Columbus, Ohio: US coach Gregg Berhalter has changed the lineup to include goalkeeper Zack Steffen in nine changes against Costa Rica in the World Cup qualifying Wednesday night.
21-year-old central defender Chris Richards was given his first competitive start when the Americans fought the youngest lineup in World Cup qualifying on average 22 years and 229 days. It broke the previous mark of 23 years for 85 days set in the game on September 8th in Honduras and won 4-1.
Midfielder Yunus Musah and winger Paul Arriola were the only holdovers from the lineup that suffered a 1-0 defeat in Panama on Sunday.
Barholter has inserted a new back 4 of Sergiño Dest, Chris Richards and Miles Robinson on the right back into the central defense and Antonee Robinson on the left back.
Tyler Adams was the team captain in the defensive midfield, and Weston McKennie was active in the advanced midfield with Musa. Brenden Aaronson and Ariola were on the wings, and Ricardo Peppy spearheaded the attack.
Stephen took over the goal from Matt Turner in New England, who started the first four qualifying rounds. Ederson’s back-up in Manchester City, Stephen was playing for Columbus’ Major League Soccer team at an old crew stadium.
Steffen and Richards increased their US qualifying debut to 23 in five games, following 1998 (29), 2006 and 2010 (26 each). Richards was just making his fourth international appearance.
Goalkeeper Shawn Johnson, defender Shaquell Moore and midfielder Sebastian Lletget were undressed.
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Steffen’s goal when the US changes Costa Rica with 9 out of 11 starters
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