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SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- Standing on a sideline at Estadio Nacional, where a running track and 20-30 yards separate the field from the stands, Kasey Keller remembered getting hit on the head by a half-eaten hot dog during a World Cup qualifier at nearby Estadio Ricardo Saprissa, where fans were on top of players and the U.S. went 0-7 in World Cup qualifying.Crazy and war were some of the words the retired goalkeeper used.American players were hit with bags of urine, coins and batteries. The result was no different three years ago at the spacious new venue, where Costa Rica scored twice in the first nine minutes of a 3-1 win.Coming off Fridays 2-1 home loss to Mexico in the opening match of the final qualifying round for the 2018 tournament, the Americans are convinced they will end their skid on Tuesday night.History is just that, its history, captain Michael Bradley said Monday. Theres nothing anybody can do to change that, and quite honestly, we dont spend a whole lot of time worrying about it.The U.S. is 0-8-1 in World Cup qualifying at Costa Rica, losing its last eight matches.For the first time in 15 years, all three home teams were defeated on the same day in the hexagonal, as the final qualifying round in the North and Central and Caribbean region is known. In addition to the Americans loss in Columbus, Ohio, Costa Rica won 2-0 at Trinidad and Tobago and Panama won 1-0 at Honduras.You want to make sure that youre not falling behind, so that gives it a little more spice here tomorrow night, U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said during a news conference at the 35,175-capacity stadium, which was paid for by the Chinese government and opened in 2011. We see it in many occasions that once we go a goal down, the dynamic changes and we add another gear to our game. Its maybe in the characteristics just of our program, of our players. Sometimes they need a wakeup call to get it really going.The U.S. struggled for much of the first 30 minutes against Mexico, leaving too much space in a three-center back formation designed around 18-year-old midfield wunderkind Christian Pulisic.It actually allowed us to get for Christian a position there where he can really have more freedom to hurt them. And here and there, he had a couple of runs. He couldnt finish those runs. Maybe the last touch was taken away from him, Klinsmann said. The 3-4-1-2 in a certain way is a system that actually plays to strength of our players that we have, because a Fabian Johnson plays more on a wing or even sometimes in the middle high up. A Timmy Chandler plays as a winger.The U.S. had more success against El Tri after switching to a conventional 4-4-2, and Klinsmann hinted his tactic Friday doesnt mean the next game has to be played that way.Still, a marking mix-up allowed Rafa Marquez to score on an 89th-minute header. Klinsmann blamed defender John Brooks.Hes angry at himself. He said in front of the team, My bad, the coach explained.Obviously we took the time to look at a few things and talk about a few things, Bradley said.The top three nations in the six-team round qualify for the 2018 tournament in Russia, and the No. 4 country meets Asias fifth-place nation in a playoff. After this match, qualifiers dont resume until the U.S. hosts Honduras on March 24.Even the pre-match news conference displayed how road games are different. Klinsmann removed the products of Costa Rican Football Federation sponsors that had been placed on the podium, so as not to have them in photographs with him.Its a very different stadium than Saprissa, but the atmosphere, it doesnt change, said Bradley, who missed the 2013 match after injuring an ankle during warmups. Itd be easy to look at it and say, ah, theres a track and its not as loud or theyre not as into it, but thats not the case.A 2014 World Cup quarterfinalist, Costa Rica is ranked 18th, one slot behind Mexico and six ahead of the U.S. At the Copa America in June, the U.S. beat the Ticos 4-0.I remember the last game we played here. It was definitely loud, said Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who missed the Copa America with a left Achilles tendon injury. When they support us like that, its incredible. We expect that from them, and they expect a lot from us.Game notes American GK Tim Howard will have surgery Thursday to repair a torn adductor muscle in his right leg. Brad Guzan, who replaced Howard in the 40th minute Friday, will start against Costa Rica. ... Ds Matt Besler, Brooks and Chandler and MF Jermaine Jones would be suspended for the Honduras game if they get a yellow card. ... The referee is Mexican Cesar Ramos, who worked the Americans qualifier at Trinidad last year. ... Klinsmann anticipates having a January training camp that will include one or two exhibitions. Including qualifiers and the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the U.S. is likely to play 20-22 games in 2017. Black Ultra Boost Discount . -- When the Florida Panthers fell behind by two goals in the first period to the top team in the NHL, it appeared they were on their way to yet another loss. Cheap Ultra Boost 2018 . PAUL, Minn. http://www.cheapultrabooststore.com/ . Manuel was offered a position the day he was fired. He accepted earlier this week and the team made the announcement Friday. Womens Ultra Boost Sale . -- If this was Aaron Gordons final home game at Arizona, and it almost certainly was, then he went out in style. Wholesale Ultra Boost . They had already blown a double-digit lead, fans were hitting the exits, and a long seven-game road trip waited at the end.PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Not a late band of rain, a soggy course, nor those pesky orange flags could deter Chella Choi. Not with her father on the bag. The 22-year-old South Korean, who has never won on the LPGA Tour, shot a 5-under 67 on Friday to take a one-shot lead over Morgan Pressel after the first round of the rain-delayed LPGA Championship. Brittany Lincicome and