The· America The U-23 national team was defeated with a decisive victory in order to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. Costa Rica 1-0 in the opening round of the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament in Guadalajara.
FC Dallas Attacker Jesus Ferreira scored the game’s only goal in the 35th minute, US defense launched it, and keeper David Ochoa made a total of eight saves in the Man of the Match performance. I did.
When Mexico The Dominican Republic also belongs to Group A, and this victory puts the United States in an excellent position to advance to the first Olympic Games since 2008.
Group B consists of Canada, El Salvador, Haiti and Honduras. The top two teams from each group will advance to the semi-finals, with both finalists berthed in 16-team tournaments in different parts of Japan from July 21st to August 7th.
At Estadio Jalisco, the United States struggled to maintain ownership as the match progressed in difficult conditions, with temperatures approaching 90 degrees Celsius and altitudes exceeding 5,000 feet. Given that the Major League Soccer season hasn’t started yet, while the Costa Rican League is in the midst of it. Rosticos It wasn’t too surprising that he was good at playing.
However, the United States played an important role, claiming all three points on Ochoa’s save.
“It was great,” said US manager Jason Kreis about his team trying to take care of the ball. “It was an important result for us, but I think we wanted to get it in a slightly better fashion.
“We wish we could use the ball well, make better decisions and maintain the tempo of the game better, but unfortunately for some who aren’t playing, it’s just fitness. It’s not about them, it’s about them. Touch the ball.
“So when we handed out the balls very cheaply, I felt that most of what Costa Rica did to hurt us was in transition.”
Both teams became nervous early on. Ferreira took Costa Rica’s defender Fernand Faeron in the 2nd minute and scored an unimpeded goal, but had no choice but to hit the post with a shot.
Ochoa was then asked to make two big saves, choking Adrian Martinez’s shot in the 7th minute, and 10 minutes later following a gift from US defender Mauricio Pineda, another short-range Martinez effort. did.
Given that JT Marvelousski was thought to have an inside track heading to the training camp, it was surprising that Ochoa nodded to the start. However, Kreis’ decision was substantiated throughout the match.
“I thought Ochoa was great,” Kreis said. “And this decision was based on performance at this camp. Both goalkeepers and David, who thought they would give them their first chance with JT, came here with minor injuries, so seeing them It was a little fun. In the first 10 days, I was back in 100% of the places.
“I made a really very late decision, but at this point it was clear that Ochoa was a little better, so I knew he needed to save tonight. Came in a very big way for us. “
With Costa Rican man marking Jackson Yuil To reject him the ball, the United States had to find some alternative paths to the goal. Ten minutes before half-time, Pineda found Sam Vines free on the left side. The defense did not clear the next cross, and Ferreira jumped first and fired home from 10 yards.
The United States continued to find space under the wing, and Aaron Herrera had a teasing pass across the goal in the first half of the stop time, but the American attacker wasn’t there.
Costa Rica started the second half at a higher level with the aim of getting an equalizer.The United States did not help itself with some giveaways deep in its own half, but Ochoa was again at hand and jumped into his right to deny Randall LealEffort in 48 minutes and subsequent savings Luis Diaz After 3 minutes.
To stop the flow, Kreis puts Sebastian Saused and Andres Perea Benji Michel And Georges Mikhailovich In 60 minutes. While Costa Rica continued to control the tempo, the United States began to find opportunities at the counter. Hassani Dotson cleared Ferreira in the 66th minute, but the first touch of the US forward moved away from him, and Costa Rican keeper Kevin Chamorro was able to save his weak shot.
Costa Rica continued to put most of the pressure on, and Diaz widened the goal in the 67th minute. The United States then overcame fear, with only six minutes remaining, and Jurguens Montenegro’s free header from the corner was chested off the post, although it appeared offside by Faerron.
But it was as close as they got, and the United States claimed victory. A three-day victory over the Dominican Republic should pave the way for the semi-finals.
Kreis was keen to enjoy this result, but he hopes for improvements from his side in the future.
“One of the things we want players to do is to be able to get results when things go wrong or when they are very tired,” says Kreis. “At the end of the game, we saw how difficult it was for some players to get through the match, and now we say yes. We have three points in our pockets, and we are a team that improves during the course of this tournament. “
In the second game of the Group A doubleheader, host Mexico beat the Dominican Republic 4-1 with Carlos Rodriguez scoring in the 22nd minute and Sebastian Cordova scoring in 51, 69 and 4 minutes. Added. Edison Azcona converted a Dominican Republic penalty kick on the 75th.
– Soccer Sports
United States U23 vs Costa Rica U23-Soccer Match Report-March 18, 2021
https://www.espn.com/soccer/report?gameId=565756 United States U23 vs Costa Rica U23-Soccer Match Report-March 18, 2021