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The game coverage can be seen via the U.S. Major League Soccer website. The match will also be available in Costa Rica on local channel 7.
- U.S. Major League of Soccer photo -

Published Wednesday, June 9, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff and wire services

Coming off their dramatic and emotional CONCACAF Nations League triumph, the U.S. Men's National Team, USMNT, will be back at it as they take the field again for an international friendly against Costa Rica today at 5 p.m. (7 p.m. ET) at the Rio Tinto Stadium, in Sandy, Utah.

According to the U.S. Major League of Soccer (MLS), while there won't be a trophy on the line this time, the match still marks the final tune-up opportunity for coach Gregg Berhalter and team ahead of this summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup. This match is making it another potentially valuable data point in assessing personnel before it's back to competitive action. And for many of the European-based players, it is likely to be the last action for the USMNT before World Cup qualifying begins in September.

It will also mark the 40th all-time meeting between the countries, with the U.S. holding a 17-16-6 edge, according to MLS.

"The USMNT players are no doubt riding high coming into the matchup, on the heels of one of the biggest victories for the program in recent years with Sunday's epic triumph over El Tri that delivered them the first-ever Concacaf Nations League trophy," the MLS said in its statement. "According to the soccer team organization, the quick turnaround to Wednesday's friendly was by design, in order to simulate a similar rhythm to the schedule the players will be playing during World Cup Qualifying, which is fast approaching in September. How the players respond to the congested timeframe coming off the emotional victory is one thing to keep an eye on.”

MLS added: "Exactly how Gregg Berhalter chooses to line up is another."

Should the U.S. coach decide to ease the workload on standout regulars like Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie, it might take off some of the star power, but it would also mean game time for some depth players looking to make their case that they should stay in the fold. Either way, there are plenty of future implications.

"On the other side, Costa Rica can always be counted on as a tough CONCACAF adversary, even if recent results haven't gone the way of Los Ticos,” the major league said in its statement. It was almost Costa Rica that ended Mexico's CONCACAF Nations League hopes before they even reached the final, as they battled El Tri to a 0-0 draw, only to lose the penalty-kick shootout. They then also fell short to Honduras on penalties following a 2-2 draw in the third-place match. They're now only 1-6-5 under manager Rónald González, so they'll be plenty motivated to try and use the matchup with the Yanks to get on the right track.

The Costa Rican roster features plenty of MLS representation, including Francisco Calvo (Chicago Fire FC), Luis Diaz (Columbus Crew), Ariel Lassiter (Houston Dynamo FC), Randall Leal (Nashville SC), Giancarlo Gonzalez (LA Galaxy) and Joseph Mora (D.C. United).

The game coverage can be seen via the U.S. Major League Soccer website.

Have you seen games with any of the Costa Rican Team athletes in the MLS?  We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to

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