Costa Rica looks to continue its winning ways at the Gold Cup
After just one game at the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup, Costa Rica (1-0-0, 3 points) is already on a roll. They poured on the offense in a 4-0 victory over Nicaragua last weekend, and now they look to continue that trend against a Bermuda team (0-1-0, 0 points) in Group B that had a somewhat stagnant offense in a 2-1 loss to Haiti. Costa Rica is the best team in the history of this tournament never to win the Gold Cup trophy, but they're hoping to change that this year. While Bermuda, making its Gold Cup debut, realizes just how stiff the competition in this event is.
Costa Rica vs. Bermuda
When: Thursday, June 20 at 9 p.m. ET
Where: Toyota Stadium (Frisco, Texas)
TV: FS1 and Univision
Three Things to Watch
1. Costa Rica's offense
They scored four goals in last weekend's opener vs Nicaragua. They've now scored 32 goals in Gold Cup openers, gone 2-0-1 in their last three opening games, and have an overall record of 8-3-3 in opening matches in this event. Getting those four goals was a team effort in which midfielders Celso Borges, Elias Aguilar, and Allan Cruz, along with defender Bryan Oviedo, all found the back of the net against Nicaragua. Team ball is what Costa Rica does better than most.
2. Bermuda has potential
They scored a goal on Haiti - courtesy of team captain Dante Leverock - and showed signs of life in other categories as well. They had possession of the ball 46 percent of the time, had seven shots on goal, recorded 13 steals, and earned six corner kicks. Costa Rica will be a major step up in competition for the Bermudans, but they'll at least have a formula to work with.
3. Costa Rica's hot streak
They have gone unbeaten in five of their last six Gold Cup games (4-1-1), they've scored in seven of their last nine Gold Cup matches, and they've only surrendered four goals in their last seven contests. Costa Rica's efficiency and consistency are tough for any team to contend with.
Bermuda's day could come at some point, but it won't be in this game as Costa Rica's experience and success will push them to victory. But after this game, Bermuda will understand what it takes to succeed in the Gold Cup.
Prediction: Costa Rica 4, Bermuda 1
— Gabe Salgado is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. He's also written for NBC, Fox, The Sporting News, The Sports Journal, The Undefeated and Complex. He's a co-host of The Rewind Sports: 60. Follow him on Twitter @GabeSalgado82.