playoff, where a final World Cup spot is up for grabs.

Marquez's victor came after a second half in which the USA had dominated, and were unlucky not to have scored. Now USMNT faces another tough task in Costa Rica tomorrow and needs to come away with a result to not fall behind in the Russian Federation 2018 qualifiers. After this match, qualifiers don't resume until the USA hosts Honduras on March 24.

American players were hit with bags of urine, coins and batteries.

MLS has always been a destination of choice for Costa Rican internationals and the roster that faces the U.S. on Tuesday will once again serve up familiar faces for MNT players that feature in the domestic league. It snowed so hard that the grounds crew couldn't shovel the lines fast enough. But that blow is mostly to the pride, and not necessarily to qualifying hopes for the U.S. Losses happen in the Hex; teams that advance are the ones who figure out how to get over them.

Where: Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica in San Jose, Costa Rica. And that single point, earned back in 1985, was won in Alajuela. Three U.S. players were within range of Marquez, who connected off a corner kick to record Mexico's first victory in an away qualifier against the United States since 1972. We've got a whole bunch more to go.

"The message is very simple", Klinsmann said after the Mexico loss. We all know that.

A 2014 World Cup quarterfinalist, Costa Rica is ranked 18th, one slot behind Mexico and six ahead of the U.S. At the Copa America in June, the U.S. beat the Ticos 4-0.

"It gets a sense of anger in us, a sense, absolutely, of urgency", the German head coach went on, referring to the Mexico loss. It's a sense of urgency because you don't want to be behind. Is history remotely in their favor to bounce back on Tuesday in Costa Rica? So it's right there. "All these Qualifying games are nail biters, all of these games are hard, but that's what the players are prepared for". All those qualifying games are hard. "If we ... play the way we played the second half, I'm not anxious".

Last week's setback to Mexico in the opening game of the 10-game "hexagonal" round of the CONCACAF tournament was the first for the U.S.in Columbus, Ohio, as well as the first qualifying loss on home soil since 2001. Five years into the job, we're still not entirely sure what to make of him. But an 0-2 start in qualifying for the World Cup, the ultimate prize and only truth every four years, would surely build up pressure again, especially with the negative sentiment festering for 4½ months. "He said in front of the team, My bad, '" the coach explained. But considering he's the backup at Middlesbrough right now and was slated to be Howard's understudy for these World Cup qualifiers, will there be rust?