Bermuda coach Lightbourne hails effort vs. Costa Rica: “We are proud”
Bermuda´s Head Coach Kyle Lightbourne respond the media after the match of the Group B of the Concacaf Gold Cup against Costa Rica in the narrow 2-1 loss at the Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas on June 20, 2019.

FRISCO, Texas – In its narrow 2-1 loss on Thursday night in 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup Group B, Bermuda gave Costa Rica a 90-minute battle, showcasing why it belongs in the Concacaf tournament

Head Coach Kyle Lightbourne is well aware that this is just the beginning, as Bermuda looks to work on building its program.

“We deserve to be here, we pushed a World Cup team for 90 minutes,” said Lightbourne in his post-match press conference. “We are proud. When speaking to the players, they are disappointed about the result, but there is a bigger picture along the line. So, work for us is just beginning. We have to stay at this level. I am very proud of the team and can’t ask for more, other than to take our chances.”

Bermuda has had a steady presence over its two performances in the 2019 Gold Cup. GK Dale Eve made seven saves against Los Ticos, which helped the Gombey Warriors stay in striking distance of Costa Rica in Thursday’s match in Frisco, Texas.

FW Nahki Wells was able to convert a penalty to pull a goal back for Bermuda as they had fallen two behind, but it was not enough as the final score ended 2-1 in favor of Costa Rica.

“I am proud of the team, proud of the coaching staff, proud of everyone,” said Wells. “Obviously disappointed, but it’s a learning curve. Its new for me, new for my teammates but it’s a learning curve, and it’s something that we can build from and I know we competed against some very good nations.”

Now that Bermuda has debuted in its first two matches of the 2019 Gold Cup and showed the world its fast-paced style of play, it will be seeking its first-ever Gold Cup victory against Nicaragua in its group finale.

“I know what we are capable of and I know the world now knows what we are capable of,” mentioned Wells.