Originally Answered: So, the US lost.?
My analysis on this would be:
First of all, the U.S. were completely overpowered, which wasn't that surprising, but yet, it still was, because I think without a doubt, the U.S. is the most solid team in the area, but as a visitor, it's just like Mexico we don't see what we see at home. I don't get how people think that U.S. came out looking offensive, not a single bit, did U.S. come out looking offensive, a clear 4-3-3, the only offense in the whole game from the start was going to be Donovan, Altidore, and Dempsey, maybe on a few occasions, Torres, but out of 11, 3 1/2 players were offensive, with Torres being somewhat offensive at times, and then back to being defensive, the rest was going to act as a defensive midfield and the defense, which made a clear statement, "We're coming for a tie!", and as we all know, that's never a good thing to do as a visitor. If you look at what the key to Costa Rica beating U.S. is, the key, in my opinion, was that Costa Rica played U.S. on the ground, which will kill U.S. most of the times, U.S. is not a very good team when the other team plays them on the ground, sure the U.S. is very good considering all those 6 foot players, but on the ground is a completely different game. How many crosses from Costa Rica did you see? I didn't see much, most of the game was being controlled on the ground by Costa Rica, which is what killed the U.S. Anyways, on to the game last night, I think Costa Rica was superior in every single line of the field.
Howard was not as solid as he was in almost any other night, he looked very nervous during the game. Beasley as an experiment, like you said, Beasley has barely seen any minutes at Rangers, and then try him out for an experiment? Come on. Wynne, he might be a good player in the MLS, but he's still got more to go. He ain't ready yet, they can't just throw a young player like Wynne with no experience into a hostile environment like Estadio Saprissa with all that hostility, some players will respond to you, some players won't, Wynne was one of those that didn't respond well to Bradley, which shows he ain't quite ready for these type of games. Onyewu and Bocanegra looked very lost also, both very slow, very nervous, like I said, when they play these 2 defenders on the ground, the other team will get past them, they aren't as good on the ground as in the air, although I think without a doubt, Bocanegra looked better than Onyewu last night.
In the midfield, Bradley and Mastroeni were completely held well. Costa Rica didn't give them an opportunity at all, which didn't help the U.S. out, which in my opinion, Bradley is the best U.S. player, most of the game comes through Michael Bradley, if you look to it, most of the plays come through him, but Costa Rica held him well. Personally, I can see why Bob Bradley trust him so much, excluding the fact that Michael is his son, about 80% of the U.S. game comes in through Michael Bradley, and if he's shut down, the team shuts down, unless something from someone else creates danger. Torres, I think it was a mistake to take him out, if anyone was creating anything interesting in the midfield last night, it was F. Torres, I think his substitution was too premature. He had some good plays, some interesting passes, I think this was Bradley Sr.'s mistake last night.
As for Forwards, well all three of them were off last night, none of them really created anything, I think Dempsey is just not the same as with Fulham, in Fulham, he's a very good player, but he comes to the National Team, and he's completely somebody else. Landon is the player who stands out a lot, he's the most dangerous most of the times, but last night, he also disappeared. Altidore was also off, nothing coming from him, besides a few runs.
This is how I saw the game last night. Bad game overall, but it wasn't for anything but being that Costa Rica dominated the U.S. team, it wasn't the field, it wasn't the crowd, if was just that Costa Rica was more than the U.S. That's my opinion on last night's game. Peace.