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Back from the brink: USA 4 Costa Rica 0

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Back from the brink: USA 4 Costa Rica 0

The United States revived their Copa America Centenario with a 4-0 win over lackluster Costa Rica.

Striker Clint Dempsey scored a penalty at 9 minutes, Jermaine Jones (37) and Bobby Wood (42) widened the lead in the first half and Graham Zusi closed the account in the 87th minute of the match at the historic Soldier Field in Chicago before 39,642 spectators.

The win gives new life to the United States after the defeat against Colombia (2-0) in the debut. They control their won destiny when they face Paraguay next Saturday in Philadelphia.

Costa Rica on the other hand are in a tough spot with just one point from two games and now must face Colombia on the final date.

Game stats

USA - Costa Rica 4 - 0 (3-0)

Stadium: Soldier Field (Chicago)

Attendance: 39,642 

Referee: Rody Zambrano. Lines: Byron Romero and Luis Vera (Ecuador)

Goals: USA: Clint Dempsey (9, penalty), Jermaine Jones (37), Bobby Wood (42), Graham Zusi (87)

Yellow cards: Estados Unidos: Fabian Johnson (44), John Brooks (81)

Teams:

USA: Brad Guzan - DeAndré Yedlin, Geoff Cameron, John Brooks, Fabian Johnson - Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones, Alejandro Bedoya (Kyle Beckermann, 82) - Bobby Wood (Graham Zusi, 70), Clint Dempsey (Chris Wondolowski, 78) and Gyasi Zardes. Coach: Jürgen Klinsmann.

Costa Rica: Patrick Pemberton - Johnny Acosta, Oscar Duarte, Francisco Calvo, Cristian Gamboa (José Salvatierra, 46) - Ronald Matarrita, Celso Borges, Christian Bolaños, Bryan Ruiz - Joel Campbell (Randall Azofeifa, 46) and Marco Ureña (Alvaro Saborío, 18). Coach: Oscar Ramírez.

 

Photos: MEXSPORT/ AFP