NEW JERSEY, Sporting Alert — Costa Rica scored an impressive 2-0 victory over the USA with Marcos Urena scoring twice and Keylor Navas coming up big between the sticks.
Urena beat Tim Howard in the 30th minute to take the lead at halftime and after some stunning saves from Real Madrid No. 1 Navas, including an impressive stop with his leg, Urena went on to doubled the score with his second of the night in the 82nd minute.
Following a brilliant save from goalkeeper Navas, Costa Rica hit the U.S. on the counter and Urena broke clear and powered the ball past Howard to kill the game.
With the win, Costa Rica moved up to second in the group standings with 14 points, the same amount as Mexico, while the U.S. slipped six points behind the leaders.
The USA and Costa Rica are locked in a crucial World Cup 2018 qualifier at Red Bull Arena here in Harrison, New Jersey on Friday night and you can stream the game live on ESPN3.
— San Jose Earthquakes (@SJEarthquakes) September 1, 2017
Costa Rica heads into this game in second place in the final round group stage and will aim to move closer to Russia 2018 with another win.
How to watch Live Stream
The United States, in the meantime, sits third in the group standings, three points behind Costa Rica and five behind the group leader Mexico.
A draw on the road tonight would be a welcoming result for Costa Rica, but the U.S. will need to for the three points as Panama remains in the hunt and win for them and defeat for Bruce Arena’s men would see the Americans dropping to fourth.