Costa Rica could be in for Group A challenge in Gold Cup

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

By Andrew Ryan
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Technically speaking, Costa Rica isn't even the de facto "1-seed" in Group A of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Los Ticos are actually technically second best to Honduras. That said, there is no doubt which one of these teams should end up with the top slot in the group when it's said and done with. The big question will be in the chase for third.

Honduras +2500 – Honduras won Copa Centroamerican in Panama, a tournament in which Costa Rica was flat out pathetic. Though that earned it the top spot in Group A, there's a long way to go to win this foursome. That said, this is a team that should easily advance into the last eight of the Gold Cup as well. Houston Dynamo teammates Romell Quioto and Boniek Garcia should be leading the charge for a relatively conservative offense. The real power of this team, though, is in the back. Maynor Figueroa, Emilio Izaguirre and Brayan Beckeles are all defenders who have at least 50 games of experience under their belts playing for the Hondurans. All three play on legitimate middling clubs on the international stage in FC Dallas, Celtic and Necaxa respectively. These three are going to be the real key to keeping Honduras alive in the Gold Cup as long as possible.

Costa Rica +350 – No one expects Los Ticos to struggle in the Gold Cup the way they did in Copa Centralamericano when they managed just six points in five matches and barely snuck into this field. We've already see Costa Rica perform much more admirably in the Hex in World Cup qualifying. This team revolves around the performance of captain, Bryan Ruiz. Ruiz has been on this team for over a decade and is a mainstay in the lineup for Sporting CP in Portugal. Ruiz and Joel Campbell make up one of the more formidable attacking duos in this tournament, and that should give Costa Rica a legitimate shot for its first ever Gold Cup title.

Canada +5000 – The Canadians are starting to evolve just a bit as a soccer nation with the inclusion of the Vancouver Whitecaps, Montreal Impact and Toronto FC in the MLS. The Canucks won't have young phenom, Cyle Larin for this tournament, and that could be a big problem. This is a young team with very likely just one starter over the age of 30, 37-year old Patrice Bernier. There is some leadership here, but if we're being honest, this is still a team that's void of talent. The Canadians had better snare all three points against French Guiana in the opener, or they're going to be headed for a Gold Cup exit after just three matches.

French Guiana +50000 – French Guiana is playing in the Gold Cup for the very first time. It's a big moment for this nation, especially after a best-ever third place finish in the Caribbean Cup earlier this year. There is most certainly a lack of notable players on this roster. Rhudy Evens and Mickael Solvi figure to be the top attackers on the club, and they both play on local club teams in French Guiana. There's a tremendous Ligue 1 influence on this roster, as you very well might imagine. Ludovic Baal, Loic Baal and Cedric Fabien all play in France domestically, though just Ludovic Baal actually plays in the top flight for Rennes.

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