Jozy Altidore

After loss to Mexico, US heads to Costa Rica

The United States is in danger of becoming the fourth team to start 0-2 in the final round of CONCACAF's World Cup qualifying since the hexagonal format was adopted ahead of the 1998 tournament.

The Americans traveled to Central America on Sunday, two days after a 2-1 loss to Mexico in Columbus, Ohio — the Americans' first home loss in qualifying since 2001. They are 0-8-1 in qualifiers at Costa Rica — losing their last eight in a row.

"It's just part of the qualifying process, the whole kind of long road obviously over 10 games," U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said after Friday's match. "And so it's not a problem, but it's obviously it's...