There was nothing quite like the fury of a scorned soccer nation.
Costa Rica set the table for its revenge with some pregame challenges, designed to unsettle the visiting U.S. national soccer team. Once the
For months, the Costa Rican fans simmered with anger over a 1-0 loss to the U.S. in March in Colorado in blizzard-like conditions, feeling that the Americans had orchestrated the result.
This week, hospitality was not on display in San Jose. The U.S. team bus was pelted with eggs. There were long lines at customs and immigrations and issues with the suggested training sites. Eventually, the team practiced at a dairy and a fan dressed up as a cow walked behind U.S. Coach Juergen Klinsmann during a TV interview and sounded an air horn.
There was no such comedy on the soccer pitch for the Americans. They simply lost their way in San Jose in every way, shape and form and fell to 0-8-2 in Costa Rica
Just like that, the 12-game winning streak for the U.S. team ended with a thud. But there were other significant, unfortunate ramifications. The U.S. trio of
On top of that, skilled midfielder
The goal went to Johnny Acosta and Costa Rica doubled its lead with a soaring header from Celso Borges.
If anything, there was an even more startling result in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. It came at Mexico City with Honduras beating Mexico, 2-1, only the second time Mexico has lost at home at Azteca in World Cup qualifying. The U.S., now one point behind first-place Costa Rica in the qualifying group, can clinch a World Cup spot with a win over Mexico on Tuesday.