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US men beat Costa Rica

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Tim Weah scored his second international goal in the 66th minute after Sergino Dest started the comeback from a first-minute deficit, and the United States rallied past Costa Rica, 2-1, Wednesday night to ease pressure as World Cup qualifying neared the halfway point.

Goalkeeper Zack Steffen, one of nine new starters inserted by coach Gregg Berhalter following Sunday’s dismal 1-0 loss at Panama, made a costly headed clearance that led to Keysher Fuller’s goal 60 seconds in, the fastest goal conceded by the U.S. in 23 years.

Dest, another new starter by his rotation-emphasizing coach, tied it in the 25th minute when he curled a shot past Keylor Navas.

No home for Isles for awhile

NEW YORK — The New York Islanders know what it means to play away from home for a long time. They spent nearly two months in Canada for the 2020 playoff bubble — reaching the Eastern Conference finals — after the pandemic disrupted the season.

They now face a record-setting stretch without a home game: The Islanders will begin the season with 13 straight road games while construction of their sparkling new UBS Arena is completed. It is the second-longest road trip in NHL history — Vancouver had 14 in a row during the 2009-10 season, but that included the NHL’s Olympic break — and the longest to open a season.

New York won’t play at home until Nov. 20, more than five weeks into the season.

Playing a few more games at Nassau Coliseum wasn’t an option, so the NHL drew up a schedule that puts 13 road games on the Islanders’ slate over 33 days.

The Associated Press

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