HOUSTON, Texas – Costa Rica’s 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup campaign may be over, but there was nothing to feel disappointed about for Head Coach Gustavo Matosas.
Costa Rica narrowly fell 5-4 in a penalty shootout with Mexico following a 1-1 draw in Saturday night’s quarterfinal, in which the Ticos battled with their counterparts for 120 minutes, becoming the first team to hold Mexico under three goals in this Gold Cup.
Following the match, Matosas showered his team with praise for their performance.
“First I want to congratulate my players. They put forth a marvelous effort and I’m left feeling proud for the effort they made,” said Matosas.
“I think that the players have shown that they can play at a high level,” added Matosas.
Costa Rica’s play in Group B ended in frustrating fashion with a 2-1 defeat to Haiti, but against Mexico, Matosas saw a team that played more to his liking.
“The lesson from this Gold Cup is to continue working on what I do, on what I like. The players like to be more offensive, without fear, without having to be careful. Against Haiti we took some very good feelings from the defeat,” said Matosas.
To conclude, Matosas believes this Gold Cup process will make his entire team stronger for what comes next.
“The team leaves strengthened, because the players realize that they can maintain the intensity. The players pressured in midfield. The team leaves very strengthened for what is coming. The Gold Cup ends in which I brought players ready for the tournament; now more will come in,” concluded Matosas.