U.S. Soccer

U.S. WNT Continues Victory Tour with 7-2 Win in Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (Aug. 19, 2015) – The World Cup Champion U.S. Women’s National Team continued its Victory Tour with a 7-2 win against Costa Rica in front of a record crowd of 20,535 at Finley Stadium. The crowd was the largest for a stand-alone WNT friendly in the southeastern region of the United States.

Members of the military led the team out on the field and a moment of silence was observed before kickoff in memory of the tragedy that took place on July 17 when a gunman opened fire on two military sites in Chattanooga, killing five servicemen. During the game the WNT players wore black armbands in memory of the victims.

The U.S. WNT will be auctioning off their autographed game-worn jerseys on ussoccer.com to raise money for the families of the victims. More information on the start of the auction will be provided soon.

After the U.S. took an early 2-0 lead behind goals from Carli Lloyd and Heather O’Reilly, the match was delayed for 83 minutes due to lightning. After returning to the field, the U.S. continued their dominance with additional goals from Abby Wambach, O’Reilly, Alex Morgan and Amy Rodriguez. The WNT also benefited from an own goal, but Costa Rica was able to find the back of the net twice in second half for their first ever goals against the U.S. in 12 meetings.   

The U.S. players will now return to their NWSL clubs for the stretch run of the season and continues its Victory Tour with a pair of matches against Australia in September, at Ford Field in Detroit on Sept. 17 and at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama on Sept. 20. Tickets are going fast with 30,000 already sold in Detroit and 27,000 in Birmingham. For more information on tickets, click here.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Carli Lloyd, 7th minute:
Lloyd’s spectacular blast from 31 yards off a direct free kick deflected off a Costa Rican defender in the wall, hit the bottom of the crossbar at the upper left corner and bounced down into the goal to give the WNT an early lead. USA 1, CRC 0 SEE GOAL

USA – Heather O’Reilly, 13th minute: Carli Lloyd received a pass at the top of the box, spun towards goal and blasted a shot on frame. The Costa Rican goalkeeper responded with a tremendous diving save, but couldn’t hold the ball and Heather O’Reilly followed up to finish the rebound and double the WNT lead. USA 2, CRC 0 SEE GOAL

USA – Abby Wambach (Lori Chalupny), 18th minute: Carli Lloyd started the run down the right side and as she approached the end line sent a cross over to Lori Chalupny, who was positioned in the left side of the box. With the defense closing in, Chalupny sent the ball back across to Abby Wambach, who one-timed it home with her left foot. USA 3, CRC 0

USA – Carli Lloyd (Megan Rapinoe), 20th minute: The goal came off a corner kick from Megan Rapinoe. Rapinoe whipped in a cross and Lloyd knifed though the defense, leapt into the air and volleyed home from close range for her second goal of the game. USA 4, CRC 0

USA – Heather O’Reilly (Abby Wambach), 23rd minute: Abby Wambach, who just five minutes before had scored a goal of her own, dribbled powerfully down the left side. O’Reilly made a run to the near post, and Wambach, who has been the recipient of many O’Reilly crosses in the past, was the distributor this time around. O’Reilly met Wambach’s cross with her a powerful header high into the net for her second score of the game. USA 5, CRC 0

USA – Katherine Alvarado (Own Goal), 31st minute: Off another corner Lloyd made a run into the box and Alvarado was grabber her the whole time. The driven ball skipped through traffic inside the penalty box, bounced off her shin and skipped into the back of the net. USA 6, CRC 0

CRC – Cristin Granados (Carolina Venegas), 56th minute: Carolina Venegas made a great move to get around Tobin Heath near the end line and then threaded a ball back to Granados in the seam. With a first-time shot she pushed it past a diving Hope Solo from close range. USA 6, CRC 1

CRC – Karla Villalobos (Mariana Benavides), 69th minute: Mariana Benavides got a long ball up and through the U.S. defense to Villalobos who took a few controlling dribbles near the top of the box and finessed a bending ball over Naeher and into the upper right corner. USA 6, CRC 2

