Pepi, Acosta, Weah, Yedlin start for US at Costa Rica
Costa Rica US Wcup Soccer View of the National stadium at sunset ahead of a qualifying soccer match for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 between Costa Rica and United States, in San Jose, Costa Rica, Tuesday, March 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo) (Moises Castillo)SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — (AP) — Ricardo Pepi, Kellyn Acosta, Tim Weah and DeAndre Yedlin returned to the starting lineup as U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter made four changes for Wednesday night’s final World Cup qualifier at Costa Rica. With the U.S. in position to clinch a World Cup return as long as the Americans did not lose by six goals or more, Berhalter replaced Jesús Ferreira with Pepi and Luca de La Torre with Acosta. Pulisic, Yedlin and Acosta were the only holdovers from the 2-1 loss at Trinidad and Tobago on Oct. 10, 2017 that ended the Americans' streak of seven straight World Cup appearances. Costa Rica was fourth with 22.wftv.com
Pulisic has hat trick in 5-1 win, US on brink of World Cup
Christian Pulisic scored his first international hat trick, leading the United States to the brink of returning to the World Cup with a 5-1 rout of Panama on Sunday night. Pulisic converted two penalty kicks during a four-goal burst in the first half that also saw Paul Arriola and Jesús Ferreira score, then boosted the lead to 5-0 on memorable goal with two brilliant touches that evaded a pair of defenders. With fans still fretting after the Americans' failure to reach the 2018 World Cup, the U.S. assumed a commanding position to qualify for the November tournament in Qatar.news.yahoo.com
McKennie goal gets US going in frigid 3-0 win vs. Honduras
That was McKennie’s ninth international goal, his second in World Cup qualifying, and it would prove to be enough. The ball glanced off Zimmerman’s left leg, and he kicked it in with his right from 5 yards for his third international goal. Pulisic scored about three minutes after entering. He scored from near the penalty spot with his second touch of the game — his 18th international goal. Notes: Costa Rica won 1-0 at Jamaica as Joel Campbell scored his 22nd international goal in the 62nd minute.wftv.com
Midfielders, defenders provide US goals in push for WCup bid
(AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez)COLUMBUS, Ohio — (AP) — Midfielders and defenders are providing the goals the United States needs to reach the World Cup — by a wide margin. Three of the Americans’ 13 goals in the first nine qualifiers have come from outside defenders, with left back Antonee Robinson scoring his second in Thursday night’s arduous 1-0 win over El Salvador. Right back Sergiño Dest had the tying goal in the 2-1 victory over Costa Rica last week on the same Lower.com field. They are a big part of how we play, especially when we’re dropping our midfielders lower.”With qualifying at nearly the two-thirds point going into Sunday’s match at Canada, seven goals have been produced by midfielders. Canada leads North and Central America and the Caribbean with 19 points, followed by the U.S. (18), Mexico (17), Panama (14) and Costa Rica (12), with Jamaica (seven), El Salvador (six) and Honduras (three) lagging.wftv.com
Robinson goal lifts US over El Salvador 1-0 in Cup qualifier
WCup El Salvador US Soccer United States' Antonee Robinson (5) celebrates his goal with Weston McKennie (8) and Chris Richards (15) during the second half of a FIFA World Cup qualifying soccer match against El Salvador, Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio. El Salvador is left with six and has virtually no chance to reach this year’s tournament in Qatar. The U.S. Soccer Federation scheduled the match in a cold climate to minimize travel and put the chill on El Salvador, which went to a sporting goods store to purchase additional winter gear. The Americans’ 15th straight home win over El Salvador since 1989 didn’t come easily. They outshot El Salvador 8-3 in the first half but put none on target.wftv.com
US soccer has Jekyll & Hyde personality ahead of Costa Rica
WCup Jamaica US Soccer United States' Brenden Aaronson celebrates after the United States scored against Jamaica during a FIFA World Cup qualifying soccer match Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) (Eric Gay)COLUMBUS, Ohio — (AP) — The U.S. soccer team has a Jekyll and Hyde personality that makes it difficult to determine which will show for Wednesday night’s World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica. A portion of the fan base nervous and skeptical following the failure to reach the 2018 World Cup hyperventilates at DEFCON1 in response to any hiccup. Canada follows with seven and Costa Rica six after rallying for a 2-1 win at home over El Salvador. 44-ranked Costa Rica has qualified for four of the last five World Cups, missing on 2010.wftv.com
Panama wins qualifier 1-0 as Berhalter shuffles US lineup
Aníbal Godoy scored in the 54th minute and Panama upended the United States 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier when American coach Gregg Berhalter started a largely second-string lineup in the middle of another hectic stretch of three matches in seven days.
