Kellyn Acosta has played in 19 consecutive matches for the USMNT. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
Here are some interesting notes and tidbits, supplied by U.S. Soccer.
In the 1-0 loss at Panama Sunday, midfielder Kellyn Acosta extended his consecutive games played streak for the U.S. men’s national team to 19 matches dating back to the 6-0 win against El Salvador Dec. 9, 2020.
Acosta’s run of games is the most by a USMNT player since Landon Donovan played 35 straight matches from 2001-2003.
Matt Turner is the only U.S. player to play every minute of World Cup qualifying so far. Against Panama, Turner made his 11th consecutive USMNT appearance, the most by a USA goalkeeper since Brad Guzan played 12 consecutive matches from June 5-October 10, 2015. The record for consecutive matches by a USMNT goalkeeper is held by Tony Meola, who played 15-straight games from Dec. 19, 1990-Sept. 4, 1991.
Turner has a 9-1-2 record in his 12 USMNT appearances, keeping clean sheets in eight matches while conceding only four goals.
Players hail from clubs in 10 different countries: USA (11), Spain (4), England (2), Italy (2), Germany (2), Austria (1), Belgium (1), France (1), Netherlands (1) and Turkey (1).
Seventeen players return from the September World Cup Qualifying camp.
Thirteen players are age 23 and younger: Weston McKennie (23); Tyler Adams, Luca de la Torre and Mark McKenzie (22); Chris Richards and Tim Weah (21); Brenden Aaronson, Sergiño Dest and Matthew Hoppe (20); George Bello and Gianluca Busio (19); Yunus Musah and Ricardo Pepi (18).
Twenty-three players were part one of the USMNT’s championships during the summer: 10 participated in the Nations League and 13 in the Gold Cup, with Kellyn Acosta and Sebastian Lletget on both rosters.
The USA is 18-16-6 all-time against Costa Rica and 18-6-4 at home.
Most recently, the nations squared off following the USMNT’s Concacaf Nations League triumph for a friendly in Sandy, Utah. The USA won 4-0 as forward Brenden Aaronson netted his third career goal.
Aaronson and defender Mark McKenzie made their U.S. debuts vs. Costa Rica on Feb. 1, 2020, a 1-0 victory.
The U.S. is 6-11-2 vs. Costa Rica in World Cup qualifying, including a 6-2-1 record at home.
The USMNT faced Costa Rica in one of its most memorable home matches ever- the Snow Clasico in Commerce City, Colo. on March 22, 2013. Playing during a snowstorm in the Rocky Mountains, Clint Dempsey scored the USA’s lone goal for a 1-0 win.
The USA eliminated Costa Rica from contention to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa with a 2-2 draw in Washington, D.C. in Oct. 2009.