Hello and welcome to tonight’s World Cup qualifier between the United States and Costa Rica. It’s the sixth matchday of Concacaf’s first-ever octagonal, where eight nations will play 14 matches in seven months – seven home and seven away – to determine three automatic qualifiers for next year’s World Cup in Qatar. But it’s already a critical one for the United States who have managed just eight points on two wins, one defeat and two draws coming off Sunday’s deflating 1-0 loss at Panama.
The Americans are also missing star players Christian Pulisic and Gio Reyna due to injury, though they have welcomed back Weston McKennie following his disciplinary flap over a violation of Covid-19 protocols.
Kickoff is a touch under 15 minutes from now. We’ll be back with the team sheets directly.
Source : https://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2021/oct/13/usa-v-costa-rica-2022-world-cup-qualifier-live?page=with:block-616774a08f08880f7f0558be153