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USMNT edges Costa Rica on late goals by Lletget, Arriola


It may only be January, but the Gregg Berhalter era with the United States Men’s National team is off to a perfect start – record-wise.

Sebastian Lletget’s header in the 80th minute as the rain started to come down at Avaya Stadium gave the USMNT the 2-0 win on Saturday, effectively ending their January camp on a high note. Lletget headed in a Jonathan Lewis cross in the 80th minute to break the scoreless deadlock and Paul Arriola doubled the score in the 88th on a chip of Costa Rica keeper Esteban Alvarado.

However, the win didn’t come easy as many would’ve thought. The USMNT started a bit better than they did last Sunday against Panama. They were able to find their way into Costa Rica’s third in the first half but weren’t able to find the back of the net.

“The mentality of the first half was too passive,” head coach Gregg Berhalter said to the media afterward. “We want to be much more aggressive.

“When we’re able to speed to up, we’re able to catch them out of position and find some spaces, so there are some things that led to a much better second half.”

Arriola came just short of finding Corey Baird at the far post in the 18th minute on what could’ve been the game’s opening goal. Walker Zimmerman missed on a header off of a Djordje Mihailovic cross midway through the first half and Milhailovic just missed Gyasi Zardes in stride one what could’ve been a goal at the end of the half.

The United States’ scoring woes continued early in the second half as Cristian Roldan poorly missed on what would’ve been a goal right in front of net.

Nick Lima nearly sent the Avaya Stadium crowd into a frenzy with a rocket of a shot to the far post in the 54th minute, but the ball hit the edge of the post and deflected away.

Lewis’ cross to Lletget for the goal made him just the second American to tally an assist in back-to-back matches as a sub since 2014 and, with the goal, Lletget became just the sixth American player with a goal and an assist off the bench and the first since Clint Dempsey did it against Costa Rica back in July 2017.

“So, Sebastian’s an interesting one because he’s got a load of ability,” Berhalter said about Lletget. “When he plays within the structure, now (his) skill set can take over and help him be very effective.”

Up next for Berhalter and Co. is a pair of March friendlies against Ecuador and Chile respectively.



  1. only saw the highlights. holy crap how many times did we break into their box in the second half? like the run on the banks during the stock market crash of 1929, dang! good job, boys. [thumbs up]

  2. I live in North San Jose CA thank god I did not go to the game everyone assumes because we are in California the weather will be warm. It is freezing and raining. ?Smh

    • LoL. You’re not think you’re going to get sympathy from anywhere else in the country right now are-ya? IWellll… it’s chilly and raining. If it were freezing and raining it would be more like sleet/snow, eh? Next time, show up w/ a good jacket and hat and keep singing and moving brotha!

      • Can you please type a coherent sentence, with proper grammar and sentence structure? You’re not think?

      • Bro it is freezing cold. You wanna think because we not in the midwest or close to NY we don’t get cold too? Cold weather cold wind and cold rain equals pneumonia

    • I looked at the weather for San Jose on Feb 2nd…. it was a high of 57 and a low of 49, 18 mph winds and rain
      …. that is at best mildly chilly.

      • Bro you or anyone else can’t tell me how to feel. You idiots never heard of it feeling colder than what it is. I am not going to argue one of you all are in my shoes. Wind blowing it being chilly and wet is pneumonia weather. Why don’t you stay outside all day and lets see if you don’t get sick. Being in wet clothes won’t make you cold? You all are idiots! I was outside all day working so shut your mouth, your mom and dad are wussy

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