Jiyai Shin were tied for third at 69, while Jessica Korda and Se Ri Pak were tied for fifth, another stroke back. Defending champion Shanshan Feng of China had a 2-over 74 as only 14 players broke par in the second major of the year. Playing in the afternoon long after Pressel had shot 68 to gain the early lead, Choi surged up the leaderboard with a flawless performance on the front nine at rain-soaked Locust Hill Country Club. She made five birdies and no bogeys on her opening nine, averting most of the trouble that lurked at every hole of the waterlogged layout by hitting all 14 fairways and reaching 15 greens in regulation. "I had a really good driver today," said Choi, whose 54-year-old father, Ji Yeon, has vowed to serve as her caddie until she gets that first victory. "My goal was to hit the fairways." Playing in light drizzle, Choi reached 6 under with another birdie at the deceptively difficult par-4 10th hole, which yielded only 12 birdies to go with 58 bogeys and seven double bogeys. The first steady rain of the day put a damper on Chois final seven holes, but she remained steady, making her only bogey at the par-4 13th hole and parring out. Chois best finish in four-plus years on the tour is a tie for second in the Manulife tournament in Canada a year ago. She had three top-five finishes last year and held the third-round lead at the Mobile Bay Classic last month before fading on the final day and finishing in a tie for fourth. "I want my first win with my father," she said. More than nine inches of rain had fallen on the course in the previous nine days, half of that coming on Thursday when the opening round was pushed back one day. Casual water remained in various spots around the soggy 6,615-yard layout, and players were permitted to lift, clean and place their golf balls. With the rough waiting to gobble up errant shots, "Portland" John Powell, caddie for Sandra Changkija, had five words of warning after she finished with a 2-over 74 in the morning. "Dont be in the rough," Powell said with a pained smile. A year ago, Pressel tied for 45th at the LPGA Championship, injuring her left wrist in the process when her erratic play often took her game off course. That wrist isnt hurting so much anymore and it showed as she broke 70 for only the second time this year. "The ball was rolling right where I wanted it to," Pressel said. "I made four really good putts on the last four holes. Out here, putting is what wins major championships. I feel good about it." Pressel had seven birdies and three bogeys and hit 10 of 14 fairways, mostly avoiding the high grass that wreaked so much havoc. Marshals occasionally had to use orange flaggs to mark balls that sailed off line because the rough was so deep and balls were difficult to spot.dddddddddddd. "If we didnt have the marshals, you wouldnt find your golf ball," Lincicome said. "Actually, the further you missed the fairway, the better your lie. But if you missed the fairway by a foot or two, it was going all the way down to the bottom and you were going to have to hit some sort of lob wedge to get it back in play." Pressel closed with four straight birdies to vault into the lead. "I didnt put myself in any trouble, which you can certainly find on this golf course," said Pressel, who missed the cut last week for the fifth time this year. "I kept the ball in front of me, but I hit a couple of shots in the rough." At least it was game-on. After Thursdays deluge, everybody was wondering what would transpire since showers were in the forecast. Low-hanging clouds and a light mist greeted the players in the morning and a light drizzle began falling in mid-afternoon, then picked up as Choi made her way around. "I thought that we would probably tee off about noon, having seen photos of what the golf course looked like. It really didnt stop raining all night," said Pressel, who had expected an announcement that the round wouldnt start on time. "They did an incredible job getting the golf course ready. I dont think the greens could be any more perfect. "Theres casual water out there, but thats to be expected with that much rain. We were just happy we were able to get out on the course." There was added pressure with Meg Mallon, captain of the U.S. Solheim Cup team, patrolling the course. The matches against Europe at Colorado Golf Club are in August and for just the second time this season U.S.-born LPGA Tour players will earn double points this week. The top eight U.S. players in the Solheim Cup standings at the conclusion of the Womens British Open will automatically qualify for the team. Two more will qualify based on their position in the Rolex Womens World Golf Rankings, and Mallon will select the final two team members. Lincicome was firmly entrenched in the top five, but Pressel was 15th and in need of a good week. "Im just trying to go out and play my game and not worry so much," Pressel said. The schedule for the weekend called for the second round to be played on Saturday and 36 holes on Sunday. The first round couldnt have ended soon enough for Korda, who was exasperated more than once as she trudged around the course. "I was just trying to hit the green, hit the fairway and get out of there," she said. "Its playing really tough. With the added rain, its mean. Its mean." DIVOTS: Yani Tseng, a two-time winner of the LPGA Championship, aced the par-3 15th hole, her ball landing 3 feet beyond the pin and spinning back into the cup. She finished with an even-par 72. ... Top-ranked Inbee Park also shot 72, while Stacy Lewis, the No. 1 American, struggled to a 74. Karrie Webb, last weeks Shoprite Classic winner, and Michelle Wie each shot 76. China NFL Jerseys Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap Basketball Jerseys Online Stitched Hockey Jerseys Wholesale Baseball Jerseys Football Jerseys Outlet College Jerseys For Sale Cheap MLB Jerseys Wholesale Soccer Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys For Sale Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' '

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