USA disappointed in their last appearance on the road against underestimated Panama, as they failed to be concrete enough with the ball and suffered a close 1:0 defeat.
They simply appeared to passively during the whole clash and were punished in the 54th over Godoy, unfortunately not having a concrete answer with their inert performance.
Nevertheless, USA is doing well so far in the campaign, as they are currently at the 2nd spot in the rankings, having three points less than leaders from Mexico.
Goalkeeper Horvath (7/0, Noffingham Forest) misses out, as well as defenders Brooks (45/3, Wolfsburg), Ream (46/1, Fulham), Sands (7/0, New York), midfielder Yueill (15/0, San Jose), and forwards Pulisic (40/16, Chelsea) and Sargent (19/5, Norwich) and Pefok (8/1, Young Boys) compared to previous call-ups.
Costa Rica ended their winless streak in their last home fixture against underestimated El Salvador when they managed to pull out a 2:1 victory after a complete reversal.
They were in deficit since the 12th minute but appeared more creative with the ball when the match moved to the second and scored two over Ruiz and Borges, who was effective from the penalty, thus improving their rankings to 5th position, having one point less than Canada.
The guests miss out midfielders Guzman (59/0, Sarpissa), Lassiter (17/1, Houston), Brenes (7/0, Herediano), and forwards Montenegro (5/0, Bolivar) and Ugalde (2/0, Twente).
A perfect chance to bounce back
Their latest defeat was definitely unexpected, but USA has a great chance to get back the winning momentum in the upcoming clash. Generally speaking, Costa Rica is not that potent so far in the campaign, being able to score only three times in five matches, and I don’t see them being aggressive in this as well.
The hosts don’t have that issue, as they are quite effective, and if they tap into their distinctive play, there is absolutely no reason for me to question their positive result.