Game Notes: Costa Rica v Panama
Costa Rica’s Marco Ureña (pictured) had a goal and an assist in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup group stage. (Photo: AFP)
53Games Played37
81Goals For53
64Goals Against45

Match Officials

Referee: Oscar Moncada (Honduras)
Assistant Referee 1: Hermenerito Leal (Guatemala)
Assistant Referee 2: Melvyn Cruz (Honduras)
4th Official: Marvin Torrentera (Mexico)


Costa Rica: none
Panama: none

Single Caution

Costa Rica: Christian Gamboa, Giancarlo Gonzalez, David Guzman, Patrick Pemberton, Kenner Gutierrez
Panama: Gabriel Torres, Abdiel Arroyo, Anibal Godoy

Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
July 19, 2017 – 6:00 p.m. ET (6:00 p.m. local)

Costa Rica

• Last Time Out at the Gold Cup (GC): Costa Rica 3, French Guiana 0 ... Ariel Rodriguez and Rodney Wallace scored their first career GC goals, before David Ramirez punctuated the scoreline

with the second GC goal of his career as the Ticos finished atop Group B and ensure their 10th consecutive quarterfinals appearance

• 2017 Gold Cup results: 1-0 win v Honduras (Marco Ureña 39’); 1-1 draw v Canada (Francisco Calvo 42’); 3-0 win v French Guiana (Ariel Rodriguez 4’; Rodney Wallace 79’; David Ramirez 83’)

• Gold Cup appearances: 13 (1991, 1993, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017) ... Gold Cup record: GP-53; W-18; D-16; L-19; GF-81; GA-64 ... Best Finish:

Runner-up-1 (2002) ... Top GC Scorer: Walter Centeno (9 goals)​

• Qualification method: 4th place, 2017 Central American Cup (GP-5; W-1, D-3; L-1; GF-4; GA-2) ... Goals: Jose Guillermo Ortiz (2); Johan Venegas, Francisco Calvo (1)

• 2017 Copa Centroamericana results: 0-0 draw v El Salvador, 3-0 win v Belize, 0-0 draw Nicaragua, 1-1 draw v Honduras, 0-1 loss v Panama ... Costa Rica, which entered the competition as

two-time defending champion, has won a record eight Copa Centroamerica titles … 2017 Copa Centroamericana scorers: Jose Guillermo Ortiz (2 goals); Francisco Calvo, Johan Venegas (1)

• 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying: 2nd place, CONCACAF ​fifth round (GP-6; W-3; D-2; L-1; GF-9; GA-4)

• 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying, CONCACAF fifth round results: 2-0 win v Trinidad and Tobago (H), 4-0 win v United States (H), 0-2 loss v Mexico (A), 1-1 draw v Honduras (A), 0-0 draw v

Panama (H), 2-1 win v Trinidad & Tobago (H) ... Remaining matches: United States (A), Mexico (H), Honduras (H), Panama (A)

• GC Quarterfinal Record: GP-9; W-3; D-1; L-5; GF-16; GA-13 … Eliminated at quarterfinal stage in last three appearances ... last quarterfinal win (July 19, 2009): 5-1 v Guadeloupe (Celso

Borges 3’; Alvaro Saborio 16’, 71’; Andy Herron 47’; Pablo Herrera 89’)

• Progressed beyond group stage in 2015 despite failing to record a single victory in group play (0W-3D-0L) ... in 2015 edition, failed to win a match for second time in 12 GC appearances

• Conceded at least one goal in all nine previous GC quarterfinal matches … one total goal scored in last three GC quarterfinal games

• Last win v Panama (2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying): September 6, 2016 – Costa Rica 3 (Christian Bolaños 18’, 79’; Ronald Matarrita 84’), Panama 1 (Luis Tejada 90’+2 pen)

• Conceded one goal or fewer in last six CG games … with 3-0 win v French Guiana, snapped five-match GC stretch of scoring one goal or fewer

• GC Record against Central American teams: GP-11; W-4; D-3; L-4; GF-15; GA-13

• Captain Bryan Ruiz, the 2016 CONCACAF Player of the Year, has appeared in three previous Gold Cup editions ... the Sporting Lisbon forward’s two GC goals were scored 10 years apart: 3-2

quarterfinal loss to Honduras in 2005 & 1-1 draw with El Salvador in 2015

• Seven players on current roster have scored in GC (including 2017): Marco Ureña (4 goals); David Ramirez, Bryan Ruiz (2); Francisco Calvo, Ariel Rodriguez, Rodney Wallace (1)

