Costa Rica beats US 3-1 in World Cup qualifying

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica - Johnny Acosta and Celso Borges scored as Costa Rica burst ahead in the first 9 minutes, and Joel Campbell added a goal on a late counterattack as the Ticos beat the visiting United States 3-1 in a World Cup qualifier Friday night at San Jose.

Clint Dempsey, making his 100th international appearance, converted a penalty kick in the 43rd minute and nearly tied the score with a 20-yard shot off a post in the 60th minute.

 

Costa Rica (4-1-2), avenging a March loss to the U.S. in a Colorado snow storm, ended the Americans' team-record 12-game winning streak.

The U.S. beat Costa Rica 1-0 in a snowstorm last March in Commerce City, Colo.