Lletget's late goal, assist get U.S. past Costa Rica
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Sebastian Lletget scored in the 80th minute and set up Paul Arriola eight minutes later to give the U.S. Men's National Team a 2-0 victory over Costa Rica in a friendly at Avaya Stadium in San Jose Calif., on Saturday.
Lletget, a San Francisco native who plays for the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer, headed in a cross from Jonathan Lewis (New York City FC) for his second U.S. goal.
Arriola got his third U.S. goal on a play started on a goal kick by Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew). Christian Ramirez (Los Angeles FC) headed the ball to Lletget, who sent Arriola on for a chip shot.
The match was the second for U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter, who was hired in December from the Crew. The. U.S. beat Panama 3-0 on Sunday at Glendale, Ariz.
Berhalter made two changes from that match when five starters made their international debuts. Against Costa Rica, midfielder Wil Trapp, Berhalter's captain in Columbus, took the spot of Michael Bradley, and Arriola took the spot of Jeremy Ebobisse.
The average age of the starting lineup was 24 years, 268 days, with 9.7 caps. There were no European-based players on the U.S. roster for two friendlies.
Costa Rica was young as well for Gustavo Manolas in his debut as coach. He fielded a starting squad with five players making their first appearances for their country.
The U.S. nearly broke through in the 54th minute when defender Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes) sent a shot off the left post from 15 yards on the right side of the box.
It was the same frame that foiled the U.S. in the 68th minute when midfielder Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders) whipped a left-footed strike from 20 yards.