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A Soccer Preview; Costa Rica Vs USA International Friendly

Costa Rica Sports News – The US national team have a chance to bounce back immediately from Saturday’s crushing defeat in the CONCACAF Cup, as they look to gain some confidence against Costa Rica ahead of their first World Cup qualifying matches next month.

USA vs. COSTA RICA
International Friendly
October 13 | 6:30 p.m. ET | Red Bull Arena, Harrison, N.J.
TV: ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMás, UDN

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SO, DID I MISS ANYTHING?
Five players were added to the US roster (and eight removed) after Saturday’s CONCACAF Cup. Four of the additions come from Major League Soccer, with Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution) and Brek Shea (Orlando City) joining the team in New Jersey, along with German-based forward Andrew Wooten.

HERE’S YOUR CHANCE
With World Cup qualifying starting Nov. 13 against St. Vincent & the Grenadines, relative outsiders like Diskerud and Nguyen should get a chance to catch Klinsmann’s eye and earn a look for bigger matches in the future. Youngsters like DeAndre Yedlin and Bobby Wood, who stood out as subs against Mexico, will be looking to make their cases for starting spots.

WHAT’S UP WITH THE TICOS?
Costa Rica are an anemic 1-6-5 in the 2015 calendar year, their only win a 1-0 friendly victory over Uruguay at home on Sept. 8. While most games this year have been away or at neutral sites, Costa Rica lost 1-0 at home on Thursday to South Africa, snapping a 14-game home unbeaten streak (12-0-2) that dated back to 2012.

GARDEN STATE BLUES
Costa Rica are already 0-2 in New Jersey this year, losing controversially in extra time to Mexico in the Gold Cup quarterfinals at MetLife Stadium on July 19 and falling to Brazil 1-0 in a friendly at Red Bull Arena on Sept. 5.

ROSTERS

United States
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton)

DEFENDERS (7): Ventura Alvarado (Club América), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach), Michael Orozco (Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Brek Shea (Orlando City), Danny Williams (Reading), DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland)

FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Bobby Wood (Union Berlin), Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

Costa Rica
GOALKEEPERS (3): Esteban Alvarado (Trabzonspor), Keylor Navas (Real Madrid), Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense)

DEFENDERS (8): Johnny Acosta (Alajuelense), Francisco Calvo (Saprissa), Óscar Duarte (Brugge), Cristian Gamboa (West Bromwich Albion), Ronald Matarrita (Alajuelense), Dave Myrie (Herediano), Bryan Oviedo (Everton), Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Elías Aguilar (Herediano), Celso Borges (Deportivo La Coruña), Mauricio Castillo (Cartaginés), Óscar Esteban Granados (Herediano), David Guzmán (Saprissa), Luis Miguel Valle (Alajuelense)

FORWARDS (5): Joel Campbell (Arsenal), Daniel Colindres (Saprissa), Marco Ureña (Midtjylland), Deyver Vega (Saprissa), Johan Venegas (Montreal Impact)

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