Today’s evening will witness the battle between Canada and Costa Rica in one of the most watched soccer competitions around the globe. Only two teams can advance to the CONCACAF Gold Cup from each group, and Canada, Costa Rica, French Guiana and Honduras make up the Group A together. (Canada has already defeated French Guiana Friday evening and Costa Rica has defeated Honduras.)
The other two groups are Martinique, Nicaragua, Panama, and USA in Group B; and Curaçao, El Salvador, Jamaica, and Mexico in Group C. It’s noteworthy that the USA was left frustrated over its draw with Panama Saturday evening in Nashville.
The CONCACAF Gold Cup is a prestigious trophy for all nations that are part of the CONCACAF (affiliated to FIFA). The Gold Cup is the main soccer competition of the CONCACAF that determines the champion of North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Currently, Mexico holds the champion tag (and also has been the most successful team with a total of seven titles in the history of CONCACAF competitions since its inception).
Canada is certainly a strong contender for the Gold Cup. But with a full of a mix of daring and lively young sportsmen, the team of Costa Rica is a strong threat. It can give Canada a stiff opposition if left unchecked. Therefore, the match is going to be a core determining factor in the answer to how things pan out in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Sit tight this evening — the match will be an enjoyable experience.
Date and Time: July 11th, 2017 7:30 PM EST
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas
TV: FS1, UDN Tue (US)
Costa Rica has a good track record against Canada. They have been tied twice in the past.
Strong on defense and explosive with their play style, the Costa Ricans are a powerful force in the CONCACAF. Only USA and Mexico stand in their way, and it seems this year their powers have been thinned (Mexico’s coach isn’t here, and the USA is not using any fresh, raw talent this time).
Even without Keylor Navas and Celso Borges, the Costa Rican team is a strong contender to Canada.
The Canadians have been particularly successful in the CONCACAF competitions. They have bagged two first places in the CONCACAF Championship 1985 and the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2000, respectively. They have also finished into the semi-finals in the 2002 and the 2007 editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Canada is undefeated. It has a pleasant score of two wins and one draw in 2017 soccer matches. They recently defeated the Dutch Caribbean champions Curaçao in Montréal.
The Canadian coach has made it clear that he wants to see daring and aggressive play. The team of Canada has already given that by defeated French Guiana Friday evening. Now, can it continue the spree and thrash Costa Rice as well? We will have to wait for the answer to that!