USA 0-1 Costa Rica: Joel Campbell nets winner as pressure continues to build on Jurgen Klinsmann

  • Arsenal forward Joel Campbell nets for Costa Rica in 70th minute
  • Costa Rica secure win against USA at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey
  • Jurgen Klinsmann to come under more pressure after friendly defeat
  • Tim Howard made his first appearance since World Cup for USA 

By Ronald Blum, Ap

Published: 20:05 EST, 13 October 2015 | Updated: 20:13 EST, 13 October 2015

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Joel Campbell scored a 70th-minute winner as Costa Rica beat a disappointing USA side in New Jersey on Tuesday.

Tim Howard, making his first appearance in goal for the US in 15 months, was unable to prevent the Arsenal forward from netting at the Red Bull Arena.

The result puts Jurgen Klinsmann under real pressure three days after the USA boss saw his side lose 3-2 to Mexico in the play-off for the region's Confederations Cup berth.

Joel Campbell sucks a pacifier in celebration after scoring in the 70th minute for Costa Rica

Campbell celebrates with a team-mate after striking the winner in their friendly against the USA

Campbell celebrates with a team-mate after striking the winner in their friendly against the USA

MATCH FACTS 

USA: Howard, Evans, Cameron (Alvarado 46'), Orozco, Ream (Spector 3'), Yedlin, Williams, Jones (Diskerud 46'), Shea (Nguyen 72'), Zardes (Wooten 72'), Altidore (Wood 46')

Subs not used: Guzan, Bedoya, Hamid

Booked: Jones, Yedlin, Evans, Williams, Wood

Costa Rica: Navas, Gamboa (Myrie 68'), Acosta, Duarte (Calvo 87'), Watson, Oviedo (Matarrita 54'), Guzman, Borges (Granados 90+2), Campbell, Urena Porras, Venegas (Colindres 75')

Subs not used: Pemberton, Aguiar, Valle, Vega, Alvarado, Castillo

Booked: Acosta, Watson

Goals: Campbell 70'

The USA created few goalscoring chances in the latest of a string of dismal performances this year, which have led to criticism of Klinsmann.

The German also attracted scrutiny for sending home defender Fabian Johnson for asking to be substituted late in Saturday's defeat.

USA finished fourth at this year's CONCACAF Gold Cup, their poorest performance since 2000, and are a team in transition as they head into the start of World Cup qualifying.

Everton goalkeeper Howard took a one-year sabbatical from the national team after making 15 saves in the 2-1 round-of-16 loss to Belgium at last year's World Cup. 

When Howard returned last month, Klinsmann installed him as his No 2 behind Brad Guzan.

Howard sat on the bench for a pair of September exhibitions and for Saturday's extra-time defeat at the Rose Bowl, but was back in action on Tuesday night. 

However, he could do nothing to prevent his side's defeat.

Costa Rica defender Oscar Duarte (centre) jumps highest to head the ball away for his side

Costa Rica defender Oscar Duarte (centre) jumps highest to head the ball away for his side

USA midfielder Danny Williams (centre) takes it past his Costa Rican counterpart David Guzman (left)

USA midfielder Danny Williams (centre) takes it past his Costa Rican counterpart David Guzman (left)

USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann all smiles on the touchline at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey

USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann all smiles on the touchline at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey

Before a crowd of just 9,214 in almost two-thirds empty Red Bulls Arena, the Americans struggled defensively after second-half substitutions.

Jonathan Spector turned the ball over, leading to the goal. Dave Myrie, who had just entered, crossed for Campbell, and the forward beat Danny Williams into space and sent a 12-yard, left-footed shot just past Howard's outstretched right arm into the far corner of the goal. 

Campbell, who has struggled for playing time at Arsenal, scored his 11th international goal but first since Costa Rica played Uruguay in last year's World Cup. 

US midfielder Jermaine Jones (left) vies for the ball with Costa Rica's midfielder Celso Borges

US midfielder Jermaine Jones (left) vies for the ball with Costa Rica's midfielder Celso Borges

USA striker Jozy Altidore (left) vies for the ball in the air with Costa Rica's Kendall Watson

USA striker Jozy Altidore (left) vies for the ball in the air with Costa Rica's Kendall Watson

USA fans enjoy the action at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey as their side took on Costa Rica

USA fans enjoy the action at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey as their side took on Costa Rica

USA goalkeeper Tim Howard (right) clears his lines with a punch away through a mass of defenders

USA goalkeeper Tim Howard (right) clears his lines with a punch away through a mass of defenders

 

 

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