The Tico’s home has been a fortress when playing the United States National Team. The American’s have never won in San Jose, amassing eight losses and two ties in World Cup Qualifying.
Costa Rica ran out a 5-4-1, while the USA reverted back to the 4-4-2 after a botched run using a 3-4-3 against Mexico on Friday.
Costa Rica owned a good share of possession (54% to 45%) and used it to good effect, creating more shots on goal than the USA.
In the 20th minute, Keylor Navas got his first (and only) challenge in the form of United States wunderkid Christian Pulisic, as the Dortmund starlet burst into the box and fired in a testing cross.
Keylor was able to snuff it out, stopping the American’s attack.
The Tico’s soon replied to that attack with a goal via Venegas, putting Costa Rica 1-0 up in the waning minutes of the first half.
In the second half, Costa Rica were more than willing to sit back and absorb some pressure and try and hit the United States on the counter.
That strategy worked well for them, as Costa Rica frustrated the USA and soon put the match out of reach thanks to a goal from Christian Bolaños in the 68th minute.
A scant five minutes later, Joe Campbell (who had just been subbed on) blew by the USMNT’s John Brooks to bury the ball into the back of the net - Guzan never had a chance.
Clearly not letting up, Joe Campbell got his brace, putting Costa Rica up 4-0 in the 78th minute.
The match would end at that scoreline, meaning that the United States are now in serious trouble, as this is the first time they have gone 0-2 in the Hex since 1980.
But as for Costa Rica, they picked up a well earned three points and now have four points from two games.
Keylor Navas’ Performance
Player Rating: 7.5/10
It was a relaxing night for the Real Madrid keeper as he didn’t see much attacking pressure come his way. As a result, he only had to make one save on the night.
From a Real Madrid perspective this is a good thing, as he didn’t have to over-exert himself, meaning he should be nice and rested for El Derbi Madrileño on the weekend.