Tim Weah fired a shot that stunned the producer in the 66th minute after Sergino Dest had bounced back from the first minute of the first half, and the United States beat Costa Rica 2-1 on Wednesday night to reduce pressure as the World Cup draw drew to a close.
Goalkeeper Zack Steffen, one of the first nine set by Gregg Berhalter’s coaches following Sunday’s 1-0 loss to Panama, issued a high-scoring shot that secured Keysher Fuller’s 60-second goal, the fastest goal the U.S. admitted 23 years.
Dest, the new coaching staff confirming the rotation, tied the 25e minute when he curled up Keylor Navas.
“I was like, I have to shoot,” said Dest. “I was so happy. We needed that goal. It was a very important goal.”
Navas, one of the world’s leading goal scorers, strained the adductor muscle and was replaced by Leonel Moreiera early in the second half.
Weah, the son of the President of Liberia and former FIFA Player of the Year player George Weah, was not in the lead but was announced shortly before the start of Paul Arriola’s injury. It was built when Weston McKennie went to Dest, who moved to Weah. His 10-yard shot from the side jumped under Moreira and inside the post.
At first Weah was known to have a goal, but Moreira changed his goal.
The United States has 11 points after six of the 14 games, with three of the toughest games still to come – home against Mexico on November 12 plus matches against Mexico and Costa Rica.
“Right now we’re on the right track,” Dest said.
Costa Rica, the senior team with the first line in over 30 years, has seven points. The Ticos won their last three games against the US, which helped them finish seven consecutive World Cup matches.
In future games, Canada hosted Panama, Honduras was at home against Jamaica, and El Salvador was home against Mexico.
A total of 20,165 Americans attended the first global game for $ 300 million including Lower.com Field, which opened in July.
Berhalter has just retained 18-year-old midfielders Yunus Musah and 21-year-old Weah since his debut on Sunday.
Chris Richards, a 21-year-old defender, was given the first race as the Americans played their junior line-up at the World Cup in 22, 229 days. That cut 23 years, 85 days from a 4-1 win in Honduras on September 8.
Matthew Hoppe and Gianluca Busio entered the second round, teaming up with Steffen and Richards to develop relevant responses in the US to 25 during this period, following 1998 (29), and 2006 and 2010 (26 each). Richards was making its fourth appearance worldwide.
Costa Rica started with 32 players and beyond. Navas played 99 of his world appearances and Celso Borges is 144. Ticos boss Luis Fernando Suárez has retained nine players since Saturday’s 2-1 win over El Salvador.
The Ticos hit after Steffen, Ederson’s return to Manchester City, leading the ball to the right but to Dest. Bryan Ruiz saved the ball and passed behind Ronald Mattarita, who just walked sideways and crossed. Outside the 6-yard box, Fuller filled his right foot, and the ball bounced into two bounces inside the post to achieve his second international goal.
The US did not accept this for the first time when Ronald de Boer of the Netherlands pulled out of Alexi Lalas’ game two minutes later after a foul on Roy Wegerle who was disqualified in a 2-0 win over Dutch in Miami on February 21, 1998.
Dest ended the eight-legged straight line with no American goal.
Weah switched the ball to Musah on the right, and passed to Dest. Since time and space, Dest touched three times when he cut in half. Dest twisted the ball around Mattarita with a left-footed shot past Navas’ right-hand for his second international goal.
The United States almost conceded another goal when Miles Robinson made the crossing, soon to return to the Richards in the 56th minute that Ruiz scored. Ruiz, 36, broke his own on Steffen but did not run at his height, and Robinson was able to catch and clear the ball.