Tim Weah scored his second international goal in the 66th minute after Sergino Dest started the comeback from a deficit in the first minute, and the United States overtook Costa Rica 2-1 Wednesday evening to ease the pressure as World Cup qualifying neared halfway.
Goalkeeper Zack Steffen, one of the new nine starters inserted by trainer Gregg Berhalter after Sunday's 1-0 loss to Panama , resulted in an expensive header that led to Keysher Fuller's goal in 60 seconds, the fastest goal conceded by the States United in23 years old ars.
Dest, another new starter from his trainer putting the 'emphasis on spinning, tied him in the 25th minute when he completed a shot past Keylor Navas.
"I was like , I have to shoot it, "Dest said. “I was so happy. We needed this goal. It was a really important goal. "
Nevas, one of the best goalies in the world, contracted an adductor muscle and was replaced by Leonel Moreiera at the start of the second half.
Weah, a son of the Liberian president and former FIFA Player of the Year George Weah, was not in the original starting lineup but was announced just before the kickoff of Paul Arriola, who injured his right groin. He tied him up when Weston McKennie switched to Dest, who served Weah. His long-range shot bounced off a Moreira plunge.Before and inside the near post.
Weah's only other goal was in a show against Bolivia in May 2018.
The United States have 11 points after six of 14 games, with their three toughest games yet to come - at home against Mexico on November 12 plus games at the 'outside Mexico and Costa Rica.
"Right now we are on the right track," Dest said.
Costa Rica, an elderly team with a starting lineup that averages over 30, has seven points. The Ticos had won their previous three playoffs against the United States, ending a seven-game winning streak at the American World Cup.
In subsequent matches , Canada hosted Panama, Honduras was at home against Jamaica, and El Salvador was at home against Mexico.
A pro-American crowd of 20,165 attended the first $ 300 million international game at Lower.com Field, which opened in July .
Berhalter selected only 18-year-old midfielder Yunus Musah and 21-year-old Weah from Sunday starters.
Chris Richards, a 21-year-old center-back, got his first competitive start as the Americans fielded their youngest roster in a World Cup qualifier in an average of 22 years and 229 days. This reduced the 23 years and 85 days of the 4-1 victory in Honduras on September 8.
Matthew Hoppe and Gianluca Busio entered the second half, joining Steffen and Richards increased the number of qualifying starts in the United States to 25 in this cycle, behind just 1998 (29), and 2006 and 2010 (26 each). Richards was only doing his fourthth international appearance.
Costa Rica has started five players aged 32 and over. Navas made his 99th international appearance and Celso Borges his 144th. Ticos coach Luis Fernando Suarez retained nine starters in Sunday's 2-1 win in El Salvador.
The Ticos scored after Steffen, Ederson's Manchester City substitute, directed the ball down the right flank but over Dest. Bryan Ruiz kept the ball with a back pass to Ronald Matta rita, who dribbled to the side and crossed. Just outside the penalty area, Fuller stole with his right foot and the ball entered on two rebounds inside the far post for his second international goal.
The United States had not conceded so early since Dutchman Ronald de Boer scored on a deflection from Alexi Lalas two minutes after a poor pass from Roy Wegerle which allowed a breakaway in a Dutch 2-0 victory in Miami on February 21, 1998.
Dest ended a streak of first eight mi - consecutive scoreless American time.
Weah transferred the ball to Musah on the right flank, and it passed to Dest. Considering time and space, Dest hit three times while cutting towards the center. Dest looped the ball around Mattarita with a left-footed shot just past Navas' right hand for his second international goal.
The States United came close to allowing another goal when Miles Robinson gave a poor slow back pass to Richards in the 56th minute which was intercepted by Ruiz. Ruiz, 36, barged into Steffen alone but lacks pace at his age, and Robinson managed to catch up and push the ball away.