[COSTA RICA-USA]What are the chances of the USA clinching a berth in the World Cup finals with a win over Costa Rica? What's the U.S. qualifying history against the Ticos in Costa Rica, its yellow card situation and its current winning streak? Here's a look at the four numbers you'll need to know to follow Costa Rica-USA ...
The chances that the USA will clinch a berth in the World Cup 2014 finals on Friday night. Out of 27 possible outcomes to the three Hexagonal matches, two will send the USA on to Brazil: a win over Costa Rica, a Mexico-Honduras tie in Mexico City and either a Panama-Jamaica tie or Jamaica win in Panama City. If it did clinch, it would be only the second time a team has clinched a berth in the finals after Matchday 7 of the Hexagonal. The USA did it in 2005 with its 2-0 win over Mexico.
Costa Rica has won the last seven times it has hosted the USA in World Cup 2014 qualifying. Significantly, all seven games were played at Saprissa Stadium, which Costa Rica hoped to use Friday night but was deemed unplayable. The only other time the Ticos hosted the USA in World Cup qualifying was in 1985 when they played to a 1-1 tie in Alajuela.
Costa Rica-USA Qualifying:
2009Costa Rica 3-1
2005 Costa Rica 3-0
2001Costa Rica 2-0
2000 Costa Rica 2-1
1997 Costa Rica 3-2
1996 Costa Rica 2-1
1989Costa Rica 1-0
Eight players with the USA in Costa Rica carry yellow cards into Friday's game. If any of them pick up a card against the Ticos, they'll sit out Tuesday's match against Mexico in Columbus.
The USA carries a 12-game winning streak into Friday's game, its longest winning streak ever and the longest active streak in the world. A win over Costa Rica would move the USA to within two games of the world record winning streak held by Spain. (UAE's 10-game winning streak was snapped Thursday when it tied Trinidad & Tobago, 3-3, at a tournament in Riyadh.)