Our match prediction:
United States experienced all sorts of problems in the opening match of their Copa America Centenario campaign. The Yanks suffered a 2-0 loss to Colombia in their first group game, meaning that they are desperate to grab something from Wednesday’s football clash against Costa Rica. Jozy Altidore misses the tournament with injury and in his absence, a man to watch in the home team will be Clint Dempsey. Given the importance of the match for the hosts, we are positive that Jurgen Klinsmanns’s men are going to leave their hearts on the field this time out. Costa Rica, on the other hand, played out a goalless draw with Paraguay in their opener and they certainly face an uphill task in Wednesday’s game against USA. Jurgen Klinsmann has a number of high-profile players to choose from and, taking everything into account, we predict that the host are going to emerge triumphant in their second group game.
Highligted Player (Campbell):
Joel Campbell is a highly rated 23-year-old versatile forward who plays for the English Premier League club Arsenal and the Costa Rica national team. His versatility has seen him operating as a forward or on the wings. Campbell often hogs the headlines with his fast-paced runs on the wings and breathtaking goals. He was highly rated by Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger and was snapped up as a teenager in 2011 but spent his first three seasons at the club on loan at three different clubs. His competitive debut at Arsenal came only in 2014 but has become a regular with the national squad. He has earned 55 caps already and has 11 goals to his credit in national colors. He has already played in CONCACAF Gold Cup and Copa America. But it is his success as a key member of the 2014 FIFA World Cup quarter-final reaching squad that is a highlight of his career so far.
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.