U.S. men's national team striker Clint Dempsey said Tuesday's game against Costa Rica in Group A is a must win match, per ESPNFC.
After losing the opener against Colombia 2-0 on Friday night, the U.S. finds itself in a position of needing at least a point to feel like it has a chance to make it to the quarterfinals.
"It's a must-win situation, backs against the wall," Dempsey said.
"It's going to be a difficult game. They know they got a result that puts them in position to get out of the group. And for us, it's a must-win. So it's going to be a difficult challenge."
One could argue that it actually isn't a must-win though. Because Costa Rica and Paraguay played to a scoreless draw on Saturday, the U.S. enters the match just one point behind the two. Without a point and with Colombia expected to be Paraguay, a draw here could still see the U.S. with a solid chance of advancing if it can beat Paraguay in its third match. But of course, a win would make things a who a lot easier.
So maybe it is just like a must-not-lose match?