Viewing parties will be held at six locations in the Southland for Friday’s telecasts of the U.S.-Costa Rica World Cup qualifier.

The 3:30 p.m. game from Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, will be televised in English by ESPN and in Spanish by Univision and Univision Deportes Network.

The viewing parties will be held at:

— The Auld Dubliner, 2497 Park Ave., Tustin;

— Buffalo Wild Wings, 2548 E. Workman Ave., West Covina;

— Q’s Billiard Club, 11835 Wilshire Blvd., Brentwood;

— 1739 Public House, 1739 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz;

— Shannon’s On Pine, 209 Pine Ave., Long Beach; and

— Underground Pub & Grill, 1334 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach.

The parties are organized by various chapters of American Outlaws, a nationwide support group for the U.S. men’s and women’s national soccer teams.

The U.S. enters the game trying to stay ahead of Panama in the race for the third and final automatic berth in the 2018 FIFA World Cup from the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football.

The U.S. is third in the final round of qualifying with a 2-2-2 record for eight points, while Panama is fourth with seven points on a 1-1-4 record.

Mexico leads the six-team field with 14 points on a 4-0-2 record. Costa Rica is second with 11 points with a 3-1-2 record.

Panama will face Mexico Friday in Mexico City.

The U.S. is 9-0-5 since Bruce Arena’s second tenure as coach began in January, including a 2-0-2 record in World Cup qualifiers. Costa Rica is 5-3-6 in 2017, 1-1-2 in World Cup qualifiers.

The U.S. is 26th on the rankings compiled by FIFA, soccer’s international governing body. Costa Rica is ranked 21st.

The U.S. is 15-15-6 against Costa Rica, which is known as Los Ticos, which is derived from the colloquial term for a native of Costa Rica. The U.S. is 14-6-4 against Costa Rica in the U.S., including a 2-0 victory July 22 in a CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal game in Arlington, Texas.

The 26-player U.S. roster includes two players who played on the high school or club level in Orange County — Hamburg SV forward Bobby Wood (Irvine Strikers) and Santos Laguna defender Jorge Villafana (Anaheim High).

The U.S. team consists of 18 players who play in Major League Soccer, three each in England and Germany and two in Mexico.

Costa Rica’s roster consists of nine players who play in Costa Rica, seven in Major League Soccer, two in Spain and one each in England, Iran, Italy, Portugal, Scotland and Switzerland.

U.S. midfielder Darlington Nagbe and Costa Rica midfielder David Guzman are teammates with MLS’ Portland Timbers. U.S. forward Chris Wondolowksi and Costa Rica forward Marco Urena are teammates with MLS’ San Jose Earthquakes.

–City News Service

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