2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Part Two: Preview of Semi-Finals and Final

Only Four Teams Remaining in the Gold Cup – What’s Left to Come?

By Columnist Matt Lieberman

 

Looking ahead to the semi-finals, here are five top Quibbls about the US-Costa Rica (Saturday 10PM ET) and Jamaica-Mexico (Sunday 9PM ET) matches this weekend.  If you’ve missed the action thus far, check out Part One of Quibbl’s Gold Cup coverage.

 

Who will win the Gold Cup semi-final match between the U.S. and Costa Rica?

In a battle of the goalies, the U.S.’s Tim Howard goes up against Costa Rica’s Gold Cup brick wall in Patrick Pemberton. The question is who will be able to squeak one past these formidable defensive juggernauts?
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How many goals will the U.S. score in regulation?

The U.S. and the opposing net have been a friendly pairing this tournament, with the Americans scoring seven goals in three games of Group Play and putting through two more during the quarter-finals.  This time, they’re going up against Costa Rican goalkeeper Patrick Pemberton, who has only let up one goal in the Gold Cup, that one being in Group Play.
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Who will win the semi-final match between Jamaica and Mexico?

The Jamaican side is led by Portland Timbers forward Darren Mattocks, who has 14 goals in less than 40 appearances.  The Mexican side is headed by goaltender José de Jesús Corona, who leads the current squad with almost 46 appearances.
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How many goals will be scored in the semi-final match between Jamaica and Mexico?

Jamaica has netted five goals in four games in the tournament thus far, with Mexico putting in six goals in four games,
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Who will win the tournament?

Each of the four sides remaining has a reason to believe that their nation will be crowned 2017 Gold Cup champions.  The U.S. has star power, Costa Rica has stellar goaltending, Jamaica has youth, and Mexico has an experienced midfield.  Only time will tell.
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