Through a Lens: United States vs Costa Rica

Photograph by Matt Kremkau

 

Photograph by Matt Kremkau

Tim Howard warms up before the U.S. vs Costa Rica World Cup qualifying match at Red Bull Arena on Sept. 1.

 

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From left, Dax McCarty returns to Red Bull Arena once again while chatting with Alejandro Bedoya and Clint Dempsey. This would make a fun caption contest.

 

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Brad Guzan, “Hold still! You got a little schmutz on your face!”

 

 

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Tim Howard and Michael Bradley during the national anthem. I feel like Bradley is staring me down in this shot.

 

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Great TIFO display by the supporters of US Soccer just as the anthems finished.

 

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A U.S. military flyover after the national anthem as all the photographers scurried and ran to their positions. We didn’t realize there would be a flyover but managed to snap this quick photo. After, I had to run the entire length of the stadium to reach my position in the bottom right.

 

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Captain America Thor in attendance. Good to see he got time off from shooting Avengers 4.

 

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Bobby Wood’s cross is nearly blocked by Costa Rican defender Francisco Calvo

 

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Costa Rican defender Bryan Oviedo heads a ball out of the box away from U.S. forward Bobby Wood in the first half.

 

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Captain Michael Bradley intercepts a Costa Rican pass to line up a shot at goal, which ultimately went wide.

 

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Costa Rica forward Marco Urena would get his first with a goal in the 30th minute.

 

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Graham Zusi gets ready for a corner kick.

 

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Christian Pulisic,18, had a rough game against Costa Rica’s defense.

 

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Darlington Nagbe attempts a shot at goal to get the U.S. back into the game in the second half.

 

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Michael Bradley had a more active second half but in the end, he could not help get his team a result.

 

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Forward Jozy Altidore carries the ball into the Costa Rica half.

 

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Jozy Altidore had the best chance to tie the match but a great combo stop by Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas and Johnny Acosta. Just after this play, Altidore was shown a yellow card. Altidore will miss the next match against Honduras on Tuesday.

 

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Clint Dempsey entered the match in the 65th minute. Dempsey tied Landon Donovan for 40 appearances for the U.S. in World Cup qualifying.

 

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Costa Rican fans celebrate at Red Bull Arena, as the Ticos went on to win the game, 2-0, on a late 82nd minute goal by Marco Urena.