USA – Alex Morgan (Amy Rodriguez), 81st minute: After substitute goalkeeper Yolian Sala made a great kick save, Costa Rica poorly cleared the ball away and it found Amy Rodriguez on the right side of the box. Rodriguez took a great touch to beat a defender and sent a perfect back post cross to Alex Morgan who chested it into the net for the seventh score of the game. USA 7, CRC 2 SEE GOAL

Next on the Schedule: The WNT continues the 2015 Victory Tour with a stop in Detroit on Sept. 17 to take on Australia at Ford Field, where more than 30,000 tickets have already been sold.
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO (7 p.m. ET; Sept. 19)
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Milestone Watch:

  • Tobin Heath earned her 100th cap with the WNT. She is the 33rd player to play 100 times, having made her debut with the USA in 2008. She will be honored before the USA’s next match in Detroit.
  • Wambach extended her record as the world’s all-time leading goal scorer, notching the 184th goal of her career.
  • Heather O’Reilly’s brace pushed her career scoring total to 45 goals. She has scored two goals in each of the last two games and has now tallied four multi-goal games in her career.
  • Lloyd’s two scores gave her 71 for her career, just four short of tying Cindy Parlow for sixth on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list.
  • Shannon Boxx earned her 193rd cap, moving past Brandi Chastain into sole possession of 11th place on the USA’s all-time caps list.
  • Carli Lloyd earned her 204th cap to move into a tie for eighth place on the USA’s all-time caps list with Tiffeny Milbrett.
  • Alex Morgan’s 53rd goal moved her into a tie for ninth place with Carin Gabbara on the USA’s all-time scoring list.

Additional Notes:

  • In the game’s 15th minute, the game paused for lightning delay, which lasted 83 minutes.
  • Prior to the match, Lori Chalupny was honored for earning her 100th cap. On May 10 against Ireland in San Jose, Chalupny, who announced her retirement from international soccer on Aug. 17, became the 32nd American female to play 100 times for her country. She debuted for the USA at the age of 17 in 2001 and has won a U-19 Women's World Cup title, an Olympic gold medal and a Women's World Cup title.
  • The match was the second for the WNT at Finley Stadium and with the win the team improved to 2-0-0 in the Chattanooga. The USA last played there in 1997, when it defeated Sweden 3-1 at the home of the National Premier Soccer League's Chattanooga FC and the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Moccasins football and women's soccer teams.
  • The WNT is now 5-0-0 all time in the state of Tennessee, where it has outscored opponents 17-5.
  • Carli Lloyd’s 70th goal made her the seventh player in U.S. history to score 70 or more goals.
  • Heather O’Reilly has scored multiple goals in each of the WNT’s last two games.
  • Costa Rica’s first goal was the first it has scored against the USWNT in the history of the series between the two teams.
  • The USA remains perfect against Costa Rica, improving its all-time record to 12-0-0. 
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WNT Aug 19, 2015

- U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Costa Rica
Date: Aug. 19, 2015
Competition: International Friendly – Victory Tour
Venue: Finley Field; Chattanooga, Tenn.
Kickoff: 6:30 ET
Attendance: 20,535
Weather: 79 degrees, humid

Scoring Summary:    1          2          F
USA                            6          1          7
CRC                            1          1          2

USA – Carli Lloyd                                                     7th minute
USA – Heather O’Reilly (Carli Lloyd)                      13
USA – Abby Wambach (Lori Chalupny)                   18
USA – Carli Lloyd (Megan Rapinoe)                         20
USA – Heather O’Reilly (Abby Wambach)               23
USA – Katherine Alvarado (Own Goal)                     31
CRC – Cristin Granados (Carolina Venegas)              41
CRC – Karla Villalobos (Mariana Benavides)            69
USA – Alex Morgan (Amy Rodriguez)                       81

