Michael Bradley, the United States' star central midfielder and arguably their best player, went down in warmups. His replacement was Geoff Cameron, who is not a full-time central midfielder. This resulted in multiple giveaways early for the United States, which eventually led to a Costa Rica corner and go-ahead goal for the Ticos.
Johnny Acosta was the scorer, nodding in a brilliant header. He was poorly marked and DaMarcus Beasley could have done a lot more to clear it off the line, but the blame for the goal probably lies more on the unsettled midfield who put the U.S. under early pressure.
And then it got worse. Celso Borges made it 2-0 just eight minutes later with another brilliant header, this one coming from open play.
The United States looked incredibly unsettled before the first goal, looked worse after going down and now look even worse than that down 2-0. Welcome to San Jose, Jurgen Klinsmann.