FRISCO, Texas- Costa Rica is looking to clinch a berth in the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup quarterfinals following a historic 4-0 home win against Nicaragua, as it faces Bermuda for the first time in Gold Cup history.
“Bermuda is a team that played a very good in the first-half of the game against Haiti,” said Costa Rica Head Coach Gustavo Matosas in a pre-match presser on Thursday night.
“A team that has a very defined style of play with fast players. Its captain is a tall man; the other day he scored a goal. The goalkeeper is also a man of an important size. Overall what I saw very good as they faced Haiti, is that they played a first half with a well-defined style, and that made them a dangerous team. They scored a goal but they could have converted two or three, and that is a team that must be approached with precaution.”
Costa Rica, currently at the top of the standings for Group B, is looking for its ticket to the quarterfinals. For Matosas, players always have to be at their very best. Counting on players with experience such as 33-year-old attacker Bryan Ruiz, who has unique characteristics, is always a plus.
“He will be a key player against Bermuda,” said Matosas. “The way he continues to take advantage of his minutes played with a lot of class, a lot of enthusiasm. I saw him at practice, he had two shots on target, and he ran like a 21-year-old. Those are the details that as a head coach you like to see. It’s enthusiastic to see that passion.”