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By DAN KARELL
The U.S. Men’s National Team saw their streak of 12 consecutive wins come to an end on Friday night as Costa Rica proved too much in San Jose, defeating the Americans, 3-1, at Estadio Nacional.
Two goals in ten minutes from Costa Rica doomed the USMNT as the visitors had to make due without the sudden loss of Michael Bradley in the lineup. Clint Dempsey cut the two-goal deficit in half with when he converted a penalty kick in the 43rd minute, but it wasn’t enough for the U.S. to earn points against a highly emotional and driven squad.
In addition to the defeat, Matt Besler, Geoff Cameron, and Jozy Altidore all were shown yellow cards during the match, ruling them out for Tuesday’s dual with Mexico in Columbus due to yellow card accumulation.
Here are the match highlights (after the jump):