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U.S. to meet Costa Rica in Gold Cup semifinal, eight months after lopsided loss

U.S. to meet Costa Rica in Gold Cup semifinal, eight months after lopsided loss

The last time the U.S. national team lost a soccer game, Jurgen Klinsmann was the coach, Bruce Arena still worked for the Galaxy and Donald Trump had been the president-elect for only a week.

Eight months and 12 games have passed since that match in Costa Rica, the Americans’ most one-sided loss in World Cup qualifying in 36 years. On Saturday, the teams will meet for the first time since then, facing off in a CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal at AT&T Stadium. And Arena, who replaced Klinsmann as coach after that game, isn’t above using the embarrassment of the result as fuel for the rematch.

“They beat the U.S. by four goals in November, right?” Arena asked. “Hopefully we can...

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