USMNT finds their form in Chicago once again in Copa America victory

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The USMNT celebrates a 4-0 win over Costa Rica in their second game in the Copa America Tournament at Soldier Field on June 7th.

CHICAGO  – Nothing like a trip to the “City of Broad Shoulders” to help a team puff out their chest a little bit more after a humbling defeat.

But when the Stars and Stripes hit the pitch in Chicago, typically good things happen.

In their last seven appearances at Soldier Field, the United States Men’s National Soccer Team won five of the matches, tied another and lost just one. The last time they were in Chicago was July 28, 2013 and that was when they won the Gold Cup Final over Panama.

That kind of success was welcome new for the team that lost their Copa America opener on Friday to Columbia 2-0, quickly putting the host team on the ropes for advancing to the next round of the tournament.

Fortunately for Jurgen Klinsmann, who for some is on the hot seat as the team’s manager, the US was able to find themselves at home in the Windy City.

In their 14th appearance in Chicago for either a tournament or a friendly, the USMNT score three goals in the first half to give themselves a comfortable lead then added another tally to finish off a  4-0 win over Costa Rica on Tuesday night. It’s the team’s sixth victory in as many tries at Soldier Field dating back to 2007.

With a loss already in Group A, the United States needed this victory to stay alive for a berth in quarterfinal play. They can clinch a spot in the next round with a win or draw over Paraguay Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

Getting that opportunity wasn’t in much doubt for long in front of just under 40,000 people on a sunny and slightly chilly evening at Soldier Field. Clint Dempsey nailed a penalty kick in the 8th minute for his 50th goal with the national team to make it 1-0.

Jermaine Jones got a pass from Dempsey in the 37th minutes and kicked it across the field for the goal to make it 2-0. Bobby Wood’s spin move near the top of the box allowed him to tuck a shot into the left corner of the net for another tally five minutes later to make it 2-0.

Brad Gozan, a native of Evergreen Park, didn’t yield a goal for the US on the evening and faced few shots thanks to a strong defense. Graham Zusi finished off the successful night with a goal in the 88th minute to seal a four-goal United States win, one in which they easily found their grove in a traditionally lucky place.

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