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Team USA to face Costa Rica in World Cup Qualifying

Team USA to face Costa Rica in World Cup Qualifying
Friday, September 6, 2013 - 1:35pm

The U.S. Men's National Team resumes World Cup Qualifying with another historic opportunity when it faces Costa Rica on Sept. 6 in San Jose. Leading the Hexagonal with 13 points through six games, the MNT has never won an away qualifier in Costa Rica. The Ticos are second place in the group with 11 points.

Kickoff at Estadio Nacional is set for 10 p.m. ET (8 p.m. local), and the match will be broadcast live on beIN SPORT and ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow along on's MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.

The U.S. is riding a record-setting 12-match winning streak that began June 2 with a 4-3 victory against then second-ranked Germany in the Centennial Celebration Match and includes three wins in World Cup Qualifying and six straight victories en route to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup championship.

U.S. team captain Clint Dempsey is primed to earn his 100th cap for the United States. Dempsey has 12 goals in World Cup Qualifying during his international career, which ties him for first place on the USA's all-time list. He is the only U.S. player to appear in all 12 matches in this qualifying cycle.

Klinsmann just passed the two-year anniversary of his tenure with the U.S. Men's National Team and has compiled some impressive results, including a record-tying winning percentage in 2012 (.750) and a record-setting winning streak that utilized 35 different players.

Four days later, a sold-out crowd in Columbus, Ohio will watch USA-Mexico, presented by AT&T at Crew Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio.

• There is a scenario in which the U.S. could qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup following the Costa Rica match. In order for that to occur, the U.S. must beat Costa Rica, Mexico must tie Honduras, and Panama must lose or draw against Jamaica.
• Jozy Altidore was cleared to resume workouts Tuesday after receiving a full medical evaluation. He sat out Sunderland's match on Sept. 1 with soreness in his hamstring.
• Altidore has scored in his last five matches for the United States, becoming the only player in U.S. history to accomplish this feat. He was Budweiser Man of the Match in the USA's 4-3 win against Bosnia-Herzegovina, scoring three goals and recording an assist.
• Dempsey's seven goals in this qualifying cycle leads all U.S. scorers. His most recent strike in the campaign proved the game-winner in the 1-0 win against Costa Rica on March 22 in Commerce City, Colo. [WATCH SNOWCLASICO HIGHLIGHTS]
• A total of 11 players were part of the Gold Cup winning squad: DaMarcus Beasley, Kyle Beckerman, Alejandro Bedoya, Matt Besler, Edgar Castillo, Mix Diskerud, Landon Donovan, Omar Gonzalez, Eddie Johnson, Michael Orozco and Nick Rimando.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City) John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Roma), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC)

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