USA have a date with Costa Rica on Saturday night in the Gold Cup semifinals. Both teams have looked unimpressive thus far in the tournament, but should elevate their play with a trip to the final on the line.
USA – 0 – 1 1
Costa Rica– 0 – 0 0
GOAL: Altidore (71′)
Costa Rica have only allowed one goal in the tournament so far, but they’ll need to step up their offensive game against the Americans. In fact, Los Ticos advanced to the semifinals without scoring a goal in their previous match. An own goal from Panama gave the squad a 1-0 victory, but this is a team that is more than capable of knocking off the Americans.
For USMNT, it wasn’t that long ago when they were being walked on by Costa Rica. They were dominated 4-0 during World Cup qualifying in November, marking a low point for the Americans in the Hex. Those results have stopped, but the Americans have looked unimpressive through four Gold Cup matches.
After the first three group matches, Bruce Arena called in the reinforcements. Dempsey, Bradley and Howard are all back in the fold, and eager to chase the team’s first Gold Cup trophy since 2013.
Los Ticos haven’t reached the tournament final since 2002, when they fell 2-0 to the Americans. This is their deepest run since 2009, when they finished in third place ahead of Honduras.
Kickoff starts at 9 p.m. Eastern and will air on Fox Sports 1. Keep this page refreshed for the latest highlights, including video of every goal.