CONCACAF: US, Costa Rica draw 0-0

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:51 IST

The United States drew 0-0 with Costa Rica at Foxboro in Massachusetts on Tuesday to win Group B at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

CONCACAF: US, Costa Rica draw 0-0

Foxboro, Massachusetts:

The United States drew 0-0 with Costa Rica at Foxboro in Massachusetts on Tuesday to win Group B at the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The Americans and Costa Ricans finished with level with seven points, but the USA team topped the group after scoring six goals and conceding just one. The Americans will play again at Gillette Stadium on Saturday against a third-placed team to be determined after the conclusion of the group stage. Both the United States and Costa Rica had already qualified for the quarter-finals of CONCACAF Gold Cup when they met at the Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. Tuesday's game was far different from the last meeting between the teams. The USA won a World Cup qualifier at Salt Lake City 3-0 last month. Costa Rica had chances early in the first half. Oscar Rojas shot from outside the penalty area, but his effort went wide.Goalkeeper Kasey Keller needed to be alert when he was tested, but the Costa Ricans were unable beat him. Clint Dempsey had two shots caught by Costa Rican goalkeeper Jose Francisco Porras late in the first half. The USA lost Frankie Hejduk for the quarter-finals when he was shown a yellow card in the 87th minute for taking a dive. The Columbus Crew defender also was booked in the first match, against Cuba. There was a similar incident at the other end when Christian Bolanos went down after minimal contact with Jimmy Conrad and he too received a caution from referee Armando Archundia. The Americans' last chance was probably their best. A shot by Josh Wolff in the 90th minute was well stopped by a diving Porras. (AP)



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