Our prediction for this Gold Cup 2017 match:
As expected, United States of America defeated El Salvador in the 2017 Gold Cup quarter-finals. The Yanks are determined to regain the trophy, but Sunday's football match against Costa Rica will be anything but a walk in the park for the tournament hosts. Bruce Arena's, though, have been raising their form day by day and that is the main reason why we predict USA will book their place in the final. Los Ticos, on the other hand, recorded a hard-fought win over Panama in the quarter-finals, but seeing that key player Joel Campbell remains in the recovery room, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on Oscar Ramirez's team. Costa Rica rolled over USA in the World Cup qualifiers earlier this year, meaning that the Yanks are hungry for revenge. In their last meeting at the Gold Cup USA emerged triumphant.
Highlighted Player (Keylor Navas):
Keylor Navas is an exceptionally gifted goal keeper who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Costa Rica national team. The 29-year-old rose through the youth ranks at Saprissa before making his professional bow with them in 2005.
After a successful stint with them, he ventured into Spanish football with a move to Albacete and then to Levante. His exploits at Levante earned him a move to Real Madrid where he quickly established as a first-team regular. Despite coming within seconds of moving away from the club to accommodate David de Gea, Navas became a crowd favorite with outstanding displays in 2015-16 season.
Navas has played over 60 games for Costa Rica having made his debut in 2008. He has represented them at the 2014 FIFA World Cup where Costa Rica were a losing quarter-finalists. Their progress in the tournament is largely attributed to the success of Navas under the sticks.
Highlighted Team (United States):
The United States Men’s National Soccer Team commonly referred to as the USMNT have been playing at the international level since 1916 and their debut 3-2 win at Sweden. The USMNT have first appeared at a FIFA World Cup in 1930 when they achieved their best ever result by reaching the semi-final of the competition and ultimately finishing third, which remains the joint highest finish of any team outside of the UEFA and CONMEBOL confederations.
Following the 1950 FIFA World Cup, the United States did not qualify for the tournament until 1990. The US also hosted the competition in 1994, going out to lose to Brazil in the round of 16. Hosts of the Copa America Centenario, the United States will try to record a noticeable result on home soil under the leadership of Germany legend Jurgen Klinsmann.
The US have bright history in the century-old tournament and will hope to repeat the glorious 1995 run when they finished fourth.