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo (21-Alyssa Naeher, 46); 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Whitney Engen, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 16-Lori Chalupny (capt.); 9-Heather O’Reilly (8-Amy Rodriguez, 46), 12-Lauren Holiday, 17-Tobin Heath (7-Shannon Boxx, 64), 15-Megan Rapinoe (22-Meghan Klingenberg, 46), 10-Carli Lloyd (23-Christen Press, 46); 20-Abby Wambach (13-Alex Morgan, 56)
Subs Not Used: 3-Christie Rampone, 11-Ali Krieger, 14-Morgan Brian, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Julie Johnston
Not available: 2-Sydney Leroux
Head coach: Jill Ellis

CRC: 1-Dinnia Diaz (18-Yolian Salas, 78); 3-Fabiola Villalobos (2-Gabriela Guillén, 67), 5-Diana Saenz, 20-Wendy Acosta, 4-Mariana Benavides (19-Maria Paula Coto, 86), 6-Maria Paula Elizondo (8-Daniela Cruz, 63), 10-Katherine Alvarado (capt.), 15-Cristin Granados, 7-Melissa Herrera, 9-Carolina Venegas, 17-Karla Villalobos (14-Mayra Almazán, 74)
Subs Not Used: 12-Lixy Rodriguez, 21-Noelle Sanz
Head coach: Amelia Valverde

Stats Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 28 / 4
Shots on Goal: 14 / 2
Saves: 0 / 8
Corner Kicks: 8 / 0
Fouls: 6 / 8
Offside: 1 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
CRC – Mariana Benavides (caution)  36th minute
CRC – Fabiola Villalobos (caution)    62

Officials:
Referee: Margaret Domka (USA)  
Assistant Referee 1: Amanda Ross (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Marie-Han Gagnon-Chretien (USA)
4th Official: Tori Penso (USA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Heather O’Reilly

Cinco Cosas Sobre Costa Rica

El miércoles, la Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos derrotó 2-0 a El Salvador para sellar su lugar en las semifinales de la Copa Oro CONCACAF 2017. La U.S. MNT ahora se enfrentará a su rival regional Costa Rica el sábado por la noche en AT&T Stadium en Arlington, Texas (10 p.m. ET en FS1, Univision y UDN).

Aquí hay cinco cosas que debes saber sobre el rival del sábado.

El País, la Bandera y el Nombre del Equipo

Ubicado en Centroamérica, Costa Rica comparte frontera con Panamá hacia el sur, Nicaragua en el norte, el Mar Caribe al este y el Oceano Pacífico al oeste. Con 4.8 millones de habitantes, Costa Rica es el décimoprimer país más pobaldo de Norteamérica.

La bandera de Costa Rica fue creada en 1848 por Pacífica Fernández, la esposa del entonces presidente José María Castro Madriz. Inspirada por la revolución francesa, Fernández uso el azul, blanco y rojo para representar la bandera de Francia.

El color azul simboliza el cielo, oportunidades, idealismo y perseverancia. El blanco refleja la paz, sabiduría y felicidad. El rojo representa la sangre derramada por los mártires en defensa del país, al igual que la calidez y generosidad de la gente.

 

El nombre de la selección de "Los Ticos" refleja el término utilizado para referirse a alguien de Costa Rica.

Historia Futbolística

La reciente ascendencia al éxito tanto en CONCACAF como internacional sigue muchos años como el mejor equipo en Centroamérica. Los Ticos ganaron siete de las 10 competencias entre países Centro y Sudamericanos antes de la formación de CONCACAF en 1961.

Aún con Estados Unidos y México en la justa, Costa Rica ganó el predecesor de la Copa Oro, la Copa CONCACAF, en 1963, 1969 y 1989. El último título le dio a Costa Rica su primer viaje a la Copa Mundial en Italia, en donde venció a Escocia y Suecia en la etapa de grupos para llegar a octavos de final en 1990.

En 2002, Costa Rica inició una racha de tres participaciones en la Copa Mundial en cuatro oportunidades. Pero no regresarían a la segunda ronda hasta el 2014 en Brasil, en donde ganaron un grupo que contaba con Uruguay, Italia e Inglaterra antes de caer contra Países Bajos en penales en cuartos de final.

