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Hexagonal: USA vs. Costa Rica Match Thread [7:00 pm]

The USA takes on Costa Rica in the second match of the World Cup Qualifying Hexagonal.

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

First home game for the USA tonight in this year's Hexagonal and, if the Weather Channel is right, it's going to be a cold, cold night. In some ways, that's the best way for the USMNT to have a home field advantage against Central American sides that are used to playing in hot, humid environments. Will it work for team USA tonight though? We'll see.

Here's all the information you need:

General Information

Watch it on: ESPN, WatchESPN

Kick off: 7:00 pm

Costa Rica: 1 point in the Hex

USA: 0 points in the Hex

Starting Line Ups:

USA: Brad Guzan; DaMarcus Beasley, Clarence Goodson,Omar Gonzalez, Geoff Cameron; Jermaine Jones, Michael Bradley; Herculez Gomez,Clint Dempsey, Graham Zusi; Jozy Altidore

Costa Rica: Keylor Navas; Roy Miller, Giancarlo González, Cristian Gamboa, Michael Umaña; Bryan Oviedo, Michael Barrantes, Ariel Rodríguez, Bryan Ruiz; Cristian Bolaños; Alvaro Saborio

Final Thoughts

A convincing win would put to bed a lot of those media reports on drama in the locker room to rest, and that would be a great thing for the team. At this moment, at this stage of the tournament, the last thing we need is for the team to become enveloped in a media-driven panic over stuff that doesn't even really matter in the long run. We all saw how such drama destroyed the ambitions of the French national team in 2010. They barely scraped through their qualifying round as well. The USMNT needs to put all of that behind them and focus on the long haul this year.