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The After Bar: USMNT 1 – Costa Rica 0 (Gold Cup)

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The weather, the setting, and the cast was different, but the result was the same as the United States men's national team beat Costa Rica 1-0 in Hartford, Conn on a late Brek Shea goal. 

A fantastic save from Sean Johnson led to a counter-attack break away by Landon Donovan on the right. He lofted the ball to Shea in stride down the center of the field and the Stoke City man collected the ball and fired the U.S. into the lead. It was Shea first international goal. 

The USMNT will face El Salvador in the quarterfinals of the Gold Cup on Sunday at 5pm ET. 


Analysis from some of American soccer's best writers:
Brian Straus (Sports Illustrated) – “Three thoughts on the U.S.' late win over Costa Rica”

Steve Davis (NBC ProSoccerTalk) – “What we learned from the United States Gold Cup win over Costa Rica”

Player Ratings:

Jeff Carlisle (ESPNFC)

Jon Arnold (Americsn Soccer Now)

Brian Sciaretta (New York Times)

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