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Tuesday, June 7, 2016
With the critical clash against Costa Rica just hours away, YA's panel of experts peers into the crystal ball and tries to predict Tuesday evening's result.

There is across-the-board optimism that the team will bounce back strongly against old regional foes Costa Rica. Is the YA team stricken with naive overconfidence, doomed to forever hear the dreaded words "I told you so" from the gaggle of naysayers?

Or is a strong - and tournament-saving - turnaround in the cards for tonight's backs-against-the-wall showdown?

Andrew Mintz
Desperately needing a result against CONCACAF foe Costa Rica, the US will need to come out swinging after losing against Colombia in its first Copa América match. The Yanks have lost to the Costa Ricans in their past two meetings, with the US last taking three points off Los Ticos dating back to July of 2013.

American veterans Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley were borderline inept in the first match - a strong performance by these two should propel the US to its first win. The red-hot Bobby Wood and 17 year-old phenom Christian Pulisic should also play a role in hopeful US victory.

Prediction: USA 2 - 1 Costa Rica

Kenya Brown
The US will need to have a much better start than what they had against Colombia. Jurgen Klinsmann will also need to solve the problem in midfield as Michael Bradley looked out of place. He also needs to manage the subs better to allow them more time to get into the rhythm of the game.

The US were fortunate the Paraguay - Costa Rica game ended scoreless, keeping them in the hunt to advance from their group. If they can set the tone of the game early, there is a chance they can pull out the win.

Prediction: USA 2 - 1 Costa Rica

Andy Schreur
I think the US bounces back against Costa Rica on Tuesday night. Costa Rica is missing Real Madrid's Keylor Navas through injury and defender Kendall Waston thanks to his poorly timed red card in the Ticos' scoreless draw with Paraguay.

I predict Klinsmann will keep Guzan and the back four unchanged but do think Nagbe will start on Tuesday. I also wouldn't be surprised to see Kyle Beckerman to start and allow Bradley to go forward more.

Prediction: USA 2 - 1 Costa Rica

David Smith
I'm still undecided as to whether Friday's loss was a dismal flop or a team that was way out of sync and grossly underperformed. I'll remain the optimist - for now - and go with the latter. Klinsmann will also likely agree and go with the conservative route of tinkering with a couple pieces rather than fully restructuring the approach.

Jermaine Jones earns the benching in place of the more obedient (and better Bradley-complement) Kyle Beckerman, and Darlington Nagbe displaces Alejandro Bedoya. The front three stays the same, with Dempsey given more freedom to roam behind Gyasi Zardes and Bobby Wood. The moves pay dividends against a weakened Costa Rica, and the team regroups with a strong win.

Prediction: USA 3 - 1 Costa Rica

Mathew Wagner
It's a do-or-die scenario for the United States, and as the team has already shown this year, it can and should respond, even though it's against a tough Costa Rican squad. Expect to see more of Fabian Johnson going forward from his left back spot and overlapping with whomever starts on the left wing (we can only hope it will be Christian Pulisic), which should help the offense that struggled against Colombia.

Prediction: USA 2 - 0 Costa Rica
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