Cómo Llegaron

Costa Rica clasificó a su decimotercer Copa Oro CONCACAF al terminar en cuarto lugar en la Copa Centroamericana 2017 en enero.

Ahí, una selección tica mayormente basada en la liga nacional logró un registro de 1-3-1, derrotando solamente a Belice 3-0 mientras empató con El Salvador, Nicaragua y Honduras.

Costa Rica inició el torneo con una victoria de 1-0 contra Honduras, jugó a un empate de 1-1 con Canadá y despidió a Guyana Francesa 3-0 en el último partido del grupo. En el partido de cuartos de final el miércoles contra Panamá, utilizaron un gol en el minuto 77 de Aníbal Godoy para ganar 1-0 y llegar a semifinales por primera vez desde 2009.

Historia vs. U.S. MNT

Desde el primer encuentro el 19 de agosto, 1975, EE.UU. y Costa Rica han jugado 35 veces, con la ventaja a favor de Costa Rica con 14-15-6. Los Ticos se unen a México como uno de los dos equipos de CONCACAF de mantener un registro favorable contra EE.UU.

Mientras que el registro general entre los dos equipos está muy parejo, EE.UU. ha dominado los partidos en la Copa Oro, con 6-0-1 en siete encuentros dentro del campeonato de la confederación.

El enfrentamiento más notable entre EE.UU. y Los Ticos fue cuando un equipo estadounidense encabezado por Bruce Arena derrotó 2-0 a Costa Rica en la final de la Copa Oro 2002, la cual fue la única aparición de Costa Rica en el partido por el campeonato. Interesantemente, el partido de semifinal del sábado llega a 24 años y un día de la fecha en la cual los dos equipos se enfrentaron durante las semifinales de la Copa Oro 1993, el cual EE.UU. ganó 1-0 con un gol de oro del defensa Cle Kooiman.

Repasa los siete encuentros anteriores de EE.UU. y Costa Rica en la Copa Oro:

Resultados de EE.UU. vs. Costa Rica en Copas Oro

Fecha

Resultado

Goleadores de EE.UU.

Ronda

3 de julio, 1991

3-2 W

Pérez, Vermes, autogol

Etapa de Grupos

21 de julio, 1993

1-0 (asdet*)

Kooiman

Semifinal

7 de febrero, 1998

2-1 W

Pope, Preki

Etapa de Grupos

2 de febrero, 2002

2-0 W

Wolff, Agoos

Final

26 de julio, 2003

3-2 W

Stewart, Bocanegra, Convey

Tercer Lugar

12 de julio, 2005

0-0 D

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Etapa de Grupos

16 de julio, 2013

1-0 W

Shea

Etapa de Grupos

 *Después de tiempos extra de muerte súbita, por sus siglas en inglés

La Nómina

Catorce jugadores en la nómina de Costa Rica militan en la liga nacional, cinco juegan en la MLS, y uno cada uno en Italia, Portugal, Suiza y Tailandia. El mediocampista David Guzmán es compañero del jugador estadounidense Darlington Nagbe en los Portland Timbers. 

ARQUEROS (3): Dany Carvajal (Deportivo Saprissa), Leonel Moreira (Herediano, CRC); Patrick Pemberton (LD Alajuelense)
DEFENSAS (9): Johnny Acosta (CS Herediano); Francisco Calvo (Minnesota United FC/USA); Giancarlo Gonzalez (Palermo/ITA); Kenner Gutiérrez (LD Alajuelense); Jhamir Ordain (Herediano), José Salvatierra (LD Alajuelense); Michael Umaña (CS Cartagines), Juan Pablo Vargas (Herediano), Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps FC/CAN)
MEDIOCAMPISTAS (7): Randall Azofeifa (CS Herediano); David Guzmán (Portland Timbers/USA); Jimmy Marín (Herediano), Bryan Ruiz (Sporting Clube de Portugal/POR); Ulises Segura (Deportivo Saprissa); Yeltsin Tejeda (FC Lausanne-Sport/SUI); Rodney Wallace (New York City FC/USA)
DELANTEROS (4): Jose Leiton (Herediano), David Ramírez (Deportivo Saprissa); Ariel Rodríguez (Bangkok Glass FC/THA); Marco Ureña (San Jose Earthquakes/USA)

