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The USMNT defense got exposed against Costa Rica

The USMNT defense got exposed against Costa Rica

The Americans' only previous home loss was in a 1985 World Cup qualifier. Here are three good things, and three bad things, the USA did in the loss.

Costa Rica, who beat the USA 4-0 past year in Jurgen Klinsmann's last match, went into New Jersey and secured a brilliant 2-0 victory to put all the pressure on the Americans moving forward.

The United States, after losing its first two qualifiers under former coach Jurgen Klinsmann, has rebounded with new coach Bruce Arena in charge.

It was a US-based player who heaped misery on the 1994 host as San Jose Earthquakes forward Marco Urena scored twice for Costa Rica on Saturday (AEST).

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U.S. Soccer and those who follow are in this position because they rightly lack the confidence in their team. Costa Rica beat the visiting US 4-0 in November, leading to Klinsmann's firing. One of the U.S., Honduras or Panama will not even make the playoff-and the U.S. has the benefit of playing head-to-head against Honduras (on Tuesday) and Panama (in Orlando next month).

In the 81st minute, Geoff Cameron lofted a ball over the top to Altidore, but Navas again came up big to stone the striker.

The Americans have lost two home games in a World Cup cycle for the first time since 1957 and likely will need points on the road to reach next year's tournament in Russian Federation. Shifting his weight to protect the near post, goalkeeper Tim Howard was unable to recover in time as the effort beat him to the far corner.

Pulisic, who scored seven goals in his first 17 global matches, was not much of a factor as the American attack struggled.

Teams around the region are now wise to the ways of the Borussia Dortmund midfielder, who Costa Rica double-teamed at every opportunity and then fouled on those occasions when he escaped. But the call didn't go the US' way, which set the tone for the rest of the night.

They head into Honduras off a stinging loss and without Jozy Altidore due to yellow card accumulation and with more pressure than they've faced in the entire qualifying cycle thanks to a troubling reality becoming a worrying possibility. "We'll bounce back, forget about it and move forward". Dempsey took a free kick from the right and put it into the wall, with the ball finding Pulisic on the left, who put a ball through a defender's legs for a deflection on goal, but Costa Rica goalie Navas made a sensational one-handed reach while hitting the ground to keep the USA scoreless. A team that's better than the one that played Friday can draw in new fans as past World Cups have shown even amongst those who hold strong connections with the land of the forefathers.