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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

--

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

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

--

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

PREVIEW: U.S. MNT Set for Gold Cup Semifinal vs. Costa Rica

CHICAGO (July 20, 2017) – Fresh off a 2-0 shutout win against El Salvador in Wednesday’s Quarterfinal, the U.S. Men’s National Team continues its quest for a sixth confederation championship when it takes on Costa Rica in the Semifinals of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup on Saturday, July 22. Coverage from AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas begins at 10 p.m. ET on FS1, UniMas and Univision Deportes Network. Fans can also follow the game live on Facebook and Twitter at @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION (Club; Caps/Goals):
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas; 0/0) Bill Hamid (D.C. United; 3/0), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids; 116/0)

DEFENDERS (8): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City; 42/1), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca/MEX; 43/3), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas; 5/0), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest/ENG; 13/10), Matt Miazga (Chelsea/ENG; 3/1), Justin Morrow (Toronto FC/CAN; 3/0), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna, MEX; 9/0), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City; 51/5)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; 12/1), Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana/MEX; 9/2), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN; 134/17), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana/MEX; 20/3), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire; 10/0), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers; 18/1), Chris Pontius (Philadelphia Union; 5/0), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy; 35/6)

FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution; 25/3), Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC/CAN; 105/37), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC; 135/56), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; 20/4)

U.S. MNT EARNS 2-0 QUARTERFINAL VICTORY VS. EL SALVADOR
The U.S. MNT weathered the challenging and physical early minutes of Wednesday’s encounter vs. El Salvador and utilized late first-half goals from defenders Omar Gonzalez and Eric Lichaj to earn a 2-0 victory against Los Cuscatlecos in front of 31,615 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

Gonzalez headed home his second goal in as many matches to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead, flicking on Michael Bradley’s free kick from the left in the 41st minute. Just six minutes later, Lichaj made a smart run to get on the end of a pass from Clint Dempsey before burying his first international goal through the legs of El Salvador goalkeeper Derby Carrillo.

The win pushed the U.S. to its 13th Semifinal appearance in 14 Gold Cup tournaments, setting up Saturday’s showdown with Costa Rica. 

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY FOR U.S. DEFENDERS
Omar Gonzalez and Eric Lichaj’s goals against El Salvador put them in rare company. The pair of strikes marked just the third time in the Modern Era (1990-present) that two U.S. defenders scored in the same game. It’s also the second instance in the last two years and first time in official competition.

Here are three occurrences since 1990:

Two U.S. MNT Defenders Scoring in the Same Game

Date

Result

U.S. Defenders

Competition

March 26, 2008

3-0 W at Poland

Onyewu, Bocanegra

Friendly

Jan. 31, 2016

3-2 W vs. Iceland

Orozco, Birnbaum

Friendly

July 19, 2017

2-0 W vs. El Salvador

Gonzalez, Lichaj

2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarterfinal

CLINT DEMPSEY, MICHAEL BRADLEY CLIMBING UP THE CHARTS
Veteran reinforcements Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley made their first appearances of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, and with them moved up the U.S. MNT all-time lists in two different categories.

Appearance wise, Dempsey earned his 135th cap to move past Jeff Agoos into third on the U.S. MNT’s all-time list. Bradley also earned his 134th cap to tie Agoos for fourth.

The U.S. captain then tallied his 22nd career assist on Gonzalez’s 41st minute header, which moved him into a tie for second with Cobi Jones on the U.S. MNT’s assist list. Dempsey provided the helper on Lichaj’s strike, which pushed him into a deadlock for fourth on the all-time assist list with Claudio Reyna at 19.

Here’s a look at the Top 5 in both categories:

U.S. MNT All-Time Caps Leaders

U.S. MNT All-Time Assists Leaders

Cobi Jones

164

Landon Donovan

58

Landon Donovan

157

Michael Bradley

22

Clint Dempsey

135

Cobi Jones

22

Michael Bradley

134

Clint Dempsey

19

Jeff Agoos

134

Claudio Reyna

19

ARENA CONTINUES SUCCESSFUL START TO SECOND TENURE
Wednesday’s win also extended the USA’s current unbeaten streak to 12 matches, all occurring since Bruce Arena returned as National Team coach last November. With a 7-0-5 record, the current 12-game unbeaten streak sets a new record for the longest at the beginning of a U.S. MNT head coaching tenure, besting the mark set by Bob Bradley, who led the U.S. to a 10-0-1 record during his first 11 games in charge in 2007. 

