This man just can’t stop scoring.
For the second straight match, Christian Bolaños had a goal and an assist for Costa Rica as the Ticos cruised to a 4-0 win over the U.S. on Tuesday night in the capital city of San José.
The ‘Caps midfielder set up fellow MLSer Johan Venegas for Costa Rica’s first goal with a pinpoint cross from the left, before heading in a Bryan Ruiz cross to double their advantage (see highlights below). Ruiz’s Sporting CP teammate Joel Campbell, who is on loan from English Premier League side Arsenal FC, then scored two late goals to seal the convincing victory.
Bolaños now has four goals in Costa Rica’s last three World Cup qualifiers.
He went 90 minutes once again on Tuesday – as did Whitecaps FC defender Kendall Waston, who helped Costa Rica keep a clean sheet for the second straight match. Tuesday’s result keeps the Ticos undefeated in this World Cup qualifying campaign with a 7W-0L-1D record. That includes a pair of victories to start the “Hex,” the fifth and final round of qualifying in the CONCACAF region.
Also on Tuesday, Whitecaps FC striker Blas Perez went the distance for Panama in a scoreless draw with Mexico. See below for the updated standings.
The Hex runs until October 2017, with each team playing a total of 10 matches. The top three teams will clinch an automatic berth to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and the fourth-place finisher will face the fifth-place nation from Asia in an inter-confederation playoff.