US Team Ready For Rematch With Costa Rica In Semi-Final

Landon Donovan adapting to transition from the soccer field to TV booth

In Saturday's semifinal outside Dallas, Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey scored the second-half goals, Tim Howard was flawless in net and Michael Bradley orchestrated his squad's finest midfield performance of the competition.

Quietly, quickly and methodically, Bruce Arena has remade the U.S. national team in his image. Kellyn Acosta had a chance of his own when Altidore centered a pass to him in the box, but Acosta's shot was wide.

Clint Dempsey has matched Landon Donovan's U.S. record for international goals, scoring his 57th with a free kick in the second half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal against Costa Rica on Saturday night. Even if it earns a yellow card. As a player, he was one of the most polarizing figures in American soccer history. Missing Joel Campbell, Johan Venegas and Rodney Wallace as the tournament progressed due to injury seemed to seal their fate, that 2017 would not be their year to finally lift the Gold Cup.

"I've been a fan since I was about 10", said the romper-clad Patrick Rosch, also from Oklahoma City.

That is only about 180 miles from Dempsey's hometown of Nacogdoches. "Couldn't have pictured a better scenario".

It paid off in a big way for the Americans.

"He understands where he is in his career", Arena said.

Dempsey set up Jozy Altidore for the go-ahead goal in the 72nd minute before capitalizing on a free kick himself in the 82nd minute to secure the U.S.' berth in the final on July 26. The pair of strikes marked just the third time in the Modern Era (1990-present) that two U.S. defenders scored in the same game.

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Jordan Morris nearly opened the scoring for the USMNT seconds into the match, but his shot bounced off the post. "He's a guy that can still make a difference". He decided against lifting the shot over the wall and targeting the far end.

Just do not tell that to the players. Their 4-1 loss to Germany in the Confederations Cup semi-finals, however, again raised doubts over his ability to manage. "Now the environment I see is a happier environment. I think that helped out". "And when the chicken hat comes out, everybody has fun. And certainly that is what he offers". Jamaica will likely again play highly defensive and try to hit Mexico on the counter with their pace. They haven't always seen eye to eye.

Dempsey's first goal for his country came on May 28, 2005, in a 2-1 friendly defeat to England in Chicago.

Both men played down the incident. You can download the app from the Apple Store or the Google Play Store. "All the games are different".

"I saw the keeper cheating a little bit, and it went in", Dempsey said.

"We wanted him to give a longer speech", goalkeeper Tim Howard said, laughing.

Paul Arriola offered energy and quickness on the wing. Juan Carlos Osorio had considerable success with Mexico early on in his tenure until a 7-0 drubbing at the hands of Chile in the 2016 Copa America quarter-finals immediately threw everything into chaos.

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