The US Soccer team will resume its CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers this September. The team returns to the Hexagonal after capturing the 2013 Gold Cup and defeating Bosnia-Herzegovina in a friendly match.
The Stars and Stripes will face Costa Rica and Mexico during this month. The first match will be against Costa Rica at the Estadio Nacional in San Jose on September 6.
The second match against Mexico will be celebrated at the Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on September 10. It is not going to be an easy Hexagonal for the United States.
The beginning of the year saw Costa Rica lose to the USA in Denver, Colorado. The Costa Ricans lodged an appeal against the US alleging irregularities affecting their players.
The irregularities were secondary to the snowstorm brewing during the match. FIFA rejected the appeal since it was lodged more than two hours after the match ended.
It is expected that Costa Rica will use this encounter to extract revenge against the USA. Costa Rica might exert pressure on America with the predominance of its supporters in the stadium.
While the two teams will not play at Estadio Saprissa, the weather can be a factor in the match. The US Team may suffer from climactic change in the stadium unless there practice methods take it into account.
The climactic changes could be heat along with the type of turf on the field. On the other hand, this might have been resolved.
Costa Rica is currently in second place in the Hexagonal with 11 points. The Central American country has three wins, one loss, and two ties.
It has seven goals for and three against for a differential of seven.
Mexico might be at a disadvantage taking into account the home field advantage favoring America. El Tri will probably use the match to prove that it is not finished in the Hexagonal.
El Tri is under pressure to deliver results after its performance during the Hexagonal. Mexico is currently in third place with eight points.
They have one win, no loss and five tied matches. Its only victory was against Jamaica and three of the tied matches were scoreless.
Its manager Chepo De La Torre is under pressure to perform and gain a victory after barely surviving a vote of no confidence from Mexico. El Tri might be tempted to go on the offensive since there is nothing to lose.
What can the US do?
The US Soccer team must not underestimate Costa Rica and Mexico. They must go for everything with a strong and organized defense as well as midfield.
Landon Donovan, Jose Torres, Brek Shea, and Chris Wondolowski must play a pivotal role in the two matches. The team must rally around them and cooperate since this is necessary to qualify.
Costa Rica will prevail in its match in spite of the efforts of the US team. Mexico and the US will go into extra time with an American victory on the basis of penalty.
Costa Rica 2-1 USA
USA 3-2 Mexico
Bosnia-Herzegovina vs USA You Tube Video courtesy of US Soccer.