KENYA BROWN - Monday, June 1, 2015
The United States Under-23 national team suffered their second defeat at the 2015 Toulon Tournament as they fell 2-1 to CONCACAF rivals Costa Rica.
The Americans would once again find themselves surrendering the first goal as Ronald Matarrita put the Ticos ahead in the 23rd minute. A free kick outside the box gave him the opportunity to shoot a curler to left side of the goal and past a helpless Charlie Horton.
The U.S. evened the score seven minutes later with Fatai Alashe putting the ball in the back of the net. Julian Green sent in a pass to Jordan Morris who got the ball past Costa Rican goalkeeper Carlos Martinez. Unluckily, the ball hit the post, but Alashe was there to collect the rebound and put it in.
It appeared the U.S. had settled down entering the second half, but tragedy would strike in the 54th minute when a miscue off a goal kick allowed Costa Rica to launch a counterattack. David Ramirez would collect the ball after a throw-in, get past the U.S. defense and get a shot past Horton to give his team a 2-1 lead.
The U.S. would fight hard to find the equalizer, but were not able to do so.
The team now sits in fourth place in Group A on three points behind Costa Rica, France and the Netherlands. They still have a shot at qualifying for the semifinals of the tournament, but will need help from France which still has two games left.
The U.S. will next face Qatar on Tuesday.