Adios, Costa Rica
- by Bret G. Dudl
- 3:48 PM UTC
- Filed in Costa Rica
The headline also serves as the catchphrase for the U.S. team, which suffered yet another humbling experience at Estadio Saprissa. Alvaro Saborio scored 79 seconds in, the second-fastest goal against the United States in a World Cup qualifier, and Costa Rica coasted to a 3-1 victory Wednesday night.
Celso Borges added a goal in the 13th minute, and Pablo Herrera sealed the victory for 41st-ranked Costa Rica when he made it 3-0 in the 69th.
Landon Donovan scored the U.S. goal when he converted a penalty kick in the second minute of second-half stoppage time.
The Ticos shredded the defense of the region’s top-ranked team on the artificial turf of Saprissa Stadium, and the United States stumbled for the second straight time in Central America.
It was a tough start to a difficult three-match stretch of qualifying for the No. 14 Americans, who dropped to 0-7-1 in qualifying at Costa Rica, including 0-7 at San Jose, where they’ve been outscored 16-5. Donovan’s goal was the first for the Americans in Costa Rica since Earnie Stewart’s in 2000.
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