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Action from the Copa America Centenario match between USA and Costa Rica (white jersey) on October 11, 2016, in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo: Mexsport)

2018 FIFA WORLD CUP
CONCACAF Qualifying -- Final Round, Matchday 2 

Date: November 15, 2016
Match: Costa Rica v USA
Venue: Estadio Nacional – San Jose, Costa Rica
Time: 8:05 p.m. (local)

MATCH OFFICIALS
A: Cesar Ramos (Mexico)
AR1: Marvin Torrentera (Mexico)
AR2: Miguel Hernández (Mexico)
4th: Fernando Guerrero (Mexico)

SUSPENSIONS
Costa Rica: Christian Gamboa
USA: none

ALL-TIME WCQ SERIES
Costa Rica leads: 9W-3D-6L (24GF, 18GA)

LAST WCQ MEETING
September 6, 2013: Costa Rica 3, USA 1
Johnny Acosta 3’; Celso Borges 10’; Joel Campbell 76’ / Clint Dempsey 43’

FIVE MATCH WCQ FORM
Costa Rica: WWWWD
USA: LWWWL 

CONCACAF QUALIFYING RESULTS

Costa Rica (Overall record: 6W-1D-0L … 13GF, 3 GA)
13.11.15 Costa Rica v Haiti 1-0
17.11.15 Panama v Costa Rica 1-2
25.03.16 Jamaica v Costa Rica 1-1
29.03.16 Costa Rica v Jamaica 3-0
02.09.16 Haiti v Costa Rica 0-1
06.09.16 Costa Rica v Panama 3-1
11.11.16 Trinidad & Tobago v Costa Rica 0-2

USA (Overall record: 4W-1D-2L … 21GF, 5GA)
13.11.15 USA v St. Vincent & the Grenadines 6-1
17.11.15 Trinidad & Tobago v USA 0-0
25.03.16 Guatemala v USA 2-0
29.03.16 USA v Guatemala 4-0
02.09.16 St. Vincent & the Grenadines v USA 0-6
06.09.16 USA v Trinidad & Tobago 4-0
11.11.16 USA v Mexico 1-2

CONCACAF QUALIFYING SCORERS 

Costa Rica: Cristian Bolaños (3); Ronald Matarrita, Bryan Ruiz (2); Johnny Acosta, Randall Azofeifa, Celso Borges, Cristian Gamboa, Marco Ureña, Johan Venegas (1)

USA: Jozy Altidore (6); Bobby Wood (3); Geoff Cameron, Sacha Kljestan, Cristian Pulisic (2); Paul Arriola, Matt Besler, Clint Dempsey, Fabian Johnson, Gyasi Zardes, Graham Zusi (1) 

FINAL ROUND SUMMARY

Costa Rica: Cristian Bolaños scored a goal and assisted on another as Costa Rica opened final-round play with a 2-0 win over host Trinidad & Tobago on November 11, 2016.  The Ticos capitalized on a break down in the Trinidad defense to take a 1-0 lead in the 65th minute as unmarked Bolaños tapped in from close range off a Cristian Gamboa feed.  In the second minute of stoppage time, Ronald Matarrita netted an insurance goal after Bolaños provided the final pass.

USA: The USA lost at home to Mexico in a World Cup qualifier for the first time in 34 years, falling 2-1 on November 11, 2016.  The result ended a string of four straight 2-0 triumphs by the Americans over their southern neighbor at MAPFRE Stadium in CONCACAF qualifying.  Rafael Marquez broke a 1-1 tie in the 89th minute, flicking in a header off a Miguel Layun corner kick.  Layun gave the visitor a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute with a deflected effort from outside the box.  Bobby Wood scored in the lone U.S. goal four minutes into the second half by using strength and agility to strike after collecting a pass from Jozy Altidore. 

FAST FACTS

Costa Rica

  • Qualified for four FIFA World Cups (1990, 2002, 2006, 2014), advancing as far as the quarterfinals in 2014, before falling to the Netherlands on penalty kicks (4-3), after a scoreless draw.
  • One of three teams to reach each of the previous five Hexagonal editions.
  • Has not conceded more than one goal in any of seven 2018 WCQs, posting four shutouts.
  • 8W-1D-0L in nine all-time home WCQs v USA.

USA

  • Played in every World Cup from Italia 1990 through Brazil 2014 … longest active streak by any CONCACAF side.
  • Holds record for most Hexagonal wins (29) and most first-place finishes (3).
  • Scored most goals in fourth-round WCQ play (20 … Guatemala #2 with 18)
  • Eight of last nine WCQ goals scored in second half.
  • Conceded either no goals (four times) or two goals (two times) in last six WCQs.
 
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