Tim Howard Rips US Fans After Disappointing Loss

Tim Howard Rips US Fans After Disappointing Loss

Costa Rica (4-1-2) has 14 points to tie Mexico atop the six-team field with three matches left, pending Mexico's match later Friday vs. Panama.

Herculez Gomez and Kasey Keller reflect on the U.S.'s psyche after their crushing defeat ahead of a crucial Honduras clash.

The defeat, courtesy of two Marco Urena goals and some stellar goalkeeping from Keylor Navas, was the first away win for the Ticos in a World Cup qualifier against the US since 1985.

For only the fourth time in 32 years, the United States lost a home qualifier, and as it turned out, the first World Cup game ever in the metropolitan area.

US and Costa Rica, the two leaders of American football and together with the Mexicans the favorites to enter the world championship. We made some critical errors, didn't capitalize, take advantage of opportunities. We didn't have a good night.

While the home side struggled, Costa Rica was composed from the outset, comfortable in possession as it pushed forward away from home.

Cameron was culpable on the second US goal as well, as it was his giveaway that sparked the Ticos' attack in the buildup to Urena's second.

"You have to rely on the referee's judgment, and those calls didn't go our way tonight", said Altidore.

Star goalie Keylor Navas came up with some exciting saves on messy, nail-biting plays.

Used primarily as a flank midfielder at first by Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel, Pulisic took on a more central role in the second half of last season when Marco Reus injured a knee. We should have been a little bit better.

"It puts more pressure on us, but we're still right in the thick of it, and our plan is still to qualify for the World Cup", Tim Howard added. "All the players that are on our roster for this competition have been with us this year, so I think it makes it easier for us to transition the team into these two games", Arena said. It initially looked like his momentum carried him too far wide of goal, but with Tim Howard overcommitting to the near post, Urena managed to tuck his shot inside the far post to Howard's right. The game will be played at Red Bull Arena, just across the Hudson River from Manhattan. The player Christian Pulisic is expected to be included in the game and he will be the key player like Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey. "They just defended very well against him".

Hirving Lozano's header in the 53rd minute was enough for Mexico to seal victory over Panama and claim one of the three automatic qualifying spots in the CONCACAF group to seal their place at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation. Panama remains a point behind after losing to Mexico, who booked a spot in Russian Federation with a 1-0 win. There's lots of history, of course: In 1989, the US had to win the final qualifying game there to clinch a berth in its first World Cup since 1950, and Paul Caligiuri's goal did just that, crushing the Italia 1990 dreams of the Trinis. 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 US scoreless.

"It's going to be a battle amongst the remaining four teams", Arena said.

He added: "We'll move on". We're getting close to the drop-dead deadline, and nobody wants to deal with the stress that comes with that. But when he's played with someone like Ream, who is neither significantly quicker or significantly better technically, his weaknesses are exposed. The Yanks will also know that a couple poor performances can put qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in jeopardy. They need to flip the script Tuesday against Honduras.

Arena must now somehow turnaround his team's display for next week's clash with Honduras.

"We got split there, our centre backs, which shouldn't happen", Arena said. Keep in mind, this is the same Catrachos team that lost 6-0 to the U.S.in March.

Jeff Carlisle covers MLS and the USA national team for ESPN FC.

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