Timothy Weah arrange the winner because the United States got here from behind to defeat Costa Rica 2-1 and reignite their 2022 World Cup qualifying marketing campaign on Wednesday.
Weah, who performs for French champions Lille, was drafted into the US beginning line-up shortly earlier than kick-off after DC United’s Chris Arriola suffered an damage within the warm-up.
The 21-year-old son of Liberian soccer icon George Weah was instrumental within the profitable US purpose, choosing up a move from Barcelona wingback Sergino Dest and rifling a shot in the direction of Costa Rica goalkeeper Leonel Moreira’s near-post.
Weah’s effort cannoned off the woodwork and ricocheted off Moreira and into the web for an personal purpose on 66 minutes.
It accomplished a well-earned comeback for US coach Gregg Berhalter’s younger facet, who recovered after falling behind inside the primary minute from Keysher Fuller earlier than Dest’s 25th-minute equalizer.
The win in Columbus, Ohio, gave the United States 11 factors from six matches, three behind Mexico after El Tri’s 2-Zero victory over El Salvador in San Salvador.
“The team dug in and stuck together and I was really happy with the performance after conceding the first-minute goal,” US captain Tyler Adams stated.
The United States had suffered an upset 1-Zero away defeat to Panama on Sunday, when Berhalter was criticized for making seven adjustments from the workforce that beat Jamaica final week.
Against Costa Rica on Wednesday, Berhalter returned to the nucleus of the workforce that had brushed apart Jamaica, making 10 adjustments, and his workforce appeared a extra threatening and dynamic unit consequently.
The line-up was additionally the youngest ever US workforce to begin a World Cup qualifying match, with a mean age of 22 years and 229 days.
But the Americans got a fright early on when a swift counter-attack by Costa Rica noticed Ronald Matarrita beat Dest down the left flank earlier than crossing to the far put up for Fuller to volley home from inside the world.
The setback galvanized the United States, nevertheless, and so they dominated possession for lengthy durations earlier than drawing stage halfway by way of the half.
Weah broke down the left and performed a deep cross that discovered YunusMusah on the alternative flank. The Valencia midfielder laid off to Dest, who lower in and rifled a left-footed shot into the highest nook previous Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas.
The United States will attempt to construct on the victory after they host Mexico on November 12.
Mexico maintained their lead within the eight-nation last qualifying group with a victory over El Salvador in a bruising encounter that noticed each groups diminished to 10 males within the second half.
Mexico centerback Hector Moreno headed in a nook kick within the 30th minute.
Raul Jimenez sealed the win with a penalty in second-half stoppage time.
Canada moved into third within the standings on 10 factors with a powerful 4-1 victory over Panama in Toronto, a victory keyed by Alphonso Davies’s spectacular 66th-minute strike.
The Bayern Munich star put Canada in entrance when he surged down the suitable flank and acquired management of a ball headed out of bounds.
He eluded defender Fidel Escobar and fired a low shot previous Panamanian goalkeeper Luis Mejia for a 2-1 Canada lead.
Panama had seized the lead within the fifth minute by way of Rolando Blackburn.
The hosts equalized within the 28th when Davies’s nook kick was headed towards the purpose by Tajon Buchanan, deflecting off the physique of Panama’s Michael Murillo who was charged with an own-goal.
Buchanan added a purpose within the 71st minute and Jonathan David capped the scoring within the 78th.
Jamaica notched their first victory of the marketing campaign — a 2-Zero victory over Honduras in San Pedro Sula.