HARRISON, New Jersey – Costa Rica Head Coach Gustavo Matosas is keeping a sense of calm following his team’s 2-1 defeat to Haiti in its 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup Group B finale on Monday night at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.
While the Uruguayan manager was disappointed with the result, there were still many positives to take from the Ticos’ performance in the first half when they led 1-0 going into halftime.
“We have spoken before about the rough moments before in matches,” said Matosas in his post-match press conference.
“More than worrying, I would like to think about the first half. That is the Costa Rica that I always want to see, but sometimes things happen caused by the opponent, by our own errors. But I would like to talk more about the good minutes Costa Rica had in the first half,” added Matosas.
Up next for Costa Rica will be a quarterfinal clash with Mexico on Saturday night in Houston.
Four years ago in the 2015 Gold Cup the two teams met at the quarterfinal stage, with Mexico taking home a 1-0 win in extra time.
The lessons learned in Monday night’s defeat from the errors made are things that Matosas wants to focus on ahead of the contest with El Tricolor.
“I think that Haiti took advantage of some errors in our positioning to counterattack us quickly. Perhaps we lacked calm in that aspect. We need to keep working so it does not happen again,” concluded Matosas.