GOLD CUP HISTORY VS. COSTA RICA
Costa Rica defeated Panama 1-0 in Wednesday’s earlier Quarterfinal, setting up Saturday’s Semifinal clash. While the all-time series between the 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 from the date the teams met in a 1993 Gold Cup Semifinal, 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


UTILIZING ROSTER DEPTH
Setting out to test his full roster at the tournament, Arena started 22 different players during the Group Stage. The U.S. head coach continued to utilize nearly his entire roster when he handed starts to additions Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard and Darlington Nagbe in Wednesday’s win against El Salvador.

In total, 27 of the 29 players who have been on the roster have started one of the USA’s four Gold Cup matches, with only Sean Johnson (Group Stage goalkeeper) and Jesse Gonzalez (Knockout Round addition) yet to appear in the tournament.

“I think one thing we’ve benefited from in the tournament was that we had been able to look at a lot of players and see how they fit in in the big picture, and if there’s anything I get out of the Gold Cup it’s going to be that,” Arena said.

CAUTIONS WIPED OUT
Following the Quarterfinals, all players with yellow cards had their cautions erased and start with a clean slate going into the Semifinal. The U.S. had three players pick up yellow cards in its first four matches: Joe Corona, Justin Morrow and Darlington Nagbe.

KNOCKOUT ROUND FORMAT CHANGES
CONCACAF has implemented a few changes for this year’s Knockout Round. If Quarterfinal and Semifinal matches are tied at the end of 90 minutes, the games will bypass the normal 30 minutes of extra time and move straight to penalty kicks. Extra time will only be played in the Final if teams are tied at the end of 90 minutes. In that case, teams will also be allowed a fourth substitution to be used during the additional 30 minutes. These changes mirror those that were implemented during last summer’s Copa America Centenario. 

A PROVING GROUND
U.S. MNT players have long used the confederation championship as an extended audition for a place at the FIFA World Cup. Dating back to 1993, 18 players with 10 or less caps have made the jump from the most recent Gold Cup roster onto a FIFA World Cup roster (see table below). Most recently, current MNT center back Matt Besler utilized the USA’s run to the 2013 championship to make his way onto the 2014 roster in Brazil.

U.S. MNT Players From Gold Cup to World Cup

1993 Gold Cup/1994 World Cup

Brad Friedel, Cle Kooiman, Roy Wegerle

1998 Gold Cup/1998 World Cup

Frankie Hejduk, Juergen Sommer

2002 Gold Cup/2002 World Cup

DaMarcus Beasley, Landon Donovan, Pablo Mastroeni

2005 Gold Cup/2006 World Cup

Jimmy Conrad, Clint Dempsey, Marcus Hahnemann, Oguchi Onyewu

2009 Gold Cup/2010 World Cup

Clarence Goodson, Stuart Holden

2013 Gold Cup/2014 World Cup

Matt Besler, Mix Diskerud, Nick Rimando, Chris Wondolowski

WHAT IS THE CONCACAF GOLD CUP?
Held every two years, the Gold Cup is the regional championship for CONCACAF, the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football. Along with lifting a trophy and earning supremacy in the confederation, the winner of the Gold Cup earns a place in the CONCACAF Cup, a one-game playoff that determines the region’s representative at the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup. Should the same team win both in 2017 and 2019, they will automatically earn a place in the tournament.

Placed in Group B, the U.S. opened the tournament with a 1-1 draw against Panama on July 8 in Nashville and defeated Martinique 3-2 on July 12 in Tampa. The team concludes the Group Stage with its first-ever meeting against Nicaragua on July 15 in Cleveland. The top two teams in each of the three groups automatically advance to the Quarterfinals and will be joined there by the two best third-place finishers.

