Costa Rica vs. United States
|Date & Time||Tuesday June 7, 2016, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: United States -111 / Costa Rica +335 -- Over/Under: 2
The United States and Costa Rica square off Tuesday night in the Copa America at Soldier Field.
The United States looked lifeless in its 0-2 loss to Colombia Friday night, as a goal in the eighth minute zapped the energy out of the building and it was all downhill from there. The United States just couldn’t get anything going offensively despite having the ball 54 percent of the match and getting just two shots on goal. Clint Dempsey had the best chance to score late in the second half on a free kick that required an impressive save. USA has proven its solid defensively but has to be more aggressive on the offensive end. Guys have to push the pace a little bit more and create more opportunities to find the back of the net. For the most part, Brad Guzan played well in the loss and provides hope in this next match. However, Alejandro Bedoya and Fabian Johnson need to create more offense.
Costa Rica is coming off a physical 0-0 Saturday draw against Paraguay. The teams combined for five yellow cards and one red card which was given out to Kendall Waston. While it seemed at times both clubs were fine sharing a draw, it was Costa Rica who was the slightly more aggressive team with four of its six shots on target and controlling the ball for nearly 50 percent of the match. Bryan Ruiz and Celso Borges had two of those three shots on goal. Goalie Patrick Pemberton only needed to come away with one save as Costa Rica flexed it's muscle defensively. It will be interesting to see how Costa Rica bounces back from such a draining and physically match on a quick turnaround. However, Costa Rica will be in good shape if its defense travels.
This should be an interesting match considering both clubs can play better than what they showed in their opening matches. The United States should come out with more energy and needs this win to have any chance of advancing, while Costa Rica should spend more time trying to score rather than being physical and pushing around its opponent.
Either way, you have to give the edge to the USA. There’s more talent on that side and the home crowd in Chicago should help them get over the hump.