Semifinal Glance: Costa Rica v USA
Can Clint Dempsey (pictured) and his U.S. teammates remain unbeaten against Costa Rica in CONCACAF Gold Cup play, when they meet in the semifinals on July 22, 2017, in Arlington, Texas, USA. (Photo: AFP Services)

ARLINGTON, Texas – Costa Rica is in somewhat of an unusual situation ahead of its meeting with the United States in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals on Saturday night at AT&T Stadium.

In 35 all-time games between them, the Ticos hold a 15-14 advantage in wins. None of those victories, however, were gained in seven Gold Cup meetings against the Americans, who have amassed a 6W-1D-0L record.

If you’re looking for answers to this dichotomy, they won’t be found in the most recent results.  The U.S. beat Costa Rica, 4-0, in the 2016 Copa America Centenario.  Five months later, in World Cup Qualifying, the Costa Ricans reversed that result, earning a 4-0 win of its own.

Here are some storylines to watch:

- The U.S. is the highest-scoring team in the current Gold Cup, netting four times in nine games.  Can it find the net against a Costa Rican defense that has conceded only once?

- Will the memories of 4-0 loss at Costa Rica in November have any impact in this pivotal Gold Cup encounter?

- Costa Rica has been to only one Gold Cup final, losing 2-0 to the U.S. in 2002.  Motivation is not a question, but are there doubts about beating the Americans for a first-ever in the Gold Cup?

- The injury bug has bit Costa Rica at the Gold Cup.  Will depth and/or fatigue play a role in performance?