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Soccer: U.S. men continue hot streak, blow out Costa Rica

Defender Reggie Cannon scored the third goal for the United States in a 4-0 shutout of Costa Rica on Wednesday in Sandy, Utah. Photo by Tannen Maury/EPA-EFE
Defender Reggie Cannon scored the third goal for the United States in a 4-0 shutout of Costa Rica on Wednesday in Sandy, Utah. Photo by Tannen Maury/EPA-EFE

June 10 (UPI) -- The United States Men's National Team continued its hot streak with a 4-0 shutout of Costa Rica in a soccer friendly for its third-consecutive win.

Brenden Aaronson, Daryl Dike, Reggie Cannon and Giovanni Reyna each scored in the victory Wednesday at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. The win came on the heels of the Americans' Nations League title win over Mexico on Sunday in Denver.

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Wednesday's lineup featured nine different starters. Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie and Reyna started the game on the bench.

Aaronson started the scoring in the eighth minute. The United States scorched down the field on an attack to start the sequence. The striker collected a loose ball off a rebound in the box and blasted a shot past Costa Rica goalie Leonel Moreira for first blood.

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The Americans added a second score just before the halftime whistle.

Defender Mark McKenzie laced a long through ball up the right flank to start that play. Dike chased the feed toward the right corner flag and used his first touch to beat Moreira inside the near post in the 42nd minute.

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Cannon added a third score in the 52nd minute. The right back intercepted a pass amid a Costa Rica transition to spark that score.

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He then raced toward the box and switched possession of the ball from his right foot to his left foot. He ended the play with a shot past a diving Moreira.

Reyna scored the final goal with a penalty kick in the 77th minute. The star midfielder sent a delayed, grounded shot into the left side of the net as Moreira dove to the other side.

The United States starts its run at the CONCACAF Gold Cup against a to-be-determined opponent at 8:30 p.m. EDT on July 11 at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan.

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