USA HISTORY IN THE GOLD CUP
The United States has won five editions of the tournament, beginning with the inaugural 1991 Gold Cup when the team defeated Mexico 2-0 in the Semifinal before downing Honduras on penalty kicks in the Championship. Current U.S. MNT head coach Bruce Arena is one of two managers to win the tournament twice, lead the side to its second and third titles in 2002 and 2005 respectively and the team followed those up with wins in 2007 and 2013. In 13 editions of the tournament, the U.S. has played in the Final nine times and has advanced to the Semifinal on 13 occasions.

EUROPEAN VACATION
The regular European-based contingent for the MNT is in the midst of a much-needed break between now and the World Cup next summer. Having completed their club seasons in May, the group went straight into camp for the World Cup Qualifiers in June. After a 14-day camp preparing for the rigors of altitude, the U.S. emerged with four points from two games including a huge draw away to Mexico. Now two weeks into holidays, they begin to return to preseason shortly with the hopes of earning regular playing time for the upcoming campaign.

USA ROSTER NOTES:

  • The U.S. is in the midst of 12-match unbeaten streak, going 7-0-5 since Bruce Arena returned as head coach.
  • The current streak is the best start to a U.S. MNT head coaching tenure, beating the 10-0-1 stretch the team went on to start Bob Bradley’s time on the job in 2007.
  • Arena has handed starts to 27 of 29 players during through the first four games of the tournament.
  • Omar Gonzalez and Eric Lichaj both scored in Wednesday’s match vs. El Salvador, marking just the third time in the modern era (1990-present) that two U.S. MNT defenders have scored in the same match.
  • The U.S. has seen its nine goals tallied by seven different players, more than any team in the tournament.
  • With his appearance vs. El Salvador, Clint Dempsey moved past Jeff Agoos and into third on the U.S. MNT all-time caps list with 135. Captain Michael Bradley now sits tied with Agoos for fourth with 134.
  • Bradley’s assist on Gonzalez’s 41st minute goal was the 22nd of his international career, tying him with Cobi Jones for second on the U.S. MNT all-time assist list.
  • Dempsey’s helper on Lichaj’s goal was his 19th, tying him with Claudio Reyna for fourth all-time on the assist list.
  • With 56, Dempsey sits just one back of Landon Donovan for the U.S. MNT’s all-time goal scoring lead.
  • Dempsey’s 12 all-time Gold Cup goals also rank him second behind Donovan, who tallied 18 in the competition.
  • With three goals, Dempsey is the U.S. MNT's all-time leading scorer against Costa Rica. He scored in both Final Round 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers -- a 1-0 win on March 22, 2013 in Commerce City, Colo., and 3-1 loss on Sept. 6, 2013 in San Jose. Dempsey also tallied his 50th career international goal in a 4-0 win during Copa America Centenario on June 7, 2016 in Chicago.
  • Bradley has also previously scored against Costa Rica, tallying the first goal in the USA's memorable 2-2 World Cup Qualifying draw on Oct. 14, 2009 in Washington, D.C. 
  • Goals have come from Jordan Morris (2), Omar Gonzalez (2), Joe Corona, Dom Dwyer, Eric Lichaj, Matt Miazga and Kelyn Rowe. 
  • The U.S. MNT roster features a trio of FC Dallas players in Kellyn Acosta, Jesse Gonzalez and Matt Hedges. Both Homegrown products, Acosta also hails from nearby Plano, while Gonzalez is from Dallas proper. 
  • Defender Omar Gonzalez is also from Dallas and along with Clint Dempsey, came up with the Dallas Texans youth club. 
  • With the roster additions, eight players were part of the 2014 FIFA World Cup team: Jozy Altidore, Matt Besler, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Omar Gonzalez, Brad Guzan, Tim Howard and Graham Zusi.
  • A majority of the roster comes from Major League Soccer, with 17 players representing 11 clubs.
  • Six players come from clubs outside of M.L.S., with four from Mexico and two from England.
  • Twelve players have previously been part of a Gold Cup roster: Juan Agudelo, Jozy Altidore, Matt Besler, Michael Bradley, Joe Corona, Clint Dempsey, Omar Gonzalez, Bill Hamid, Tim Howard, Eric Lichaj, Gyasi Zardes, Graham Zusi
  • Bedoya also has the most CONCACAF Gold Cup experience, earning 13 appearances during four different confederation tournaments (including 2017).
  • Guzan was one of two U.S. players to play every minute of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup and was awarded the tournament’s Golden Glove as best goalkeeper.
  • Six players were on the U.S. MNT’s last Gold Cup-winning side in 2013: Bedoya, Besler, Joe Corona, Gonzalez, Bill Hamid and Sean Johnson.
  • Ten players are also alumni of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy: Acosta, Agudelo, Arriola, Corona, Jesse Gonzalez, Hamid, Miazga, Morris, Rowe and Zardes.

