S.ixty seconds in, Costa Rica I was celebrating and he United States World Cup The campaign was spiraling out of control.
Sergio Dest other Tim weah, two young Americans who were unaffected by the failure of four years ago, put them back on track.
The shoelaces were untied, Dest unleashed an 18-yard left-foot shot that passed Keylor Navas in the 25th minute. Weah’s shot for the lead goal was deflected from the near post and then by substitute goalkeeper Leonel Moreiera. at 66, and the United States breathed out with a 2-1 victory Wednesday night that eased the pressure as qualifying approached the halfway point.
“We can’t lose again” 20-year-old Dest said. “We needed it a lot”,
Goalie Zack Steffen, one of nine starters inserted after Sunday’s sad 1-0 defeat in Panama, did an expensive head cleaning that led to Keysher Fuller goal 60 seconds at Fastest goal conceded by the United States in 23 years.
Dest ended a streak of eight straight first halves without an American goal after a pass from Yunus Musah on the right flank after Weah he had changed the ball from the opposite side. Dest cut to the center and curved the ball just past Navas’ outstretched right hand toward the top corner.
Navas left at halftime due to a strained adductor muscle
Weah, a 21-year-old son of Liberia’s president and former FIFA Player of the Year George Weah, joined the line-up about five minutes before kick-off after Paul Arriola injured his right groin during warm-ups.
“It was all kind of a rush. I had to warm up, get ready fast,” Weah said.
With Matthew Hoppe on the touchline about to replace Weah, Weston McKennie went on to Dest, that served Weah. His 10-yard shot from an angle hit the post and bounced off a Moreira that dived and entered,
“It so happened that the ball went wide towards Serge, and I saw the run.” Weah said. “I hit him once, and it turned out he got in.”
Weah He was originally credited with a goal, but Moreira traded it for an own goal.
“We will talk to FIFA about that,” the USA coach said. Gregg Berhalter said.
Mexico leads with 14 points after a 2-0 win to The Saviorand the United States is 11 after six of 14 games before their Nov. 12 meeting with El Tri in Cincinnati.
Canada has 10 after a 4-1 win over Panama, which has eight. The top three teams qualify for next year’s World Cup, with the fourth-place team advancing to the playoffs.
Costa Rica (six), Jamaica other The Savior (five each) and Honduras (three) trace.