USA vs Costa Rica: America take on old rivals as Gold Cup draws closer

After claiming glory in the CONCACAF Nations League, USA will be looking to continue their momentum against Costa Rica.

When: Thursday, June 10, 00:00 BST

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America's 3-2 extra-time victory against Mexico was an absolute classic. That victory not only sealed the inaugural Nations League title but also put some respect back into American soccer.

The failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup was a travesty however, the national side has come back swinging.

United States players celebrate after winning the CONCACAF Nations League
United States players celebrate after winning the CONCACAF Nations League

Over the next few weeks, Gregg Berhalter's side will have an opportunity to claim a second trophy when the CONCACAF Gold Cup gets underway.

The Yanks will be hoping to use this upcoming friendly with Costa Rica as perfect preparation ahead of the tournament.

Last Three Matches

USA 1-0 Costa Rica (Friendly - January 2, 2020)

In their last head-to-head encounter, it was the Americans who came away victorious.

Ulysses Ilanez converted a second-half penalty to put the US in-front.

Costa Rica failed to find a response as the hosts celebrated the win.

USA 2-0 Costa Rica (Friendly - February 2, 2019)

A year before, the United States also walked away as the winners.

The Americans certainly left it late after bagging both of their goals in the final ten minutes of the contest.

Sebastian Lletget grabbed the opener before Paul Arriola sealed victory in the 88th minute.

USA 0-2 Costa Rica (World Cup Qualifier - September 1, 2017)

During their last competitive clash, it was Costa Rica who picked up a memorable win.

The Americans needed a win to try and improve their World Cup qualification hopes. Instead, a brace from Marcos Urena earned the visitors a historic victory.

The three points helped Costa Rica on their way to booking a spot at the World Cup. America, meanwhile, went on to finish fifth in the group and miss out on a trip to Russia.

Last ten head-to-heads

USA wins: 6

Draws: 0

Costa Rica wins: 4

USA goals: 12

Costa Rica goals: 10

Forget the past - America are in good form

With seven wins from their last eight games, the United States are certainly in good form ahead of the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Berhalter has a high-quality team to his disposal, with individuals who represent some of the world's biggest soccer clubs.

United States forward Christian Pulisicand Sebastian Lletget
United States forward Christian Pulisicand Sebastian Lletget

On paper, the Americans shouldn't have many problems against an out-of-form Costa Rica outfit.

No momentum in Costa Rica camp

Ronald Gonzalez Brenes' men are without a win in ten straight internationals.

Most of them may have been friendlies and all of them have been relatively close games. Nevertheless, the form table certainly makes for poor reading.

All of Costa Rica's recent seven defeats have either come by a margin of one goal or via extra time.

With that in mind, we can certainly expect a close game when Los Ticos arrive at the Rio Tinto stadium.

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