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How the U.S. kept its Copa hopes alive

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 By Tom Marshall

'Chicharito' makes history as Mexico goes top of Hex with Costa Rica victory

'Chicharito' Hernandez equaled Jared Borgetti's goal record, but where does he stack up among the Mexico greats?

MEXICO CITY -- Three thoughts from an historic night for Mexican football, as Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez levels Jared Borgetti's Mexico scoring record in El Tri's 2-0 victory over Costa Rica. The win moves Mexico into first place in the Hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.

1. Hernandez's historic night

Hernandez hadn't scored a goal for the Mexico national team in nine months, but Friday was was the perfect opportunity. Borgetti struck 46 times for El Tri in 89 appearances,...

Defensive lapses doom U.S. in Costa Rica as Klinsmann's future left in doubt

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- The United States responded to last week's loss to Mexico by imploding against Costa Rica in Friday's World Cup qualifier at Estadio Nacional, getting dismantled 4-0 by the Ticos on goals by Johan Venegas, Christian Bolanos and Joel Campbell's second-half brace. Here are three quick thoughts on the match.

1. Costa Rica thumps U.S. at home yet again

After Friday's defeat to El Tri in Columbus, Ohio -- Mexico's first win in qualifying in the U.S. in more than four decades...

Smarting United States must start well against Costa Rica

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- When the United States last played in Costa Rica just over three years ago, the match was over almost before it began.

Michael Bradley, the Americans' beating heart in central midfield then and now, turned his ankle in the warm-up and had to be helped off the soggy Estadio Nacional field. Goals by Johnny Acosta and Celso Borges left the reeling Americans down 2-0 less than 10 minutes in. And when the final whistle blew a little less than two hours later, the visitors had...

Pulisic can provide U.S. X-Factor in World Cup qualifying Hexagonal

Jurgen Klinsmann has hailed Christian Pulisic's impact with the United States.

World Cup qualifying began in CONCACAF 17 months ago when the U.S. Virgin Islands defeated Barbados 1-0. Four rounds and 81 games later, 29 teams have been eliminated, leaving six countries to contest the final round.

The format of the Hexagonal is forgiving to say the least. (Find the full Hex schedule here.) The top three finishers qualify automatically for Russia 2018 while the fourth-place team will take on the fifth-place side from the Asia Football Confederation in a playoff to help fill...

 By Tom Marshall

Colombia pay for changes in shocking loss to Costa Rica

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Colombia's grip on first place in Group A slipped right through its fingers in a 3-2 loss to Costa Rica.

HOUSTON -- Costa Rica defeated Colombia 3-2 on Saturday evening in the final game in Group A of the Copa America Centenario. The surprise result means the United States topped the group after it defeated Paraguay 1-0 earlier on Saturday.

Here are three takes from one of the best games of the Copa America Centenario so far:

1. Pekerman pays for making wholesale changes

The run of five consecutive wins for the Colombia national team came to a halt Saturday, as coach Jose Nestor Pekerman wrung...

U.S. keep their Copa hopes alive vs. Costa Rica: Here's how they did it

The United States scored three goals in the first half against Costa Rica and didn't look back, winning 4-0 in front of nearly 40,000 fans at Soldier Field in Chicago on Tuesday. It was the first U.S. win in Copa América play since a 3-0 decision on July 14, 1995, against Argentina.

After Friday's 2-0 loss against Colombia, the United States' chance to advance out of Group A dropped from 57.5 percent chance to a 38 percent chance, according to ESPN's Soccer Power Index. But Tuesday's win nudged...