After four warm-up games for the United States, their CONCACAF Gold Cup truly begins in the semifinals and the country ranked ahead of them according to FIFA. Costa Rica are enjoying a sort of golden generation at the moment and are neck and neck alongside the U.S. vying for the No. 2 spot behind Mexico in the region.
Their Gold Cup has been a carbon copy for the USA’s. Winning their group stringing along less than convincing performances to do so. They eked out a win over Panama thanks to a late own goal to get to the semis.
Meanwhile, the U.S. have sputtered along as well with a rotational lineup every step of the way. If they are to make it to Wednesday’s final, they’ll need to find some sort of motivation. Perhaps being literally bitten and pinched by El Salvador is just the wake up call they needed.
Despite the two teams being at a similar level, Los Ticos have never beaten the U.S. at the Gold Cup (6-0-1). With each side not exactly playing at their best, anything is possible in this final four match-up. It should be an interesting one.
United States lineup:
The #USMNT XI is in! Howard; Zusi, Gonzalez, Besler, Villafana; Arriola, Bradley, Acosta, Nagbe; Morris, Altidore. #USAvCRC #GoldCup2017— Planet Fútbol (@si_soccer) July 23, 2017
Costa Rica lineup:
Here is Costa Rica's starting XI vs. #usmnt— Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle) July 23, 2017
Pemberton; Salvatierra, Gonzalez, Acosta, Waston, Calvo; Ruiz, Tejeda, Guzman; Ramirez, Urena.
How to Watch
Venue: AT&T Stadium; Arlington, Texas
Kickoff Time: 10:00 p.m. ET, 7:00 p.m. PT
Available TV: FS1, Univision, Univision Deportes
Available Streams: Fox Sports Go, Univision Deportes, fuboTV (free trial), Sling TV
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