Days after a thrilling classic against Mexico with a CONCACAF Nations League title on the line, the U.S. Men’s National team is back in action.
U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Costa Rica
- Kickoff: 5 p.m. MDT
- Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium (Sandy, Utah)
- TV: ESPN2
- Livestream: WatchESPN
- Ticket info: Buy tickets
- Series: The U.S. leads, 17-16-6
Game at a glance
The Americans will face Costa Rica in an international friendly. The United States, who will participate in the CONCACAF Gold Cup next month, is coming off an epic 3-2 victory over Mexico. The U.S. prevailed after Christian Pulisic scored in extra time, while goalkeeper Ethan Horvath saved a penalty to help the Americans capture the trophy. Costa Rica, meanwhile, fell on penalty kicks to Honduras in the Nations League third-place game.
Storylines for U.S. vs. Costa Rica
- How will Americans respond to a quick turnaround? The USMNT is playing its fourth game in 11 days, following a friendly against Switzerland and two games in the Nations League Final Four. It’s designed to help the team prepare for the type of scheduling they’ll face in the World Cup qualifying in September. Considering the quick turnaround, will the U.S. play young stars like Pulisic and Weston McKennie, or allow some of their depth players to get more action?
- How will Costa Rica bounce back? Costa Rica is on a nine-game winless streak and is coming off a tough-fought two-game stretch at the Nations League in Denver. It lost to Mexico on penalty kicks after a 0-0 draw through extra time, before again coming up short against Honduras. Will Wednesday’s matchup give Costa Rica a chance to build some momentum?