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Espanol Jul 21, 2017

Boletos para U.S. MNT vs. Panamá, Presentado por Volpi Foods, Salen a la Venta el 10 de agosto

CHICAGO (21 de julio, 2017) -- Boletos para el partido de eliminatoria mundialista entre la Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos y Panamá, presentado por Volpi Foods, el 6 de octubre en Orlando City Stadium en Orlando, Florida, salen a la venta al público el jueves, 10 de agosto a las 12 p.m. ET.

Boletos para el partido se pueden comprar por medio de ussoccer.com. Ultimate Fan Tickets (paquetes especiales VIP que incluyen un boleto óptimo, una camiseta oficial de la Selección hecha específicamente para la persona, acceso VIP al campo antes y después del partido y otros beneficios únicos) están disponibles exclusivamente por medio de ussoccer.com.

Socios en el "Coaches Circle" y "Presidents Circle" apoyando al "U.S. Soccer Development Fund" pueden recibir apoyo individualizado y servicios de conserje para sus necesidades de entradas. Haga clic aquí o comuníquese con circles@ussoccer.org para más información.

Adicionalmente, un número limitado de habitaciones han sido reservadas a un precio especial en cuatro hotels de Downtown Orlando para aficionados que estarán en Orlando para el partido. Llame o haga clic para hacer su reservación. Al llamar, pregunte por la tarifa especial para el partido de eliminatoria USA vs. Panamá para recibir el precio especial.

El partido será transmitido en vivo por televisión por ESPN2 y las cadenas de Univisión. Es el último partido de local para EE.UU. en la Ronda Final de la Eliminatoria para la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2018. Cuatro días después, EE.UU. jugará su partido final de la eliminatoria de visitante contra Trinidad y Tobago.

EE.UU. tiene un registro de 11-1-6 contra Panamá, con un registro de local de 8-1-3 y una racha invicta de 5-0-2 en partidos de eliminatoria. EE.UU. empató con Los Canaleros en su primer encuentro de la Ronda Final, un empate de 1-1 en Ciudad de Panamá el 28 de marzo. Los equipos también empataron 1-1 en el primer partido del grupo en la Copa Oro CONCACAF 2017 el 8 de julio en Nashville, Tenn.

Actualmente en la tercera y última posición de clasificación automática, a Estados Unidos le restan cuatro partidos en la Ronda Final de seis partidos de la Eliminatoria Mundialista de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2018. Además del partido de local con Panamá y el partido de visitante contra Trinidad y Tobago, EE.UU. recibirá a Costa Rica en Harrison, N.J. el 1 de septiembre y jugará contra Honduras en San Pedro Sula el 5 de septiembre.

 

 

 

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Espanol Jul 21, 2017

HISTORY LESSON: Three U.S. MNT Goalkeepers Earn Wins at 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup

While the ultimate goal of the U.S. Men’s National Team at this year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup is to win its sixth confederation championship, head coach Bruce Arena has also made it a priority to evaluate the pool by spreading around minutes for players in the tournament.

Through four matches, 27 of the 29 players named either to the Group Stage or Knockout Round rosters have earned at least one start, and only one player – Jordan Morris – has participated in every game, coming off the bench in three of the four.

The strategy has also led to a little bit of history for the U.S. MNT, who with Wednesday’s 2-0 Quarterfinal win against El Salvador became the first team in 14 editions of the Gold Cup to collect victories with three different goalkeepers.

Brad Guzan was in net when the USA defeated Martinique 3-2 on July 12, Bill Hamid (both above) earned his first tournament appearance in a 3-0 shutout of Nicaragua on July 15 and roster addition Tim Howard completed the trifecta with his 40th career clean sheet in the 2-0 win against El Salvador.

