US to host Costa Rica in Sept. 2 exhibition in LA

The U.S. men will host Costa Rica on Sept. 2 in Carson, Calif.,

a rare exhibition between the regional rivals.

U.S. Soccer announced the game Tuesday, the first of two

September exhibitions. The Americans then play Belgium in Brussels

four days later.

The U.S. and Costa Rica meet frequently in CONCACAF play, but

this is their first exhibition since 1995. The Americans have an

11-11-6 record overall against the Ticos, including a 2-2 draw on

Oct. 14, 2009, that cost Costa Rica a spot in last year’s World

Cup. The tie dropped Costa Rica to fourth in North and Central

American and Caribbean region qualifying, and the Ticos then lost

to Uruguay in a playoff for the spot shared by CONCACAF and South