USA manager Juergen Klinsmann wants his players to focus on the trip to Costa Rica next week.
The US, who top the CONCACAF group for 2014 World Cup qualifying, have a much-anticipated date with arch rivals Mexico in Columbus on September 10 but Klinsmann feels the clash with Costa Rica in San Jose four days earlier must be the emphasis.
“I don't want the players to think – not even one second – about Mexico in Columbus,” he said.
“This one (against Costa Rica) could put us absolutely in the driver's seat for Brazil.
“Two, we want to set the tone in CONCACAF. We won the Gold Cup (earlier this summer). We sent out some very strong signals to, if it's to Mexico, if it's to Costa Rica or Panama or other nations, and I think if we are able to get three points in San Jose next Friday, we're almost there. We're almost in Brazil.”
However, the US have a dreadful record of zero wins, one draw and seven losses away to Costa Rica in World Cup qualification meaning they will have to make history in the Central American nation’s capital next week to all but assure their pathway to Brazil 2014.