The 2017 tournament is also the fifth time that multiple U.S. MNT goalkeepers have earned wins. Have a look at the details on that stat below and be sure to check out the U.S. MNT’s full individual statistics at the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup by clicking here.

Wins by Multiple U.S. MNT Goalkeepers at the CONCACAF Gold Cup

1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Brad Friedel (2), Kasey Keller (1)

2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Kasey Keller (3), Marcus Hahnemann (1)

2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Tim Howard (4), Kasey  Keller (2)

2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Nick Rimando (5), Sean Johnson (1)

2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Brad Guzan (1), Bill Hamid (1), Tim Howard (1)

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MNT Jul 21, 2017

Tickets on Sale Aug. 10 for USA World Cup Qualifier vs. Panama in Orlando

CHICAGO (July 21, 2017) – Tickets for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s World Cup Qualifier against Panama, presented by Volpi Foods, on Oct. 6 at Orlando City Stadium in Orlando, Florida, will go on sale Thursday, Aug. 10 at 12 p.m. ET.

Tickets for the game can be purchased through ussoccer.com. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.

Coaches Circle and Presidents Circle members supporting the U.S. Soccer Development Fund can receive individual customer support and concierge services for their ticketing needs. Click here or contact circles@ussoccer.org for more information.

Additionally, room blocks have been priced at special rates at four Downtown Orlando hotels for fans who will be in Orlando for the match. Call or click to make your reservations. When calling ask for the USA vs. Panama FIFA Men’s Qualifier Match rate to receive the special prices.

The match will be televised on ESPN2 and Univision networks. It’s the last home match for the U.S. in the Final Round of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying. Four days later, the U.S. will play their final qualifying match away against Trinidad & Tobago.

The U.S. is 11-1-6 all-time against Panama, with an 8-1-3 home record and an undefeated 5-0-2 mark in World Cup qualifiers. The U.S. drew with Los Canaleros in their first meeting of the Final Round, a 1-1 tie in Panama City on March 28. The teams also drew 1-1 in their opening group stage match of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup on July 8 in Nashville, Tenn.

Currently in the third and final automatic qualifier position, the U.S. has four matches remaining in the six-team Final Round of 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying. In addition to the home tie with Panama and the away match at Trinidad & Tobago, the U.S. will host Costa Rica in Harrison, N.J., on Sept. 1 and play at Honduras in San Pedro Sula on Sept. 5.

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MNT Jul 21, 2017

Five Things to Know About Costa Rica

On Wednesday, the U.S. Men’s National Team saw off EL Salvador 2-0 to book its place in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinals. The U.S. MNT will now meet long-time regional foe Costa Rica on Saturday night at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas (10 p.m. ET on FS1, Univision and UDN).

Here are five things you should know about Saturday’s opponent:

The Country, Flag and Nickname

Located in Central America, Costa Rica is bordered by Panama to the south, Nicaragua to the north, the Caribbean Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. With 4.8 million people, Costa Rica is the 11th most populous nation in North America.

The flag of Costa Rica was created in 1848 by Pacífica Fernández, wife of then president José María Castro Madriz. Inspired by the French Revolution, Fernández used the blue, white and red present in the French flag.

The blue color symbolizes the sky, opportunities, idealism and perseverance. The white reflects peace, wisdom and happiness. The red stands for the blood spilt by martyrs in defense of the country, as well as the warmth and generosity of the people.

The National Team nickname of “Los Ticos” mirrors the colloquial term which is used when referring to someone from Costa Rica.

Footballing History

Costa Rica’s recent ascendance to CONCACAF contender and international success followed many years as the best team in Central America. Los Ticos won seven of 10 competitions between Central America and the Caribbean countries prior to the formation of CONCACAF in 1961.

Even with the U.S. and Mexico in the mix, Costa Rica won the Gold Cup’s predecessor, the CONCACAF Cup, in 1963, 1969 and 1989. The last title earned Costa Rica a trip to its first World Cup in Italy, where it beat Scotland and Sweden in group play to reach the Round of 16 in 1990.

