FRISCO, Texas – Costa Rica (1W-1D-0L, 4 points) will be targeting a 10th consecutive trip to the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals, when it faces French Guiana (0-0-2, 0) on Friday night at Toyota Stadium.
Currently, the Ticos, who have one win in their last eight Gold Cup matches, occupy second place. They trail Canada (1-1-0, 4) on goal difference (+2 to +1).
It will be French Guiana’s first match since being notified in the early hours of Friday morning that the Gold Cup Disciplinary Committee ruled it must forfeit its match against Honduras after the sides played to a 0-0 draw on Tuesday.
In that encounter, the Yana Dòkòs used an ineligible player, Florent Malouda. The former Chelsea midfielder had previously represented France internationally, meaning that he could not – under FIFA rules – compete for another national association.
Here are some storylines to watch:
- Costa Rica has scored and conceded one goal or fewer in five straight Gold Cup matches. Finding the net more frequently against French Guiana could help ease anxiety about progression.
- Costa Rica goalkeeper Dany Carvajal could be in line for his Gold Cup debut. The 28-year-old custodian recently joined Spanish second-division side Albacete from Saprissa.
- In its first-ever Gold Cup game against Canada, Florent Malouda did not play and French Guiana scored two goals in a 4-2 loss. Malouda did play in the second match against Honduras, a 0-0 draw. What can we expect from the French Guiana offense against an experienced Costa Rican back line?
- How will French Guiana respond after forfeiting a match and losing a point in the standings?