Old Guard Leads U.S. Past Costa Rica

U.S. Soccer, Gold Cup
Jozy Altidore scored the opening goal for the United States. Photo: U.S. Soccer

Gold Cup Semi-Finals
United States 2
Costa Rica 0

Goals: USA: 72’ Jozy Altidore (assist Clint Dempsey); 82’ Clint Dempsey

Overview: Throughout the Gold Cup, U.S. head coach Bruce Arena has used the tournament to get a look at new talent for the Americans as the team eyes this fall’s World Cup qualifiers. But it was the old guard — Tim Howard, Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore — that led the way for the United States, which will now play in the Gold Cup finals. While the red, white and blue controlled the match throughout the first half, Costa Rica picked up its play in the second 45 and had several good looks at Howard’s goal. The U.S. also had several good looks at the Costa Rica net, but was unable to find the breakthrough goal. That was until Arena subbed in Dempsey and the Seattle Sounders star had an immediate impact on the match. He fed Altidore with a neat pass that was put in the back of the net. Dempsey would then give the U.S. a cushion with a well-placed set piece.

Notes:

  • Clint Dempsey’s 82nd-minute free kick was the 57th goal of his international career, tying him with Landon Donovan for first all-time on the U.S. MNT goal scoring list.
  • Dempsey also recorded his 20th career assist on Altidore’s goal, moving him past Claudio Reyna into sole possession of third on the U.S. MNT’s all-time assist list.
  • Jozy Altidore tallied his 38th career international goal to open the scoring in the 72nd minute.
  • Having gone 8-0-5 since Bruce Arena returned as head coach, the team extends its unbeaten streak to 13-matches, a record to start a U.S. MNT head coaching tenure.

What’s next:
It’s on to the finals for the United States, which will be held Wednesday, July 26, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.