Action from the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup match between Costa Rica and the USA in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo: Mexsport)
CHICAGO – Three days after it squares off against Mexico in the CONCACAF Cup for a place in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, the United States will host Costa Rica in an international friendly on October 13, U.S. Soccer announced Saturday.
The match – to be played at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey – will be their first between them since Costa Rica posted a 3-1 win at home in a World Cup qualifier on September 6, 2013.
In 32 all-time meetings, each team has registered 13 wins. All of the Americans’ victories in the series have come on home soil.
Both sides are using the game as part of their 2018 World Cup Qualifying preparations. The U.S. will open fourth-round play on November 13 against the St. Vincent & the Grenadines-Aruba winner at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Costa Rica will also launch its participation the same day at home against either Grenada or Haiti.