Costa Rica defeats USA in World Cup qualifier

Costa Rica players, center, celebrate a goal by Marco Urena (21) during the second half of a World Cup qualifying soccer match against the United States, Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, in Harrison, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Costa Rica defeated the United States, 2-0, on Friday night from Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. The two teams were meeting for a World Cup qualifying matchup ahead of the 2018 Russia World Cup.

For the U.S., it’s the third time in team history that it has lost by multiple goals while playing a World Cup qualifier on their home turf. The previous two occasions in which that took place came all the way back in 1957.

When the U.S. and Costa Rica locks up inside the States’ borders, an American victory has been a near certainty. The last time the Costa Ricans defeated the Americans on their homeland came during a 1985 World Cup qualifier, with this win snapping a string of 17 straight defeats.

Marcos Urena was the American kryptonite on Friday, scoring in both the 30th and 82nd minute for the games only two goals. The 27-year-old has a United States connection, having debuted in the MLS this season as a member of the San Jose Earthquake. Additionally, he has played professionally in Denmark and Russia. He now has 13 career international goals.

Costa Rica laid the thunder on the Americans for the second consecutive year, following the 4-0 drubbing back in November.

The United States’ next matchup comes when it takes on Honduras on Tuesday. Through play on Friday, Mexico sits atop the six-team standings with 14 points, with Costa Rica in second with 11. The Americans are in third with eight, but are perilously close to getting lost in the shuffle alongside Panama’s seven and Honduras’ five.

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