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U.S. defender Matt Besler wrote Monday that he is "extremely disappointed" with a yellow-card decision that left him suspended for Tuesday's World Cup qualifying match against Mexico.
Besler received a yellow card Friday while playing against Costa Rica. Because it is his second yellow card of the World Cup qualifying campaign, he will not be able to play against Mexico.
Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez gave Besler the yellow card after an incident in which Costa Rica winger Joel Campbell walked behind Besler and then fell to the ground in apparent pain.
On Monday, the U.S. national team released a highlight video of the match that revealed that Besler barely made contact with Campbell:
Besler then expressed his feelings on the decision on Twitter:
It's difficult putting into words the feeling, but watching the video confirms what I already knew— Matt Besler (@mbesler) September 9, 2013
I'm extremely disappointed this is the reason I won't get a chance to represent my country in another Mexico match, with a chance to qualify— Matt Besler (@mbesler) September 9, 2013
U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann was critical of Besler's card.
"It kind of just confirmed my fears before the game with the yellow card issue," said Klinsmann, who complained that the Mexican referee could impact the U.S. roster against El Tri.
The United States will also be without striker Jozy Altidore and defender/midfielder Geoff Cameron, both of whom also picked up yellow-card suspensions against Costa Rica.
The U.S. face Mexico at 7:45 p.m. ET Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio (ESPN). The Americans will secure a spot at the 2014 World Cup if they beat Mexico and Panama fail to win in Honduras.
The U.S. are in second place in the final CONCACAF qualifying round, one point behind Costa Rica. The top three teams qualify for the World Cup, and the fourth-place team will face New Zealand in a two-legged play-off for another spot.
Costa Rica can clinch a World Cup berth Tuesday if they win in Jamaica and Mexico fail to beat the U.S.; or if they draw in Jamaica, Mexico lose, and Panama fail to beat Honduras.