• Head Coach: Oscar Ramirez (Costa Rica) ... since 2015 ... second Gold Cup as national team coach ... played in three matches at 1991 Gold Cup


• Last Time Out at the Gold Cup (GC): Panama 3, Martinique 0 … Gabriel Torres scored his second goal of the tournament and seventh of his GC career as Panama finished group play unbeaten

for a fourth consecutive GC appearance … Panama took second in Group B behind the United States on the goals-scored tiebreak (6-7) after both finished with 7 points

• 2017 Gold Cup Results: 1-1 draw v USA (Miguel Camargo 60’); 2-1 win v Nicaragua (Ismael Diaz 50’; Gabriel Torres 57’); 3-0 win v Martinique (Michael Murrillo 44’; Abdiel Arroyo 60’; Gabriel

Torres 67’)

• Gold Cup Appearances: 8 (1993, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017) … Gold Cup Record: GP-37; W-12; D-15; L-10; GF-53; GA-45 … Best Finish: Runner-up-2 (2005, 2013) … fell to

U.S. in 2005 final, 1:3 on penalties, after a 0-0 draw … lost to U.S. in 2013 final, 1-0, on Brek Shea’s goal (69’) … Top GC Scorer: Blas Perez (11 goals)

• Qualification method: 2nd place, Copa Centroamericana (Record: GP-5; W-3; D-1; L-1; GF-4; GA-2) … tournament held at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City …

• 2017 Copa Centroamericana results (round robin): 0-0 draw v Belize, 2-1 win v Nicaragua, 0-1 loss v Honduras, 1-0 win v El Salvador, 1-0 win v Costa Rica … 2017 Copa Centroamericana

scorers: Abdiel Arroyo, Armando Cooper, Roderick Millier, Josiel Nunez (1 goal)

• 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying (WCQ): currently sits in fourth in CONCACAF fifth round (GP-6; W-1; D-4; L-1; GF-4, GA-4) … overall 2018 qualifying record: GP-12; W-4, D-5, L-3; GF-11, GA-

9 … seeking first-ever World Cup berth … would qualify for an inter-confederation playoff with a fourth-place finish

• 2018 FIFA WCQ, CONCACAF fifth round results: 1-0 win v Honduras (A), 0-0 draw v Mexico (H), 1-0 loss v Trinidad & Tobago (A), 1-1 draw v United States (H), 0-0 draw v Costa Rica (A), 2-2

draw v Honduras (H) … Remaining fifth-round matches: Mexico (A); Trinidad & Tobago (H); United States (A); Costa Rica (H)

• With 3-0 victory v Martinique, Panama kept its first clean sheet in 12 matches … previous shutout was 0-0 draw v fellow 2017 quarterfinalist Canada (July 14, 2013)

• GC Quarterfinal Record: GP-6; W-1; D-3; L-2; GF-11; GA-8 … advanced on penalties after all three quarterfinal draws … only outright quarterfinal win (July 20, 2013): 6-1 v Cuba (Gabriel Torres

25’ pen, 37’; Carlos Rodriguez 68’; Blas Perez 78’ 88’; Jairo Jimenez 85’) … appearing in GC quarterfinals for seventh consecutive time

• Scored and conceded at least one goal in each of previous six quarterfinal games … scored one goal in each of five GC quarterfinals, six in the other

• Last win v Costa Rica (2017 Copa Centroamericana): January 22, 2017 – Panama 1 (Armando Cooper 67’), Costa Rica 0

• Have won consecutive GC matches for the first time since beating Cuba (6-1) and Mexico (2-1) in the quarterfinals and semifinals in 2013 … Finished third in 2015 GC without winning any of six

games, posting an overall record of 0W-5D-1L

• Record against GC Central American opposition: GP-7: W-3; D-2; L-2; GF-12; GA-11 … unbeaten in last five GC games against fellow Central American sides … never faced Costa Rica,

Guatemala or Belize in a GC match

• With five goals, forward Gabriel Torres was joint-top scorer in 2013 GC with Landon Donovan and Chris Wondolowski (both USA)

• Head Coach: Hernan Dario Gomez (since February 2014) … an experienced international coach who has managed his native Colombia twice, as well as Ecuador and Guatemala (both in Gold

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