ATLANTA, GEORGIA—After a shocking 0-1 defeat at the hands of the Panama soccer team last October 10 in Panama City, Panama, the United States Men’s National team soccer roster (USMNT) is back on the winning track once again in their World Cup Qualifying matches.
On Wednesday, USMNT rallied from behind to beat the visiting Costa Rica soccer team 2-1 in front of its fans in Columbus, Ohio.
USMNT defender Sergio Dest, who is currently playing for FC Barcelona is the hero for the squad as he scored a gorgeous shot from distance on the counter-attack to beat Keylor Navas.
“I was like, I have to shoot it,” Dest said.
“I was just so happy We needed that goal. It was a really important goal. Right now we are on track,” Dest added.
With their win, the USMNT gets into second place in the FIFA World Cup Qualifying – CONCACAF Standings with 11 points behind number-one ranked Mexico with 14 points.
In the CONCACAF, the top three sides will qualify for the World Cup in 2022, while the fourth-placed team will enter a playoff for a spot in Qatar.
Two members of USMNT are players of the Atlanta United FC namely defensive specialists Miles Robinson and George Bello.
Robinson has nine caps and three goals with the USMNT, earning his senior team debut on Sept. 6, 2019, in a friendly against Mexico. He made his first start and scored his first international goal in a 7-0 win against Trinidad and Tobago on Jan. 31, 2021. Robinson started all six matches and scored two goals at the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup where he helped the U.S. secure five clean sheets and scored the game-winning goal in the final to defeat Mexico 1-0. The 24-year-old was also recently named to his first MLS All-Star team and has started 14 of his 15 MLS appearances in 2021.
Bello has made three appearances for the USMNT, making his senior team debut against Trinidad and Tobago on Jan. 31, 2021. Most recently, Bello started two matches during the USMNT’s run to the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup title, including the 1-0 victory against Mexico in the final. The 19-year-old left-back this week became the first Atlanta Homegrown player to be named an MLS All-Star and has started 15 of his 16 MLS appearances in 2021.

By bob

A veteran soccer journalist who is an avid fan of Atlanta United and Lionel Messi.