After a physical and sloppy 2-0 win against El Salvador, the United States Men’s National Team looks to put together a better performance against Costa Rica in the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals in Arlington, TX.
This match-up features two teams that are extremely familiar with each other. Costa Rica holds the all-time edge in the series by a single win, going 15-14-6. However, the U.S. is 13-6-4 on American soil, 6-0-1 in the Gold Cup, and Bruce Arena is undefeated in his second tenure.
The last time these two countries met in the Gold Cup, it was none other than former Orlando City midfielder Brek Shea that gave the Yanks the win. That was Shea’s first ever goal for his country, but of that 23-player roster only Joe Corona and Bill Hamid are playing for Arena this year.
The U.S. knows that it must improve to beat Los Ticos. The Central American team is much better than El Salvador, which the Yanks struggled against in a win on Wednesday. Bruce Arena gave many players more opportunities on Wednesday, but expect a veteran team to come out tonight as the U.S. looks to move into the final.
Goalkeepers: Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas; 0/0) Bill Hamid (D.C. United; 3/0), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids; 115/0).
Defenders: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City; 42/1), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca; 42/2), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas; 4/0), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest; 12/0), Matt Miazga (Chelsea; 3/1), Justin Morrow (Toronto FC; 2/0), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Lagun; 9/0), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City; 51/5).
Midfielders: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; 11/1), Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana; 8/2), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC; 133/17), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana; 20/3), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire; 10/0), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers; 17/1), Chris Pontius (Philadelphia Union; 4/0), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy; 34/6).
Forwards: Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution; 25/3), Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC; 104/37), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC; 134/56), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; 19/4).
Goalkeepers: Dany Carvajal (Deportivo Saprissa), Leonel Moreira (Herediano, CRC), Patrick Pemberton (LD Alajuelense).
Defenders: Johnny Acosta (CS Herediano), Francisco Calvo (Minnesota United FC), Giancarlo Gonzalez (Palermo), Kenner Gutiérrez (LD Alajuelense), Jhamir Ordain (Herediano), José Salvatierra (LD Alajuelense), Michael Umaña (CS Cartagines), Juan Pablo Vargas (Herediano), Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps FC).
Midfielders: Randall Azofeifa (CS Herediano), David Guzman (Portland Timbers), Jimmy Marin (Herediano), Bryan Ruiz (Sporting Clube de Portugal), Ulises Segura (Deportivo Saprissa), Yeltsin Tejeda (FC Lausanne-Sport), Rodney Wallace (New York City FC).
Forwards: Jose Leiton (Herediano), David Ramírez (Deportivo Saprissa), Ariel Rodriguez (Bangkok Glass FC), Marco Ureña (San Jose Earthquakes).
How to Watch
Match Time: 10 p.m. ET.
Venue: AT&T Stadium — Arlington, TX.
TV: FS1, AFN Sports, Univision.
Streaming: FOX Sports GO, fuboTV, Univision Deportes.
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