The U.S. lost to Costa Rica, 1-0, on Friday night at the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles. Rodney Wallace, currently a member of the Portland Timbers, scored the only goal of the game in the 65th minute. 15,798 fans were on hand to watch Jürgen Klinsmann’s second ever game as head coach of the USMNT.
Rodney Wallace came into the game in the 61st minute, making his first ever international appearance for his home country. It only took him four minutes to score his first ever international goal. Real Salt Lake forward Álvaro Saborío received a nicely lobbed pass near the end line. His low cross found Michael Barrantes, who forced a great save from U.S. goalie Tim Howard. Unfortunately for the Klinsmann, Howard, and the USMNT, the rebound fell to Wallace who headed the ball in. Howard was still able to get a piece on Wallace’s header, but he couldn’t keep it from crossing the goal line.
While the U.S. did manage to play more off an attacking style than they did under former head coach Bob Bradley, they were not able to take advantage of their opportunities and put one into the back of the net. Klinsmann had the U.S. playing an unfamiliar 4-3-3, or a 4-1-2-3.
Columbus Crew midfielder Robbie Rogers started the match on the right wing. He and FC Dallas winger Brek Shea switched sides many times, trying to create trouble for the Costa Rica defense. Rogers was subbed out in the 66th minute for Sacha Kljestan.
The U.S. now head to Brussels to take on the Belgium national team on Tuesday, July 6th.
USA – Tim Howard; Timmy Chandler, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), Edgar Castillo; Maurice Edu, Landon Donovan, Jose Torres; Robbie Rogers (Sacha Kljestan, 66), Jozy Altidore (Juan Agudelo , 63), Brek Shea.
Costa Rica – Keylor Navas; Carlos Johnson (José Salvatierra, 82), Michael Umaña, Jhonny Acosta, Roy Miller; Josué Martínez (Daniel Colindres, 46), Michael Barrantes (José Mena, 87), Randall Azofeifa (capt.), Álvaro Sánchez (Kareem Mclean, 79); Álvaro Saborío, Randall Brenes (Rodney Wallace, 61).