Costa Rica and USA Winners of CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarter Finals in Clean Sheet Fashion

It was CONCACAF Gold Cup Double Header night at Lincoln Financial Field. 31,615 International Futbol fans were treated to two ragged but right Clean Sheets to set up the first Semi Final Match-Up.

 2017 ConCaCaf Gold Cup Quarter Final Match One: Costa Rica vs. Panama crcpan

 Costa Rica Starting XI:

18 GK Patrick PEMBERTON , DF’s 2 Johnny ACOSTA, 3 Giancarlo GONZALEZ , 6 Jose SALVATIERRA, 15 Francisco CALVO, 24 Kendall WATSON, MF’s 10 Bryan RUIZ (C), 17 Yeltsin TEJEDA, 20 David GUZMAN, FW’s 7  David RAMÍREZ, 21 Marco UREÑA

Panama Starting XI:

12 GK Jose CALDERON, DF ‘s 2 Michael MURILLO , 5 Fidel ESCOBAR , 17 Luis OVALLE , 23 Roberto CHEN , PAN, 6 Gabriel GOMEZ (C) , COL, 8 Edgar Yoel BARCENAS , 11 Armando COOPER, 20 Anibal GODOY , FW’s 9  Gabriel TORRES, 18 Miguel CAMARGO

1st Half:

The match started mostly played at midfield with the teams feeling each other out for the first 15′ The pace picked up a bit after that as some fouls allowed for close-in free kicks, but no real dangerous chances for either side.

La Marea Roja looked the better team most of the half, outshooting Los Ticos 5-1, but Costa Rica did turn it on a bit late. The half ended with neither team denting the score sheet. CR did not even get their first shot until the 44′.

2nd Half:

The second session saw play open up as far as chances and fouls. After a period that looked like a M*A*S*H triage, a free kick following a yellow card to Panama’s Godoy, lead to the first and only goal of the match on an own goal by the heretofore mentioned Godoy.

Costa Rica had some good chances to extend the lead late, and Panama had the last shot on a free kick near the end of stoppage time, but the Final Whistle saw Costa Rica moving on, with a 1-Nil decision over Panama.


Costa Rica Subs:

Ariel Rodriguez  for  David Ramírez  65′,  Ulises Segura  for  Ariel Rodriguez 77′,  Kenner Gutiérrez for Yeltsin Tejeda 86′

Panama Subs:

Abdiel Arroyo for Armando Cooper 58′, Leslie Heráldez for Gabriel Gómez  68′, Valentín Pimentel for Miguel Camargo 71′


Costa Rica Cards:

David Ramirez 21′

Panama Cards:

Aníbal Godoy 75′


2017 ConCaCaf Gold Cup Quater Final Match Two: USA Vs. El Salvadorusaslv

USA Starting XI:

24 GK Tim Howard, D’s,15 Eric Lichaj, 3 Omar González, 21 Matt Hedges, 16 Justin Morrow, MF’s 20 Paul Arriola, 26 Michael Bradley (C), 25 Darlington Nagbe, 9 Gyasi Zardes, 28 Clint Dempsey, FW 27 Jozy Altidore,

El Salvador Starting XI:

18 GK Derby Carrillo, D’s 21 Bryan TamacasHenry RomeroIván Mancia13 Alexander Larín10 Gerson Mayen, MF’s 12 Narciso OrellanaDarwin Cerén (C)Denis Pineda, FW’s 11 Rodolfo ZelayaNelson Bonilla

1st Half:

Opposite of the first match of the night, this one started with plenty of action. US had two corners on the first 8′ and the ref had to step in and give some stern talking to’s after some chippy pushing and shoving. The teams went back and forth, getting chippier by the minute, as the ref handed out a yellow to each side in the space of 3′.

US poured it on late in the half scoring two goals after the 40′. The first was a header by Omar González with a man hanging on his back, his second goal of the tournament. All three of his career US team goals have come in Gold Cup competition. Then in stoppage time  Eric Lichaj starts a run of play, and then takes a pass from Clint Dempsey to go one on one with El Salvador goalie Carrillo, and chips it by him.

Overall, though sloppy and slow to start, a decent first half for The Yanks, as they outshot La Selecta 10-5, 9 on target, and won TOP 61 % – 39%.

2nd Half:

El Salvador came out hot to start the 2nd session, but the US weathered that storm and did a good job at maintaining possession. That is all they had to do, keeping the mistakes at a minimum.

La Selecta pressed hard at the end as all the players were obviously struggling from the heat and humidity, but in the end the US defense and Tim Howard held the Clean Sheet intact. This was evidenced by Costa Rica narrowing the stat sheet to 12 shots to US’ 9 and TOP down to 56% to 44%

The result, as sloppy as Head Coach Bruce Arena said the game was at the start of the post game presser as I tweeted below, earned them the right to move on to the Semi-Final round against Costa Rica on Saturday 7/22/17 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas 10:00 PM EDT.



USA Subs:

Jordan Morris for Paul Arriola 66′, Kellyn Acosta for Gyasi Zardes 71′, Chris Pontius for Darlington Nagbe 87′

El Salvador Subs:

Óscar Cerén for Gerson Mayen 56′, Edwin Sánchez for Denis Pineda 78′, Harold Alas for Nelson Bonilla 83′


USA Cards:

Darlington Nagbe 21′

El Salvador Cards:

Iván Mancia 18′, Alexander Larín 59′, Henry Romero 82′,  Bryan Tamacas 83′

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