04 September, 2017
Pressure and outside criticism may be mounting yet again, but the team knows it needs to focus simply on trying to bounce back. Ureña beat two defenders and took on charging USA goalie Tim Howard with a right-footed shot to the far side of the goal for a 1-0 lead. "All the players that are on our roster for this competition have been with us this year, so I think it makes it easier for us to transition the team into these two games", Arena said.
In theory, Honduras should hold no fear for the Americans, who have a record of played 24, won 17, drawn four, lost three against Tuesday's opponents.
The Americans certainly need to hope that is the case.
"We were probably outplayed in most areas of the field".
Urena got things started in the 30th minute, latching on to a through ball from Bryan Ruiz and outracing US defenders Geoff Cameron and Tim Ream deep into the USA end.
This is a matchup between two of the best teams in CONCACAF.
DeAndre Yedlin (L) and Kyle Beckerman (C) run beside other members of the USA men's soccer team as they train before their opening COPA America 2016 match against Colombia at the Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara on June 2, 2016.
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Well, at least more pleased than with what he saw out of the majority of the rest of his squad. Arena said he did not pick Eintracht Frankfurt's Timmy Chandler because the oft-injured right back had not been with the team for any matches since he took over. "Our back line made some mistakes". On Friday, Howard failed to make any key saves while his counterpart, Keylor Navas, was terrific. (Arena came to Ream's defense, saying afterward that he "had a solid game.") Omar Gonzalez and Matt Besler are the likely replacements.
Panama is likely to win Tuesday at Trinidad, and a loss at Honduras would drop the US into fifth place heading into the October matches. Altidore is suspended for the game due to yellow card accumulation after earning a caution in the 80th minute against Costa Rica. Desperate for a goal, Arena finished the match with four forwards after inserting Dempsey in the 65th minute and Jordan Morris in the 84th.
One change that will have to happen is with the forwards.
"It's disappointing", Altidore said. Minus the injured Joel Campbell, the Ticos threw out their strongest possible XI, set up in their 5-4- 1 and set out to soak up attacking pressure, press and then pick the United States off on the counter, which they executed to perfection. Here are three good things, and three bad things, the US did in the loss. If they don't drastically improve from Friday's showing, a World Cup spot will be in serious jeopardy.
"You have to rely on the referee's judgment, and those calls didn't go our way tonight", said Altidore.
When the teams met in the infamous 1985 World Cup qualifier in Southern California, Costa Rican colors predominated in the crowd of 11,800 and the festivities included musicians and folk dancers in traditional dress.