On a snowy night more suitable to slaloms than soccer, Clint Dempsey scored early in his first start as the American captain and the United States beat Costa Rica 1-0 on Friday in a key qualifier for next year’s World Cup.
A young American defense came apart on a hot, tropical afternoon, and the United States opened the final round of World Cup qualifying with a loss for the first time in 24 years.
Clint Dempsey has been voted the Futbol de Primera U.S. national team player of the year award for the second straight year and third time overall.
Clint Dempsey had a pair of goals and assisted on Carlos Bocanegra’s equalizer, and the United States rallied to beat Guatemala 3-1 Tuesday night and reached next year’s final round of World Cup qualifying.
Marco Pappa scored on a free kick in the 83rd minute, giving Guatemala a 1-1 tie with the United States in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday night.
Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey are on the U.S. national team roster for next week’s exhibition game at Italy and could play together for the first time since Jurgen Klinsmann was hired as coach last summer.
Landon Donovan set up both goals for Everton, which rallied to beat Fulham and Clint Dempsey 2-1 Friday night for a berth in the fifth round of the FA Cup.