The Yanks will try to exact revenge for Los Ticos’ emphatic 4-0 thumping in November, Jurgen Klinsmann’s last game in charge of the US. Friday’s return match in the U.S. is a definite six-pointer for both sides. Los Ticos arrive at Red Bull Arena sitting second in the six-team Final Round (3-1-2; 11 pts.), just three ahead of the U.S. An MNT win would pull the home side level, while a Costa Rica victory would create more distance for the top two ahead of the rest of the pack.
Matchday 7 of the Final Round of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Friday, Sept. 1 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. (5:30 p.m. CT; ESPN, UniMas and UDN).
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Two Costa Rica players have ties to counterparts on the MNT. U.S. midfielder Darlington Nagbe often lines up with David Guzmán with the Portland Timbers, while forward Marco Ureña is a teammate of Chris Wondolowski at the San Jose Earthquakes. There are seven players from Major League Soccer on the roster and the team is led in the back by Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas, along with six playing in Europe.
At Brazil 2014, they won a group featuring Uruguay, Italy and England before falling to The Netherlands via penalty kicks in the Quarterfinals.
GOALKEEPERS: Keylor Navas (Real Madrid/ESP)
DEFENDERS: Francisco Calvo (Minnesota United FC/USA), Cristian Gamboa (Celtic/SCO), Giancarlo Gonzalez (Bologna/ITA), Bryan Oviedo (Sunderland/ENG), Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps FC/CAN)
MIDFIELDERS: Cristian Bolaños (Vancouver Whitecaps FC/CAN), Celso Borges (Deportivo La Coruña/ESP), David Guzmán (Portland Timbers/USA), Bryan Ruíz (Sporting Lisbon/POR), Yeltsin Tejeda (Lausanne-Sport/SUI), Johan Venegas (Minnesota United FC/USA), Rodney Wallace (New York City FC/USA)
FORWARDS: Marco Ureña (San Jose Earthquakes/USA)