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U.S. Men vs. Costa Rica

MNT vs. CRC

Castrol Index: MNT Fall to Ticos 3-1 at Estadio Nacional

The U.S. Men's National Team faced one of its toughest tests of qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup on Friday night in Costa Rica. Jurgen Klinsmann's men were attempting to take three points home from Costa Rica for the first time in history but ultimately fell to the hosts 3-1.

In his 100th cap for the U.S. Men's National Team Clint Dempsey took the highest Index score with a rating of 681. Dempsey capitalized from the penalty spot in the 43rd minute to bring the U.S. within one, after they had gone behind to two early goals from the hosts. Graham Zusi surprised the Costa Rica defense with a quick free kick and hooked up with Fabian Johnson who was able to slip past the backline. Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas was shown a yellow card after his aggressive challenge on Johnson in the box and Dempsey converted the penalty kick. The U.S. captain remains in second place in the aggregate index score with a rating of 4,801, trailing only Omar Gonzalez at 5,110.

In his first World Cup Qualifying appearance in nearly 12 months, Landon Donovan earned the second highest score at 635. Donovan stymied the Costa Rican midfield on the defensive side, winning the ball on eight occasions to slow down Costa Rica's attack.

Gonzalez led the defense with an index of 473 and maintains his place at the top of the index. Gonzalez also leads the team in minutes played with 630, the only player to play every single minute of Hexagonal play. Gonzalez has reached his top score by averaging an index rating of 730 per 90 minutes played. Not too far behind in that category is fellow centerback Matt Besler who has a per-90 minute average score of 726 in his 450 minutes on the field.

Besler was shown a yellow card in Friday's game and, along with Geoff Cameron and Jozy Altidore who were similarly booked in San Jose, will miss Tuesday night's clash in Columbus due to yellow card accumulation.

This was the MNT's lowest rated match as a team with an average score of just 349. In the last World Cup Qualifier the U.S. Men averaged a score of 644 per player in the 1-0 win against Honduras.

Castrol Index
Rank Player Name Position Minutes Played Index
1 Clint Dempsey Midfielder 89 681
2 Landon Donovan Forward 90 635
3 Jermaine Jones Midfielder 90 523
4 Omar González Defender 90 473
5 DaMarcus Beasley Midfielder 90 415
6 Tim Howard Goalkeeper 90 399
7 Michael Orozco Defender 90 366
8 Geoff Cameron Defender 90 349
9 Matt Besler Defender 90 339
10 Fabian Johnson Defender 70 307
11 Graham Zusi Midfielder 58 159
12 Jozy Altidore Forward 20 129
13 Eddie Johnson Forward 32 116
14 Aron Johannsson Forward 1 0
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