The U.S., led by nine MLS players on the current roster, will face a spirited Costa Rican side that has been powered by MLS stars in the early stages of hexagonal play.
Toronto FC forward Jozy Altidore contributed an assist in the loss to Mexico and will look to continue his tremendous form for club and country with the 27-year-old registering a combined 16 goals and seven assists in his last 22 matches across all competitions. Colorado Rapids midfielder Jermaine Jones, meanwhile, played a full 90 minutes for the U.S. against Mexico, a positive sign for his postseason prospects after a lengthy layoff due to injury. If the United States is to improve upon its 0-8-1 record in World Cup Qualifiers in Costa Rica, the burden may fall on one of these playmakers to make the difference against a familiar Los Ticos squad on Tuesday.
MLS Players Called Up to U.S. Men’s National Team:
Goalkeepers (1): Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids) – left U.S. team due to injury
Defenders (2): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United)
Midfielders (5): Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Jermaine Jones (Colorado Rapids), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Forwards (2): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Alan Gordon (LA Galaxy) – replaced injured Jordan Morris