Soccer

US bounces back with 4-0 victory over Costa Rica

  • United States' Clint Dempsey (8) celebrates after a goal during a Copa America Centenario group A soccer match against Costa Rica at Soldier Field in Chicago, Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    United States' Clint Dempsey (8) celebrates after a goal during a Copa America Centenario group A soccer match against Costa Rica at Soldier Field in Chicago, Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)  (The Associated Press)

  • United States' Geoff Cameron (20) and Costa Rica's Alvaro Saborio (9) battle during a Copa America Centenario group A soccer match at Soldier Field in Chicago, Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    United States' Geoff Cameron (20) and Costa Rica's Alvaro Saborio (9) battle during a Copa America Centenario group A soccer match at Soldier Field in Chicago, Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)  (The Associated Press)

  • Costa Rica's Celso Borges (5) and United States' Bobby Wood (7) battle during a Copa America Centenario group A soccer match at Soldier Field in Chicago, Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Costa Rica's Celso Borges (5) and United States' Bobby Wood (7) battle during a Copa America Centenario group A soccer match at Soldier Field in Chicago, Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)  (The Associated Press)

Clint Dempsey had a goal and two assists, and the United States rebounded from its opening loss in Copa America with a convincing 4-0 victory over Costa Rica on Tuesday night.

Jermaine Jones, Bobby Wood and Graham Zusi also scored as the U.S. moved into prime position to grab one of two spots in the knockout round coming out of Group A in South America's championship. The Americans take on Paraguay in Philadelphia on Saturday night.

It was quite a response to days of questions after the U.S. allowed a goal off a corner kick and committed a costly hand ball in a 2-0 loss to Colombia on Friday night.

Costa Rica, which played a scoreless tie against Paraguay in its Copa opener on Saturday in Florida, looked sluggish for long stretches of the first half and was unable to recover.

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Jay Cohen can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/jcohenap