FRISCO, Texas – After capturing first place in Group A by earning a 3-0 victory over French Guiana in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup on Friday, Costa Rica feels that it may be hitting its stride.
For the Ticos, netting a trio of goals in the same game represents something of a milestone. They hadn’t scored more than two in a Gold Cup match against a team other than Cuba since striking for five against Guadeloupe on July 19, 2009.
Rodney Wallace, who tallied in the 79th minute, liked what he saw, but wasn’t ready to overrate the performance.
“I think that this was a must-win for us. I wouldn’t say this was the win that is going to guide us through,” said the 29-year-old winger. “I think that we’ve had better performances, but it’s a long tournament and we have to take it as it comes. We were able to beat them and get a couple of goals and the goals are important in the group stage.”
The offensive outburst has Wallace believing that Costa Rica is on the right path at the right time.
“It’s always important to score goals,” he finished. “I thought that it was good for our team to get those goals. At the end of the day, we’re the ones that have to get the job done.”
Costa Rica will face Panama in the quarterfinals on Wednesday in Philadelphia, having been eliminated at the same stage in the last three Gold Cup editions.