Berhalter gives wake-up call, US eases pressure with win
Given a wake-up call by coach Gregg Berhalter, they responded in a way few U.S. teams have. The Americans won a World Cup qualifier for just the second time in 41 matches they trailed at halftime. But 16 players made their World Cup qualifying debuts in the past week, their first taste of qualifiers on bumpy fields in humidity with horns blaring and supporters screaming. Both the El Salvador and the Honduras game is — they are wars. You have teams and countries that are desperate to get wins, to get in the World Cup, and it’s a different animal than we were used to."wftv.com
Robinson, Pepi, US flip WCup qualifier, beat Honduras 4-1
Ricardo Pepi put the U.S. ahead in the 75th minute, Brenden Aaronson and Sebastian Lletget added late goals and the U.S. rolled past Honduras 4-1 Wednesday night. Still, Brayan Moya put 63rd-ranked Honduras ahead in the 27th minute, breaking free of George Bello and heading a cross from Diego Rodríguez past goalkeeper Matt Turner after John Brooks lost the ball. Pepi made a backheel drop in the 6-yard box to Robinson, who scored with a right-footed volley from 8 yards. The U.S. scored four goals in a qualifier in Central America for the first time. Panama has five points and trails on goals, while Costa Rica and Honduras have two points apiece and Jamaica none.wftv.com
Pepi, US beat Honduras 4-1 in World Cup qualifier
Honduras US Wcup Soccer United States' Ricardo Pepi, left, celebrates scoring his side's second goal against Honduras during a qualifying soccer match for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021. Robinson scored in the 48th minute and Pepi, starting in his international debut, in the 75th. Aaronson, who scored his first goal in Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Canada, added his goal on a counter off a feed from Pepi. “Maybe we thought it was going to be easier than it was going down to El Salvador, Honduras. Notes: Canada beat visiting El Salvador 3-0 on goals by Atiba Hutchison, Jonathan David and Tajon Buchanan.wftv.com
Robinson, Pepi, US flip WCup qualifier, beat Honduras 4-1
Antonee Robinson and Ricardo Pepi scored their first international goals after a halftime change in formation, Brenden Aaronson and Sebastian Lletget added late goals and the United States revived its World Cup qualifying campaign with a 4-1 win over Honduras.
Olympic failures show structural issues for US Soccer, MLS
United States' Sebastian Soto reacts at the end of a Concacaf Men's Olympic qualifying championship semi-final soccer match against Honduras in Guadalajara, Mexico, Sunday, March 28, 2021. Lalas maintains the burden to improve the Olympic effort lies with Kreis, senior national team coach Gregg Berhalter and U.S. men’s national team general manager Brian McBride. FIFA regulations say clubs don’t have to release players for Olympic qualifying or the Olympics. FIFA restricts Olympic qualifying to players 23 and under. AdNone of Honduras’ players on the roster for last week’s national team exhibition against Greece were Olympic age eligible.
Reynolds, Odunze receive US call-ups but not Hoppe
(Laurence Griffiths/Pool via AP)CHICAGO – Defender Bryan Reynolds received his first call-up to the U.S. national team after the 19-year-old made his debut for Roma last weekend. Chituru Odunze, an 18-year-old goalkeeper with Leicester, also could debut in exhibitions against Jamaica on March 25 at Wiener Neustadt, Austria, or three days later at Northern Ireland. Forward Matthew Hoppe, who has scored five goals for Schalke this season, was not called in for a possible debut. Germany), Luca de la Torre (Heracles, Netherlands), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Yunus Musah (Valencia, Spain), Owen Otasowie (Wolverhampton, England). Forwards: Daryl Dike (Barnsley, England), Nicholas Gioacchini (Caen, France), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea, England), Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund, Germany), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen, Germany), Tim Weah (Lille, France).