USA vs. Costa Rica: SBI Live Match Commentary



The U.S. Men’s National Team and Costa Rica renew acquaintances tonight, meeting for the first time since the ‘Snow Game’ in March as they clash with first place in their Gold Cup group on the line (8pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

The Ticos come into the match riding a seven-match shutout streak, and have not lost since the 1-0 loss to the U.S. in March. Their stingy defense will look to shut down an American attack that has scored 16 goals in three matches, and has won a team-record seven straight matches. A streak that began with the

While both teams have already secured their place in the quarterfinals, tonight’s match carries plenty of importance because winning the match (or in the U.S. team’s case, tying the match) can secure them an easier path in the knockout rounds. Today’s winner will face Martinique in the quarterfinals (unless Cuba or Belize can win their match by five or more goals), while the loser (or Costa Rica with a draw) would face Honduras.

Chris Wondolowski has scored a tournament-leading and USMNT Gold Cup-record five goals, and will look to build on that against a defense that is significantly tougher than any he has faced recently.

Costa Rica is apparently intent on attacking the U.S., but the key to their approach today will be pressuring a U.S. midfield that has had a field day against recent weaker opponents.

SBI will be providing live commentary on tonight’s match so please feel free to follow along with us as we cover all the action. As always, you are welcome to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (SBI Live Match Commentary is after the jump):

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110 Responses to USA vs. Costa Rica: SBI Live Match Commentary

  1. IvanRG says:

    Go USA !!!!!!

  2. NE Revs says:

    Ives is it too much to ask for 5 blogs per page? Can you afford to feed your family at 5 blogs per page?

  3. NE Revs says:

    Oh, and Go USA!!!!!!

  4. Dikranovich says:

    And the USA takes a 5-1 lead into the 82nd minute. This performance has been nothing short of impressive and we can expect a lot more from this us national team in the weeks and months to come. Is it not funny to think that not to long ago we bemoaned a lack of quality attack options and now it seems like quality attackers are becoming pretty common. Maybe Jozy coming good and wondo hitting first half hattricks helps.

    If USA can solidify this defense and Besler should be a big help with that, we can go into brasil with as good a chance of winning as we have ever had, draw and odds aside.

  5. Haddo says:

    Come on Yanks. I think 3-1 maybe 4-1 is pretty realistic.

  6. KC says:

    Thank goodness for a reasonable start time for a mid week game. Those 11:00 starts were a killer.

    • Marvellous Wynne says:

      Reasonable? Not for people on the west coast coming home from work for the 5:00 pm PT start.

      Really the only reasonable start time for a game is 8:30 pm ET, anything else and one coast is losing.

  7. Joe says:

    Is this Gold Cup outfit an ‘A’ team for Costa Rica?

    …cue the B.A. Baracus jokes.

  8. lis says:

    What time does the USA game start and end? Live in Htfd.

  9. Dinho says:

    Wow, Cuba has 27 shots to Belize’s 4.

  10. Cairo says:

    Given that the result isn’t super important tonight, I hope that the Nats play attacking soccer and lets the chips fall where they may. If they win doing that, we’ll all be happy and excited and we’ll know who can actually do it at a high level. If they lose, then we can just say “no problem, this wouldn’t have happened if the A team had been out there. All I ask is that we don’t play conservatively.

  11. Jb says:

    Omg I’m going to miss the match *sad face*

  12. Mig says:

    The clichés of soccer announcers have nearly broken my spirit. The color guy (is that Cobi again?) is criticizing Cuba lacking “that bit of quality in the final third” as the reason they are not winning by enough. Hey, how about this, lackwit? It’s hard to score 4 goals in a soccer game. Cuba is not Barcelona or they wouldn’t have to win by 4 in the third game of the group stage.

    Cuba is playing very well, making chances, and may still win by enough to advance, maybe not. But spare the criticism of them.

    • Joe says:

      Speaking of Cuba, have any of their players tried to defect during this tournament? No disrespect intended, but I’ve noticed this happening in the past. The increasing salaries of professional teams in this country (not only in MLS), must make it pretty enticing.

      • Mig says:

        Good point, Joe. So far, they haven’t had any defections which is good…or not? Complicated situation.

  13. Kyle Beckerman says:

    Man, what more can a brotha do for a start?

    • Citronomics says:

      Keep putting nicely weighted balls onto Wondo’s head for easy headers in the box?

    • JRP says:

      He didn’t start and yet we see no more forward motion than we did when he was in the games. Turns out he is neither the savior nor the devil of the USMNT. Who’d a thunk?

  14. andrusaurus says:

    holden and mix starting together? love it.

