Costa Rica

After loss to Costa Rica, it's a harsh World Cup qualifying reality for the U.S.

After loss to Costa Rica, it's a harsh World Cup qualifying reality for the U.S.

When U.S. Soccer lured Bruce Arena away from the Galaxy to coach the national team last fall, it gave him just one objective.

“My goal is very clear,” Arena said at the time. “It’s to qualify our team for Russia 2018.”

Friday’s dismal 2-0 loss to Costa Rica has put that goal in peril. But if the road to Russia has suddenly become steeper, there is still a way through, beginning Tuesday in Honduras.

Unbeaten Mexico (5-0-2) has already punched its ticket to Russia and Costa Rica (4-1-2) is close enough to begin pricing airfares. At the other end of the six-team qualifying table Trinidad and Tobago (1-6-0) is only mathematically alive.

That leaves the U.S. (2-3-2),...

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