[HEXAGONAL COUNTDOWN] U.S. national team striker Jozy Altidore, who sat out English club Sunderland's Saturday match at Crystal Palace with a hamstring injury, has been cleared by the national team's medical staff to resume workouts. An MRI evaluation of his right hamstring was normal.
U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann was described as "optimistic" Altidore will be available for selection for Friday's game at Costa Rica in San Jose (TV: 10 p.m. ET, beIN SPORT).
The national team arrived Tuesday night in Costa Rica, where it was greeted with chants of "No Fair Play, USA," in reference to the Snow Bowl game the USA won over Costa Rica, 1-0, in March.
The Tico press is following the national team every step of the way, making sure Costa Rica fans know where to find their American visitors.
Al Dia reported that the national team's flight touched down on Costa Rican soil at 5:54 p.m. local time and it headed to the Marriott Hotel, where it is staying, at 6:15 p.m. It added the USA would train twice Wednesday (10:30-12:30 p.m. and 4:30-6:30 p.m.) on fields owned by a local dairy cooperative Dos Pinos.
U.S. airport reception
CLINCHING SCENARIO.One scenario exists by which the USA can clinch a berth in the World Cup finals after the seventh day of the Hexagonal -- the same day it clinched in 2005 when it beat Mexico, 2-0, in Columbus.
The USA will clinch Friday night if it beats Costa Rica, Mexico and Honduras tie in Mexico City, and Panama loses to or ties Jamaica in Panama City.
JAMAICA CALL-UPS.New Jamaica coach Winfried Schaefer called up five MLS players -- Alvas Powell, Donovan Ricketts and Ryan Johnson of the Portland Timbers, Vancouver Whitecaps forward Darren Mattocks and recent New England Revolution signing O'Brian Woodbine --for the Reggae Boyz's games against Panama and Costa Rica.
Last-place Jamaica's recalled Marlon King and Chris Humphrey, who had both been kicked off the national team for breaking curfew last year, Luton Shelton, Jamaica's all-time leading scorer, and local star Jermaine Anderson, the leading scorer in the Red Stripe Premier League the last two seasons.
The only two new players in the squad are Wes Morgan (Leicester City) and Shaun Cummings(Reading), both based in the English League Championship.
PTS TEAM W-T-L +/-
13 USA 4-1-1 7/3
11 Costa Rica 3-2-1 8/4
8 Mexico 1-5-0 3/2
7 Honduras 2-1-3 6/7
6 Panama 1-3-2 5/7
2 Jamaica 0-2-4 2/8