Eddie Gaven, recently drafted by the MetroStars, scored the U.S. goal in the 33rd minute off a Brandon Owens assist. But the Americans gave up two goals in the final four minutes of the first half.
U-17 SUMMARY: Costa Rica-USA
Jan. 29 in San Jose, Costa Rica
Costa Rica 2 USA 1. Goals: Cespedes 42; Porrac (Cespedes) 46+; Gaven 33.
Costa Rica -- Solano, Saborio, Barboza, Araya, Guzman, Morales, Ruiz-Cristano, Varela, Gonzalez, Cespedes, Porrac.
USA -- Westberg (Marfuggi, 46), Chevannes, Spector, Owens, Germani, DiRaimondo, Grazier, Szetela (Watson, 46), Ashe, Gonzalez (Ogunsola, 75), Gaven.
Yellow cards: Costa Rica -- Saborio 48; Germani 34, Spector 46+. Red cards: none.