At 7 PM Friday night the United States will host Costa Rica in The Hex. Dick's Sporting Goods Park hosts the two national teams on their quest for Brazil 2014.
Seattle Sounders FC forward Eddie Johnson is almost certain to feature in the MLS heavy lineup that Jurgen Klinsmann will put out for the United States. With the US losing the opener of The Hex it is more important than usual for the Americans to get a home win.
But the circumstances are a bit odd. Injuries and form issues led to a rather inexperienced roster to be put forward. There is also the tension from the Sporting News report that Jurgen may not know what he's doing. Unlike what is put forward in that story, the American players already know who is starting tonight.
The general rule is that a team can 'afford' to drop only a single home match. As usual The Hex is a bit of a trap. Outside of Mexico the quality of the teams is not high, but neither is the quality of the USA at this time. It is as much pressure as can be generated this early in the 10 match mini-league.
Conditions in the Denver area are going to be a little harsh as well. The 20,000 or so in attendance will get to enjoy a bit of snow with their subfreezing temperatures and wind. Costa Rica practiced at altitude earlier in the week. That will provide a little bit of prep, but with the USA typically being a side which counts on fitness they will have the advantage.
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