U.S. vs. Costa Rica

U.S. looking to cement first spot in the Hex

October 12, 2009
By Jeff Carlisle, ESPNsoccernet
It wasn't that long ago that the United States' upcoming World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica had all the makings of an ulcer-inducing finale. In fact, late in Saturday's match against Honduras, that very scenario seemed destined to play out.

But with the U.S. clinging to a one-goal lead, Honduran striker Carlos Pavon skied his penalty kick over the bar, and a few minutes later the North Americans had clinched their passage to South Africa with a 3-2 win. Now the pressure is off heading ...

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