The U.S. didn't start off its match with Costa Rica on Tuesday at the Copa America in the best way possible as the Central Americans looked sharper and more focused. But after getting an early goal from Clint Dempsey form the penalty kick spot, you could see the confidence return to the Americans.
And late in the first half, it paid off. Improving as the match went on, the U.S. scored two late goals to take a 3-0 lead at the break in a match that felt like a must win. Jermaine Jones got the first and Bobby Wood got the second, both with fantastic strikes.
Here's Jones' goal on 37 minutes.
And here is Wood on 42 minutes.
Bang, bang. Two quick goals to surely cement the result.
You have to feel that Keylor Navas, Costa Rica's injured star goalkeeper, would have saved Wood's goal, but they were both good hits, and all that matters is that they went in. In just 45 minutes, the U.S. went from disaster to delightful. Can they keep it up?