At the airport the Americans were forced to endure long lines at customs and immigration rather than being fast-tracked through the process as is customary (the Costa Ricans were not given special treatment on their winter visit to the U.S.). Then the team bus was pelted with eggs on its way to the hotel.
During the week the three training sites suggested by the Costa Rican soccer federation refused to allow the U.S. access -- the team eventually wound up practicing at a dairy where someone dressed as cow in a soccer uniform repeatedly tried to harass Klinsmann by blowing an air horn during a TV interview.
Game balls the Costa Rican federation was supposed to deliver the U.S. team never arrived and on Thursday fans, organized on social media, gathered outside the team hotel to serenade the players as they tried to sleep.
Another social media campaign, this one involving taxi drivers, was being arranged in an attempt to clog the streets Friday afternoon, delaying the team's arrival at the stadium -- where more than 800 police will be deployed to keep order.
At least one U.S. player refused to criticize the gamesmanship, however.
"I love it," the Galaxy's Landon Donovan told FoxSports.com. "You'd much rather play in front of a lot of people that care than a few people that don't."