The youngest ever team fielded by United States men’s national team in Concacaf World Cup qualifying was handed quite the trying task on Wednesday night, and they passed. Despite conceding in the first minute to Costa Rica, the Americans rallied with a goal in each half to secure a 2-1 win in Columbus, Ohio, earning three vital points.
With so many key players missing — Christian Pulisic and Gio Reyna to name a few — Gregg Berhalter’s side responded to Sunday’s loss against Panama with arguably their most encouraging performance under the former Columbus Crew boss. While they perhaps didn’t create as many chances as they would have liked, there was a spark in this team that was absent last weekend. Despite making numerous changes to the starting lineup, the midfield of Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams and Yunus Musah helped bring much-needed stability to a game that was all USA in the second half, while defender Sergino Dest recorded an amazing goal and was involved in the second goal, which was ruled as own goal.
Costa Rica’s star goalkeeper Keylor Navas went off at the break with what’s presumed to be an injury, and the hosts benefited on their second goal to earn their sixth point of the October window.