Our prediction for this Gold Cup match:
Having rolled over Nicaragua (4-0) in their 2019 Gold Cup opener, Costa Rica will be looking to move one step closer to clinching top position in Group A with a win over Bermuda at Toyota Stadium. Los Ticos impressed in their first group game, but coach Gustavo Matosas must warn his men against complacency. The underdogs, on the other hand, suffered a 2-1 loss to Haiti in the opening match of their Gold Cup campaign and seeing that they are low on confidence ahead of the trip to Texas, we are tempted to put our money on los Ticos.
A man to watch in Gustavo Matosas’ team will be former Arsenal ace Joel Campbell, who is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. You should bear in mind that Costa Rica recorded a routine 3-1 win over Bermuda in their last meeting in a competitive match.
Highlighted Player (Celso Borges):
Celso Borges is an experienced 28-year-old central midfielder who currently plays for Spanish club Deportivo La Coruna and the Costa Rica national team. Borges was a youth prospect at Saprissa before making his making his professional debut at the age of 18.
He had a very successful career winning five national championships with Saprissa. Borges later had stints at various clubs before joining Deportivo in 2015 initially on loan and then permanently. He played in the 2005 U-17 FIFA World Championships and was considered among the best players of the tournament. His youth team exploits earned him a senior team debut in 2008 after which he became a regular with the national team.
Borges has already earned a total of 85 caps for Costa Rica and found the back of the net 19 times. He had a successful run with the national team in 2014 FIFA World Cup reaching the quarter-finals.
Highlighted Team (Bermuda):
Bermuda are yet another team that are affiliated to the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF). The Gombey Warriors play their home games at Bermuda National Stadium, with the team wearing red kit when hosting their rivals.
The team’s away colour, on the other hand, is blue. Bermuda have yet to participate at the FIFA World Cup finals, but they will have a chance to prove their worth at the 2019 CONCACAF Championship. The Bermudans impressed in the qualifiers for the tournament, with the team scoring 17 goals in the process.
Leonard Shaun Goater is the team’s most notable player. The retired attacker played for the likes of Manchester City, Bristol City, Rotherham United and Reading during his football career and it has to be noted that he scored 32 goals in 36 appearances for the Bermuda national football team. Leonard Shaun Goater is still the team’s top scorer.