U.S. MNT IN THE GOLD CUP

  • Beginning with the inaugural title in 1991, the U.S. has lifted the Gold Cup on five occasions. Current MNT head coach Bruce Arena guided the side to the 2002 and 2005 championships, while the team also went on to win in 2007 and 2015.
  • Arena is one of only two managers to win the Gold Cup twice. Bora Milutinovic led the U.S. to the 1991 title before managing Mexico to championship in 1996.
  • The USA has more wins in the CONCACAF Gold Cup than any other nation, going 54-8-9 all-time.
  • The U.S. has gone 22-7-5 during the tournament’s Knockout Round.
  • With a 16-1-4 record in the Gold Cup, Arena is also the winningest head coach all-time in the competition.
  • The U.S. manager is 6-1-3 in the Knockout Round and 14-0-4 overall vs. CONCACAF opposition in the tournament.
  • The MNT has advanced to the Final on nine occasions: 1991, 1993, 1998, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013.
  • The USA has made it to the Semifinals in 13 out of 14 tournaments, missing out only in 2000.

USA-COSTA RICA NOTES

  • The MNT is 14-15-6 all-time vs. Costa Rica and 13-6-4 on U.S. soil.
  • The USA is 6-0-1 against Costa Rica in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, with the lone draw coming in the final Group Stage match at the 2005 tournament when the team had already advanced.
  • A Bruce Arena-led U.S. side defeated Costa Rica 2-0 in the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final, which stood as Los Ticos lone appearance in the championship match.
  • The U.S. and Costa Rica have met once before in the Semifinals, coming on July 21, 1993 when Cle Kooiman’s golden goal handed the MNT a 1-0 extra time victory at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.
  • The sides traded 4-0 wins during 2016. The U.S. defeated Costa Rica 4-0 in the second Group Stage match of Copa America Centenario on June 7, 2016 in Chicago, while Costa Rica won by the same score line in World Cup Qualifying on Nov. 15, 2016, in San Jose.
  • U.S. MNT head coach Bruce Arena led the team to a 4-3-2 record in nine meetings during his first tenure in charge.
  • Both teams have played previous Gold Cup matches at AT&T Stadium. The U.S. MNT defeated Honduras 3-1 in the 2013 Semifinal, while Costa Rica downed Cuba 5-0 during a 2011 Group Stage encounter.
  • The two sides are slated to meet again in 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying on Sept. 1 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.

COSTA RICA ROSTER

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);

COSTA RICA NOTES

  • Costa Rica has been managed by former National Team defender Oscar Ramirez since 2015.
  • Los Ticos are 5-2-6 in 2017 and are currently on a seven-match unbeaten streak of their own, going 4-0-3.
  • Costa Rica won Group A, defeating Honduras 1-0 (July 7), drawing Canada 1-1 (July 11) and beating French Guiana 3-0 (July 14). In Wednesday’s Quarterfinal, a 77th minute own goal from Panama midfielder Anibal Godoy gave Costa Rica the 1-0 win. 
  • Saturday’s game will mark Costa Rica’s fifth Semifinal appearance and first since 2009.
  • Costa Rica’s best finish at the tournament came in 2002 when they fell 2-0 to the USA in the Final.
  • Fourteen players on the 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. 
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