United States falls to Costa Rica 2-0 in World Cup qualifier

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However with the stakes raised on Tuesday, and Honduras opting to kick off in the blazing heat of mid-afternoon, a more challenging task awaits.

"We obviously didn't play well tonight".

All of a sudden, the World Cup qualifying chances Arena had helped revive are back in jeopardy heading into Tuesday's trip to Honduras, which moved into a tie with the Americans in the CONCACAF qualifying standings after beating Trinidad & Tobago, 2-1, on Friday.

Here are three takeaways from the first loss in the second stint of Arena.

According to ESPN Stats & Info, Urena's goal in the 30th minute broke the Americans' streak of scoring first in nine straight games.

Giveaways by defenders Eric Lichaj and Matt Hedges should have been punished in the quarterfinal against El Salvador; saves by Tim Howard bailed out his defenders and the US ground out a 2-0 victory.

The U.S. had other chances but Costa Rica goalie Keylor Navas repeatedly rose the challenge. The US, though they certainly seemed prepared for it, could not find a way to pick the lock and therefore left themselves very vulnerable, no matter the individual performances.

Christian Pulisic was lively up the right flank in the opening 20 minutes and looked to have set up Altidore in the 23rd minute, but the US striker was taken down from behind, and no penalty was given.

At almost the same point in the match, Arena sent on Dempsey to replace Villafana with an extra attacker.

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Dempsey has 57 career USA goals and is tied with Landon Donovan for the all-time US men's record.

Dempsey breathed a bit of life into the offense without landing either of his two shots on target. During one USA attack in the 66th minute, he dove to the ground, then used an arm and leg to deflect a unsafe ball. American forward Jozy Altidore is suspended for Tuesday's game after an 80th minute yellow card for pushing Johan Venegas.

The first time these two met in this hexagonal stage Los Ticos obtained a monumental 4-0 victory at home against the Americans. If you can't win this game at home-and the USA has already lost twice at home in this Hex-you don't deserve to go to the World Cup.

Costa Rica's 4-0 demolition of the United States on November 15 in San Jose cost Klinsmann his job. The game will be played at Red Bull Arena, just across the Hudson River from Manhattan.

"We'll take a day to reflect on this and come up with a plan", Arena said.

Costa Rica drew a good crowd when it beat the US, 1-0, in a friendly two years ago at Red Bull Arena. The Americans' qualifying fate might come down to a home match against the Canaleros next month. However, the two would link up again a minute later when picked out the San Jose Earthquakes forward with another pass and he made sure to score as he beat Tim Howard.

Friday's game marked the first time Cameron and Ream have started together in the center of a four-man back line and the lack of chemistry showed at times.

Costa Rica was more than just a threat from the early going when it created an opportunity after a lackluster giveaway from defender Tim Ream.

While the top three teams qualify, the fourth-place finisher advanced to a playoff against Asia's No. 5 team.

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