Sounders Insider

Evans starts as US falls to Costa Rica

Here’s the word from U.S. Soccer:

The U.S. Men's National team was defeated by Costa Rica, 1-0, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. on Tuesday.

Forward Joel Campbell struck for Costa Rica in the 70th minute to give Costa Rica its second straight win against the United States.

The U.S. MNT next faces St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Nov. 13 in St. Louis to open the semifinal round of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Four days later, the U.S. takes on Trinidad & Tobago in Port of Spain.

Goal Scoring Rundown:

CRC - Joel Campbell, 70th minute: A nifty one-two put Dave Myrie through down the right flank. He slid a pass back to an onrushing Joel Campbell, who placed a low drive past a diving Tim Howard just inside the far post. USA 0, CRC 1 FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:

CRC - Keylor Navas, 30th minute: Brek Shea whipped a free kick to the far left post where Tim Ream tried heading back the opposite way. Navas responded with a reaction save.

USA - Brad Evans, 43rd minute: A slotted ball from the endline skid ed across the six yard box. Johan Venegas looked to have a clear shot on goal before a hustling Evans threw his body in the way to deny the opportunity.

USA - Tim Howard, 59th minute: Joel Campbell picked up a loose ball in midfield and bore down on goal. He hit a rising shot from 25 yards that Howard tiped over the bar.

USA - Tim Howard, 90th minute: With the U.S. pressing for an equalizer, Costa Rica found huge space for a counter and sent Marcos Urena in one-on-one with Howard. As Lee Nguyen closed, Howard stoned Urena to keep the U.S. in the match.

Next on the Schedule:

U.S, MNT vs. St. Vincent and the Grenadines - FIFA World Cup Qualifier

Date: Nov. 13

Venue: Busch Stadium - St. Louis, Missouri

Broadcast information: ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas, Univision Deportes Network

Social: Twitter (@ussoccer; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram )

Additional Notes:

The U.S. MNT began the game in a 4-4-2 formation.

Tim Howard made his first appearance for the United States since his record-setting 15 save game against Belgium on July 1, 2014, in the Round of 16 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Brek Shea returned the lineup after missing the summer through injury, making his seventh appearance of 2015.

Jozy Altidore, Tim Howard and Tim Ream all began their professional careers in New York - Howard as a former MetroStars 'keeper, and Altidore and Ream with the Red Bulls.


USA: 12-Tim Howard; 3-Brad Evans, 20-Geoff Cameron (14-Ventura Alvarado, 46), 16- Michael Orozco, 6-Tim Ream (21-Jonathan Spector 63); 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 13-Jermaine Jones (8-Mix Diskerud 46), 10-Danny Williams, 7-Brek Shea (15-Lee Nguyen 72); 9- Gyasi Zardes (19-Andrew Wooten 72), 17- Jozy Altidore (capt.) (18-Bobby Wood 46)

Subs Not Used: 1-Brad Guzan, 22-Bill Hamid

Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

CRC: 1-Keylor Navas (capt.); 2-Johnny Acosta, 25-Kendall Waston, 14-Bryan Oviedo (22-Ronald Matarrita 54), 6-Oscar Duarte (Francisco Calvo 87), 16-Christian Gamboa (8-Dave Myrie 67); 11-Johan Venegas (26-Daniel Colindres 76), 5-Celso Borges (13-Oscar Granados 91), 20-David Guzmán; 21-Marcos Ureña, 12-Joel Campbell

Subs Not Used: 7-Elias Aguilar, 17-Luis Miguel Valle, 18-Patrick Pemberton, 19-Deyver Vega, 23-Esteban Alvarado, 24-Mauricio Castillo

Head coach: Oscar Ramirez