Klinsmann: USA will get result at Costa Rica on Tuesday

For the second straight time, the USA has opened the Hexagonal with a loss and will face Costa Rica, its toughest Concacaf opponent in recent years, in their second game.

But the circumstances this time are more precarious. Instead of facing the Ticos at home -- where it won, 1-0, in the Snow Bowl game four years ago -- the USA must travel to Costa Rica, where it has lost eight straight qualifiers.

Still, U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann is counting on a reaction from his players against Costa Rica, which had the best record of any Hexagonal team against the USA in the last 10 games.

USA vs. Hex opponents (last 10 games):
7-2-1 Trin. & Tobago
7-2-1 Panama
7-1-2 Honduras
3-3-4 Mexico
3-2-5 Costa Rica

The loss to Mexico was the first at home since a 3-2 loss to Honduras in September 2001, a span of 30 games.

“The message is very simple,” Klinsmann said. “We have got to go there and get a result, which we will do. [The Mexico game was] the first of 10 qualifying games. It's obviously the big one -- Mexico is the biggest one we play. But we always know that when we play Mexico it's a nail biter and sometimes it goes their way and the other times it goes our way. I told them we're going to into Costa Rica and then in the summertime we can't wait to go to Azteca Stadium [to face Mexico] and go for it right there in their home. It is just part of the qualifying process. It is a long road over 10 games. It is not a problem but obviously it is disappointing.”

Klinsmann added that the USA doesn't want to fall farther behind Mexico and Costa Rica in the Hexagonal. Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama all won on the road, marking the first matchday since the USA's loss to Honduras at RFK Stadium in 2001 that that happened.

“I think it’s a sense of anger in us," he said of the 2-1 loss to Mexico. "It’s a sense of urgency because you don’t want to be behind. All these qualifying games are nail-biters, all of these qualifying games are difficult, but that’s what the players are prepared for."

Klinsmann added he was confident of a good performance after seeing how the USA played in the second half against Mexico.

13 comments about "Klinsmann: USA will get result at Costa Rica on Tuesday".
  1. Stuart d. Warner, November 14, 2016 at 9:16 a.m.

    If we play Jones and Bradley together again we will not score more than one goal. Will that be enough to win?

  2. Wooden Ships replied, November 14, 2016 at 11:46 a.m.

    Hope so, because I don't see JK not playing them. Of all the guys we will miss the most, Cameron and Howard are difference makers.

  3. Bob Ashpole replied, November 15, 2016 at 4:31 p.m.

    If Jones and Bradely are fit, they are good choices. The difficult choices are elsewhere. Jozy impressed me in an odd way against Mexico. His finishing was horrible, but he showed maturity adjusting to a more supporting role. That is the first time I can remember that he combined well with other players, but then I don't watch him play in MLS. He demonstrated that he has broadened his game since coming back to MLS. He is still only 27. What will he play like in 2018?

  4. David V replied, November 15, 2016 at 9:05 p.m.

    in 2018 Altidore will decline, he's had a poor career, it's time to admit he never lived up to the expectations...USA has many, many problems which will keep them a 2nd tier national team for at least another generation... BUT if you played a bunch of young players now, and did that for 5-7 years, they would be close to the top in the 2nd tier in 4-6 years. PS... JK is long overdue to be gone he's a big ZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  5. David Crowther, November 14, 2016 at 1:04 p.m.

    The Costa Rican defense has been pretty much decimated by injuries and suspensions. The US ought to be able to take advantage of this.

  6. Wooden Ships, November 14, 2016 at 5:10 p.m.

    I'm bummed again. Having basic cable and being age challenged with technology, I will again miss being able to watch the game. Wish USSF could package a deal with Costa Rica to broadcast on a less obscure channel. My plans of operating a Futbol pub along Costa Rico's southern pacific coast are still a year or two away.

  7. Bob Ashpole replied, November 15, 2016 at 4:50 a.m.

    WS it is on the Spanish language NBC sports channel, Universo. Fortunately I get that channel. The other Spanish language channels are carrying the Mexico game.

  8. Wooden Ships replied, November 15, 2016 at 11:31 a.m.

    Thanks Bob. I'm not all the way off grid, but might as well be on this occasion. I'll have to watch Panama-Mexico on Telemundo. It should be good. I think the USSF has at least a game tracker I can follow.

  9. Bob Ashpole replied, November 15, 2016 at 4:18 p.m.

    WS nbcsports.com links to a webcast on telemundodeportes.com for the match. I found it through the nbc link. You might be able to access directly by going to the telemundocesportes site. Since you get Telemundo on your cable, I expect you can get access to the US match on their website.

  10. Bob Ashpole replied, November 16, 2016 at 3:26 a.m.

    WS I hope you didn't see my reply in time. The match was heartbreaking to watch. A fiasco.

  11. David V replied, November 16, 2016 at 9:16 a.m.

    Bein Sport carries the best League in the World, you don't subscribe to Bein?????

  12. Goal Goal, November 14, 2016 at 7:49 p.m.

    Is JK really that dense? I think he has been flying around in that chopper of his with the windows down..

  13. David V, November 16, 2016 at 8:52 a.m.

    LOL, he got a result alright! LOL, FIRE JK. See my comment on: November 15, 2016 at 9:05 p.m. above

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