Pick 'Em: MLSsoccer.com editors predict #USAvCRC

Each week during the MLS season, the MLSsoccer.com editors share their picks ahead of league matches. This time, they take a crack at Friday's World Cup qualifier between the United States and Costa Rica at Dick's Sporting Goods Park (10 pm ET, ESPN and Unimas, Live chat on MLSsoccer.com).

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Editor Score Comments

Greg Lalas


Nothing brings Americans together like criticism. So, either because of Klinsmann or in spite of him, they'll circle the wagons, "put on the war paint" (as Frankie Hejduk put it), and pull it out.

Jason Saghini
Director of Video


With all the pressure building on the US team, I foresee some nervy moments. But in the end, the US will show off their attacking depth, getting a game-winner from a substitute after the 75th minute.

Jonah Freedman
Managing Editor


Maybe it's just the optimist in me, but I believe the whole controversy will bring this team closer together. That will translate to better communication on the pitch. And come on, this is a home game, for Ticos' sake!

Nick Firchau
Senior Editor


The Ticos will find a way through that makeshift backline, but Jozy Altidore and Graham Zusi find the back of the net for the US.

Matt Doyle
Armchair Analyst



With the US backline a mess, there's no way this Costa Rica team is getting shut out. And the good news for the Yanks is that the reverse is also true.

Simon Borg
Senior Editor


Despite the dark cloud hovering over the US team heading into DSG Park, Costa Rica are just too poor a team despite what the Ticos' opening match may suggest. They don't like physical play, they defend poorly and they play slow. This will look easy for the USMNT.

Andrew Wiebe


A convincing win on home soil would go a long way toward dousing the firestorm that currently surrounds the US. They'll get it against a Costa Rica side with a healthy MLS influence but which won't be able to cope with Jozy Altidore up top and Omar Gonzalez and Geoff Cameron on set pieces.

Editor, FutbolMLS.com


The pressure is on the US to get a win tonight. If the three points don’t stay at home, the momentum going forward would make it difficult to qualify, since the next two games are away vs Mexico and Jamaica. One/none points in four games could be a possibility. … Let’s hope not!



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