In 2002, Costa Rica started a stretch of three World Cup appearances in four chances and even earned another win against China. But they wouldn’t return to the knockout phase until 2014 in Brazil, where they won a group featuring Uruguay, Italy and England before falling to The Netherlands via penalty kicks in the Quarterfinals.

How They Got Here

Costa Rica qualified for its 13th CONCACAF Gold Cup by finishing fourth at the 2017 Copa Centroamericana in January.

During that tourament, a mostly domestic-based Ticos side earned a 1-3-1 record, defeating only Belize 3-0, while playing to draws with El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras.

So far this Gold Cup, Costa Rica began with a 1-0 victory against Honduras, played to a 1-1 draw with Canada and saw off French Guiana 3-0 in its Group Stage finale. In Wednesday’s Quarterfinal vs. Panama, they utilized a 77th minute own goal from Anibal Godoy to earn a 1-0 win and their first Semifinal appearance since 2009.

History vs. U.S. MNT

Having first met on Aug. 19, 1975, the U.S. and Costa Rica have played 35 times, with Costa Rica holding a slight 15-14-6 edge. Los Ticos join Mexico as one of only two CONCACAF nations to hold a winning record against the USA.

While the all-time series between the two sides is pretty tight, the USA has dominated the Gold Cup contests, going 6-0-1 in seven all-time meetings at the confederation championship.

Most notably, a Bruce Arena-led U.S. side defeated Los Ticos 2-0 in the 2002 Gold Cup Final, which also served as Costa Rica’s only appearance in the tournament’s championship match. Interestingly, Saturday’s Semifinal showdown comes 24 years and one day to the date of when the two teams met during the 1993 Gold Cup Semifinals, which the U.S. won 1-0 behind a golden goal from defender Cle Kooiman.

Check out the previous seven USA-Costa Rica Gold Cup meetings:

USA-Costa Rica All-Time Gold Cup Results

Date

Result

U.S. Goal Scorers

Round

July 3, 1991

3-2 W

Perez, Vermes, og

Group Stage

July 21, 1993

1-0 W (asdet)*

Kooiman

Semifinal

Feb. 7, 1998

2-1 W

Pope, Preki

Group Stage

Feb. 2, 2002

2-0 W

Wolff, Agoos

Final

July 26, 2003

3-2 W

Stewart, Bocanegra, Convey

Third-Place Match

July 12, 2005

0-0 D

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Group Stage

July 16, 2013

1-0 W

Shea

Group Stage

*(asdet) refers to the past practice of deciding games via sudden death extra time a.k.a. “golden goal”

The Roster

Fourteen players on the Costa Rica roster are based domestically, five play in M.L.S., with one each in Italy, Portugal, Switzerland and Thailand. Midfielder David Guzman is teammates with U.S. MNT player Darlington Nagbe at the Portland Timbers.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Dany Carvajal (Deportivo Saprissa), Leonel Moreira (Herediano, CRC); Patrick Pemberton (LD Alajuelense)

DEFENDERS (9): Johnny Acosta (CS Herediano); Francisco Calvo (Minnesota United FC/USA); Giancarlo Gonzalez (Palermo/ITA); Kenner Gutiérrez (LD Alajuelense); Jhamir Ordain (Herediano), José Salvatierra (LD Alajuelense); Michael Umaña (CS Cartagines), Juan Pablo Vargas (Herediano), Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps FC/CAN)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Randall Azofeifa (CS Herediano); David Guzman (Portland Timbers/USA); Jimmy Marin (Herediano), Bryan Ruiz (Sporting Clube de Portugal/POR); Ulises Segura (Deportivo Saprissa); Yeltsin Tejeda (FC Lausanne-Sport/SUI); Rodney Wallace (New York City FC/USA)

FORWARDS (4): Jose Leiton (Herediano), David Ramírez (Deportivo Saprissa); Ariel Rodriguez (Bangkok Glass FC/THA); Marco Ureña (San Jose Earthquakes/USA);

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MNT Jul 20, 2017
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