  15. Mig says:

    Martinique’s congress is drawing up a declaration of war on Belize right now for not holding Cuba. They’ve scrambled the fighters.

  16. Goalscorer24 says:

    Johnson in goal not Rimando. Wow young and ambitious across the board. Hope they can perform.

  17. jon says:

    so much for the “beckerman blossoming into blackbone” of the team story line

  18. Ivan says:

    So, yesterday the ref screwed Haiti, today the linesman (almost) screwed Cuba…the disallowed goal should have stood, and the actual 4th goal was offside.

    Why does Concacaf have such shockingly disgustingly bad referees???

  19. Edwin in LA says:

    So we get the tougher match up in the quarters against El Salvador because Cuba decided to pound on Belize…and scored a last minute 4th goal…..we would have faced Martinique but oh well…..I just wanted it to be that since we were looking to face Honduras or Costa Rica again in the semis and eventually probably Mexico in the final in the 12 days after today….

    At least now guys like Wondo, Mixx, Holden, Bedoya, Corona and Landon can be tested in 4 game in a row….

  20. SBI TroII says:

    Grant Wahl reporting that Gooch is hurt and not even warming up.

  21. Sean says:

    I expect a low scoring game. The USA only need a draw. This could be dangerous. predicting a tie on this one.

  22. Tim F. says:

    Sean Johnson in goal?

  23. beachbum says:

    GO USA!!! can’t be afraid of a few good long balls and winning those opportunities when they come to help in beating back the expected pressure in midfield from Costa Rica

  24. SBI TroII says:

    Joe Buck trying to get FSC viewers to change to the MLB All-Star game is hilarious. No way Jose!

  25. JB says:

    come on wondowl!!! only 47 more goals to go!!

  26. TomG says:

    LD should be resting. It’s the only chance he will get. USA is through no matter what.

    • GW says:

      LD just had a his rest.

      Don’t worry he’ll let you know when he is getting tired.

      Besides, they want to win this thing and LD is this team’s best, and most reliable go to guy.

  27. terrie says:

    Can we get rid of Coby Jones? He adds nothing to the game except getting on my nerves.

  28. Joe says:

    the stream is available via link to in case anyone was looking for one…

  29. Tab says:

    Torres is so ill.

  30. Tim F. says:

    Torres is playing fantastic so far (38 m)

  31. Vic says:

    Bedoya would be better at LM, Donovan on Rm and Torres in the middle. Current lineup forces Torres to shift at times to LM where he’s not comfortable and Bedoya at RM where he’s not comfortable .

  32. Chop says:

    Michael Parkhurst – where attacks go to die for the U.S.

    Get well soon Cherundolo.

  33. Mig says:

    Stuey said a bad word, Stuey said a bad word

  34. beachbum says:

    against that CR high line, need some well timed runs from the midfield to thru balls forward to them; on the ground to space, chipped over into space, all types of balls, but the run is better if it comes from the midfiled and not from guys stuck on CR’s high backline vs. this D

  35. Tim F. says:

    Very impressed with Torres, Diskerud has been decent as well. The rest of the team is slowing it down too much. Need to show more in final third.

  36. Bryan says:

    Heather Mitts is sexy

    • Psv says:

      Agreed. She wears that dress well.

      As for the men, I don’t know how to describe our play other than uninspired and boring.

  37. Bean says:

    Need the intensity, and speed of Corey Ashe.

  38. Fredo says:

    Happy to see our defense finally get tested a little. Looks like we’re marking up well and moving together. Still worried about Beasly at LB when he gets targeted by better teams.

  39. Nick4235 says:

    Hmmm yes I have no issue with Heather Mitts being in the studio more often. Perhaps they can also bring in Alex Morgan to help out.

  40. Psv says:

    Keeper milking this way too much.

  41. Old School says:

    One of the worst ref’d matches I can recall in a long time.

  42. Joamiq says:

    What a joke. That couldn’t be a clearer red card.

  43. Nick4235 says:


  44. Fredo says:

    Oh Landon, you gotta bury that!

  45. Ben James says:

    These refs are absolutely horrible. They’ve directly decided 3 matches in this tournament so far and then ignore a clearly stated FIFA law by giving the GK a yellow for intentionally handling the ball outside the box on an obvious scoring opportunity. I’m not being irrational when I say this is the worst reffing I’ve ever seen in a FIFA tournament.

  46. Tab says:

    Look at Torres ball.

    This kid should get some minutes in a more central role. Give him some time in the side…

  47. Byrdman says:

    I hate that referees are hardly ever held accountable for horrible calls.

