Four days after losing at home to Mexico, the U.S. were
beaten again, leaving Jurgen Klinsmann's side anchored at the
bottom of the qualifying table without a point from two matches.
Costa Rica took the lead two minutes before half time when Johan
Venegas rose unchallenged to glance home a Christian Bolanos
The home side gunned for goals after the break and did not have
to try too hard against a team that looked all at sea in an
atrocious second half.
Bolanos scored after 69 minutes when he got on the end of a
lovely curling cross from Bryan Ruiz and five minutes later
substitute Joel Campbell wrapped up the three points with a nice
The Arsenal striker on loan to Sporting Lisbon rubbed salt into
the U.S. wound when he added a fourth three minutes later.
The result leaves Klinsmann's U.S. bottom of the six-team group
alongside Trinidad and Tobago.
Costa Rica, meanwhile, top the so-called Hexagonal, the only
side to win both their opening games.
The top three teams after the 10 home-and-away matches qualify
automatically for Russia 2018, while the fourth-placed side goes
into a play-off with a team from Asia.
Mexico, who drew 0-0 with Panama in a dull match in the isthmus,
have four points, the same as Panama.
In the evening's earlier game, Honduras got their first points
with a comprehensive 3-1 win over Trinidad and Tobago.
Romell Quioto and Emilio Izaguirre put Honduras in the driving
seat with early goals and although Carlyle Mitchell pulled one
back for the visitors after half-time, Eddie Hernandez scored a
third for Honduras with 10 minutes remaining.
(Writing by Andrew Downie)
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