Costa Rica To Face US In Gold Cup Semifinals After With Panama

Blake blocks a shot against Mexico during the first half

Blake blocks a shot against Mexico during the first half

Retired Premier League referee Peter Walton, now general manager of the Professional Referee Organization that oversees on-field officials in the U.S. and Canada, said video technology can be a solution.

Whenever Darlington Nagbe gets on the ball, he has an internal checklist that he goes through.

During that tourament, a mostly domestic-based Ticos side earned a 1-3-1 record, defeating only Belize 3-0, while playing to draws with El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras.

Panama's best scoring chance came in the 73rd minute, when Gabriel Torres turned and put a bouncing shot on frame from just inside the 18-yard box, but Pemberton did well to deny.

The additions give the US squad a more familiar look than the experimental lineups that featured in the group stage. "So whilst we're looking for the grappling, the grabbing, the tripping, the blocking, maybe we should be opening our repertoire to other areas of player behavior".

This is the first match of a Gold Cup doubleheader on Wednesday. As such, only striker Erick Torres of Houston Dynamo plays outside of the country at the club level. It's scheduled to start at 8:15 pm in Arlington, Dallas.

Larin is back for the Canadians.

So why doesn't he do it more often?

The last time the U.S. national team lost a soccer game, Jurgen Klinsmann was the coach, Bruce Arena still worked for the Galaxy and Donald Trump had been the president-elect for only a week. But there are little micro-facets that form the core of their passion, that are the means to the end.

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All three groups went down to the final games to decide the qualifiers for the final stages.

"That's in the past", Gonzalez said. "Me, I like providing that, so I'm happy doing that". Regardless, this could be a tight affair that ends up being decided by one play.

Will El Salvador try and take it to the US?

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It's Costa Rica's first win in a Gold Cup quarterfinal since 2009. Word is, the team has practiced penalties but they have not been a focus.

Fact you may not know: if any of these quarterfinal games are tied after 90 minutes, it will go straight to penalties.

This Gold Cup is not a "farce", though, as one gifted American soccer analyst called it. It can be farcical, as when El Salvador's Henry Romero simultaneously bit U.S. striker Jozy Altidore and twisted his nipple while both awaited a corner kick.

Jeff Carlisle covers MLS and the U.S. national team for ESPN FC.

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