Cloudy
48°
Cloudy
Hi 55° | Lo 38°

Shea’s late goal lifts U.S. past Costa Rica, 1-0

  • United States' DaMarcus Beasley, left, and Costa Rica's Carlos Johnson fight for a loose ball during the first half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match Tuesday, July 16, 2013, in East Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

    United States' DaMarcus Beasley, left, and Costa Rica's Carlos Johnson fight for a loose ball during the first half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match Tuesday, July 16, 2013, in East Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

  • United States' Mix Diskerud, right, and Costa Rica's Celso Borges compete for control of the ball during the first half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match Tuesday, July 16, 2013, in East Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

    United States' Mix Diskerud, right, and Costa Rica's Celso Borges compete for control of the ball during the first half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match Tuesday, July 16, 2013, in East Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

  • United States' Michael Parkhurst, left, and Costa Rica's Kenny Cunningham watch the ball during the first half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match Tuesday, July 16, 2013, in East Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

    United States' Michael Parkhurst, left, and Costa Rica's Kenny Cunningham watch the ball during the first half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match Tuesday, July 16, 2013, in East Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

  • United States' Jose Torres falls after challenging Costa Rica's Kenny Cunningham during the first half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match Tuesday, July 16, 2013, in East Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

    United States' Jose Torres falls after challenging Costa Rica's Kenny Cunningham during the first half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match Tuesday, July 16, 2013, in East Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

  • United States' DaMarcus Beasley, left, and Costa Rica's Carlos Johnson fight for a loose ball during the first half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match Tuesday, July 16, 2013, in East Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)
  • United States' Mix Diskerud, right, and Costa Rica's Celso Borges compete for control of the ball during the first half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match Tuesday, July 16, 2013, in East Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)
  • United States' Michael Parkhurst, left, and Costa Rica's Kenny Cunningham watch the ball during the first half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match Tuesday, July 16, 2013, in East Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)
  • United States' Jose Torres falls after challenging Costa Rica's Kenny Cunningham during the first half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match Tuesday, July 16, 2013, in East Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. – Brek Shea scored his first international goal off a feed from Landon Donovan in the 82nd minute last night to give the United States a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica and the top spot in its Gold Cup group.

Seconds after Sean Johnson made a brilliant save off a corner kick, Joe Corona cleared the ball, setting up the winning sequence. The veteran Donovan, trying to work his way back into a starring role on the national team after a self-imposed hiatus, took the ball on the right side. He quickly spotted Shea, who came on just five minutes earlier, streaking down the middle.

Donovan’s pass hit Shea in stride, and the Stoke City player sent a left-footed shot from 15 yards off goalkeeper Patrick Pemberton for the winner, the Americans’ eighth straight, a team record.

They will play El Salvador on Sunday in Baltimore, while Costa Rica meets Honduras.

Legacy Comments0
There are no comments yet. Be the first!
Post a Comment

You must be registered to comment on stories. Click here to register.