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Gold Cup quarterfinals preview: Predictions, key players and what to watch for

We are down to the final eight teams in the Gold Cup. Central American stalwarts Honduras and El Salvador have gone home, while surprises abound like Curacao and Haiti, plus the top teams in the region like Mexico and the United States.

Here is the lowdown on each of the four quarterfinal clashes:


WHERE: NRG Stadium, Houston WHEN: Saturday 7:00 PM ET

THE STORY SO FAR: For the first time in its history, Haiti finished atop their Gold Cup group and head into the knockout round...

Against Mexico, Costa Rica may see Gold Cup run end sooner than thought

HOUSTON -- Costa Rica coach Gustavo Matosas' message to Mexico ahead of the Gold Cup quarterfinal on Saturday was stark: "I'm going to defeat them."

The Uruguayan knows Mexican football inside out after leading Leon to promotion and then back-to-back Liga MX championships in 2013-14. He even went to high school with former Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto for a time when Matosas' father played for Toluca. But it's going to take a significant improvement from Los Ticos on Saturday in Houston's...

2019 Gold Cup ultimate preview: Can anyone topple Mexico or the U.S. this summer?

You have to go back to the 2000 Gold Cup to find a winner who isn't Mexico or the United States,  but 2019 sees both of those sides enter the tournament with more questions than answers, and they'll be hunted down by teams full of dynamic young talent threatening to upend the order in North and Central America.

The U.S. enter the tournament as defending champions, but all has not gone well for the Stars and Stripes since lifting their continental crown in 2017. After failing to qualify...

Substitutions save Mexico in back-and-forth win over Costa Rica

MONTERREY, Mexico -- The Mexican national team had to rally twice on Thursday night to ultimately beat CONCACAF rivals Costa Rica in a entertaining friendly at Estadio Universitario. Here are three thoughts from Mexico's win over Costa Rica. 

1. Super-subs rescue win for Mexico

This was a flawed, but ultimately satisfactory night for Mexico. The 3-2 victory over Costa Rica ended a streak of four consecutive losses and after being down 2-1 at half-time, El Tri should be happy with what was...

Costa Rica's recent rise has created a new regional rival for Mexico

MEXICO CITY -- The Estadio Azteca earned its reputation as a fortress for Mexico's national team by way of sheer physical imposition. The cavernous building is surrounded by stands that appear to rise straight up into the sky, filled to the brim with fans on game day.

Coupled with Mexico City's high altitude and notorious smog, the Azteca literally takes the opposition's breath away. These conditions combined to provide El Tri with a near-guaranteed win against opposition for the whole of the 20th...

Switzerland limp into World Cup knockouts as Sommer shows his worth

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia -- Three quick points from Switzerland 2-2 Costa Rica in Group E at the World Cup.

1. Switzerland make it through but must improve

Through behind only Brazil, and on paper things look pretty sweet for Switzerland. But in this performance against Costa Rica, a 2-2 draw, they looked limp and disengaged for long spells; not qualities which bode well for progression further into the tournament.

The Swiss go through to face Sweden in the next round, and of all the teams through...