The U.S. National Team is set to take on Costa Rica tomorrow night in both sides' last World Cup Qualifying match. The American team qualified for the Cup with their 3-2 win over Honduras last Saturday and they'll be looking to finish qualification strong with a win over Costa Rica, who currently sit in the group's third and final qualification spot.
Despite having already secured their World Cup berth, I expect the U.S. team to come out and fight tomorrow night at RFK Stadium. I think Head Coach Bob Bradley will want to give the Costa Ricans a run for their money tomorrow night and I think he'll feel compelled to play something that resembles his normal starting 11 at D.C.'s RFK Stadium. Regardless of who Bradley runs out onto the field though, the match certainly won't be lacking in intensity. Costa Rica is only two points ahead of fourth place Honduras (who play at fifth place El Salvador tomorrow night) and three points from this match would ensure their qualification to South Africa.
My prediction for tomorrow night's match (which will air at 7 p.m. on ESPN2) is a 1-1 draw. I think the Costa Ricans will come out with a ton of intensity and net an early goal but I think the U.S. will bounce back on their home turf and score a second half equalizer through Landon Donovan.
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Here's how the contest will work: all you have to do is post in the comments section what minute you think the match's first goal will be scored in and if you are the closest entrant you win. So, be sure to comment below with your prediction
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Comment below with your prediction of what minute the match's first goal will be scored in for a chance to win. Again, closest to the actual time the goal is scored wins. You'll have to email me to claim your prize/work out the logistics of shipping, etc but I'll have more on that once the actual winner is decided. One more thing, should the match end in a scoreless tie there will not be a winner -- rather I'll just hold the contest at a different time.
I'll be back with another post this afternoon so stay tuned for that. Good luck to everyone in the contest -- let's hear your predictions below.