Watch the entire USMNT defense break down for Costa Rica’s opening goal
The USMNT traveled to Costa Rica with the hopes of bouncing back after the loss to Mexico in the Hex, but their dreams took a severe dashing in the 44th minute on Tuesday as Johan Venegas put the hosts ahead.
The goal itself was damaging enough, but even more telling was the complete and utter breakdown in the back for the US.
First, the entire defense is caught out by a beautiful cross-field ball in behind the back line, with Timmy Chandler caught well outside the borders of No Man's Land.
Then, the closest man to the ball, center-back Omar Gonzalez fails to properly close his man down, allowing Christian Bolaños all the time in the world to pick his cross. The USMNT's mistakes only compound from there, as John Brooks fails to find his mark, giving Venegas acres of space to effortlessly head past Brad Guzan and make it 1-0.
The US reverted back to their more familiar 4-4-2 formation against Costa Rica after an awful showing as a three-back on Friday, but the organization and spacing that was so lacking against Mexico has reared its ugly head once again.
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