Bobby Convey scored his first goal for the United States to give it a 3-2 win over Costa Rica Saturday night at Miami's Orange Bowl and claim third place in the Gold Cup.
If Brazil, a 2-1 winner over the United States in the semifinals, beats Mexico in the final on Sunday at Mexico City's Azteca Stadium, a playoff would be held later to determine the CONCACAF representative at the 2005 Confederations Cup in Germany.
The Americans twice came from one goal down against the Ticos in a wide-open game, the first between U.S. national team coach Bruce Arena and his predecessor, Costa Rica head coach Steve Sampson, as national team coaches.
Carlos Bocanegra made up for allowing Ronald Fonseca to open the scoring by slotting home the tying goal in the 29th minute. Bocanegra became only the fourth U.S. defender to score four goals in one year and the first since Marcelo Balboa in 1994.
Fonseca again put the Ticos ahead, sending them into halftime with a 2-1 lead, but Earnie Stewart tied the score with a rocket, volleying Gregg Vanney's cross into inside the near post from 12 yards.
Landon Donovan, who assisted on Bocanegra's goal, fed Convey perfectly to allow his former U-17 and U-20 teammate to beat Costa Rica goalie Alvaro Mesen to the near post.