  48. Joamiq says:

    The ref either doesn’t know the rule, or knows it but refused to apply it. Either way, it’s appalling. He better not get another match in this tournament.

  49. Justin says:

    yellow was right because the shot was poor and wouldn’t have gone into goal but for the handling. Instead, it would have deflected off the keepers chest.

  50. Psv says:

    These guys do a lot of acting.

  51. Fredo says:

    Torres? I’d pull Bedoya and move Landon to right.

  52. John says:

    After a week long of Shea hate

  53. SBI TroII says:

    From Zero to Hero: A Brek Shea story

  54. Fredo says:

    Of course, Shea scores. Nice pass by LD.

  55. KC says:

    Maybe somebody should tell the crowd this isn’t a WCQ, the “We are going to Brazil” chant in this match makes no sense.

  56. KC says:

    Parkhurst is awful. I would rather see Beltran in there and I am no big fan of his.

  57. Andrew in tally says:

    Kinsman keep looking more like a genius. Every move he makes turns to pure gold. Good for Brek.

  58. ThatKidNandez says:

    Hope Graham Zusi is watching because he just lost his starting job! Also he might be 3rd option because Corona is coming up the depth chart! If Gatt keeps pushing hopefully zusi be out of the picture! Also Orozco has suprised me! He’s done really well in the back 4! Mix is on fire!!!!

    • Nick4235 says:

      Gatts out for the rest of the season…basically he’s out of the World Cup cause this had to be a huge year for him…

    • Increase says:

      Seriously… If Zusi had been bad I would understand. Quite good really.

      If you were hoping for LD back there fine, but Gatt? I don’t see the appeal other than being younger that Zusi, who is not old.

    • Joamiq says:

      I never understand this attitude… Zusi hasn’t even been bad, but why would you root for him to fall out of consideration rather than rooting for him to keep improving?

      • ThatKidNandez says:

        He’s inconsistent kinda like Wondo ( of old) with the Nats.

      • Edwin in LA says:

        He can’t cross consistently……yeah he got 2 assisting crosses vs Jamaica and Germany…..but he has had so many games in which he can’t get his crosses in….hell vs Honduras, Mexico and Costa Rica he couldn’t even get past his man….

    • Kosh says:

      This is up there with some of the stranger stuff on here – but I get it, you hate Zusi. OK. JK doesn’t share your positions, sooooo…yeah. Moving on.

    • Chicago Josh says:

      Gatt’s out for the season…the poor guy is more injury prone than John O’Brien. No way he goes to Brazil now.

      • Edwin in LA says:

        I don’t know if he is injury prone….from what I have heard, most of his injuries have been due to contact. Haven’t read about this one, but yes I agree thinking of Gatt as a person to push out Zusi is plane ignorance of the fact that he will miss the rest of the season…and well even if it was only 2 months…..that means he misses the friendly vs Bosnia and the September qualifiers….IF he was playing by say late September and was in form, which even if it only took 2 months would be hard, he COULD get a start or some minutes IF we have seen the US clinch already after they play Mexico in Columbus. But doubt it, plus he is not the threat. Corona and Donovan on the other hand…..those are guys who might bench Zusi….Bedoya if he gets to the right club could make some noise as well

        • Nick4235 says:

          If Bedoya gets that move to the Netherlands that’s been rumored, I can see him jumping up in the squad.

  59. Fredo says:

    Good game Sean.

    • Nick4235 says:

      I found it odd that they raved about that save he made right before we scored but wouldn’t show us a replay. I guess it was so close to the goal they were showing replays of the goal instead of the same.

  60. Ronster says:

    I remembered when Michael Orozco was red-carded in the 2008 Olympics and the everyone ripped him except for me – I stated that this was a lesson for him and if he would learn from his mistake and kept working hard, he can rebuild his reputation and start fulfilling his potential.

    He is certainly having an understated but effective Gold Cup campaign. You know a defender is doing a good job when his name isn’t being mentioned. Defenders are only mentioned when they make a mistake or score a goal.

    Well, he scored a goal (and has been threatening on corner kick opportunities) and he has played steady defense with good passing from the backline.

    Klinsie has developed the depth of the USMNT and it shows. It took a little longer than we hoped, but look at how all the players are buying in to his concepts. I’m also surprised at his tactical flexibilty over the course of a match and his gutsy lineups and substitutions.

    You can see the body language and comraderie of this team – a reflection of the US Melting Pot, from Mexico-Americans, German-Americans, Norweigian-Americans, and Domestic Americans.

    Well, I’m feeling good today about being a Yank and USMNT fan!