Sport USA vs. Costa Rica: Time, TV channel, streaming, betting odds, prediction for June 9
US urging Central America to tackle poverty, corruption
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is trying to entice Central American nations to tackle the corruption and poverty that have helped drive a surge of migrants to the U.S.-Mexico border and presented an early challenge for the Biden administration. In his first visit to Central America since taking office, America's top diplomat has met with foreign ministers and leaders from the region and Mexico. On the two-day trip ending Wednesday, Blinken has avoided publicly criticizing any particular government, focusing instead on Biden administration plans to distribute COVID-19 vaccines and other assistance, such as a proposed $4 billion aid packa
After a thrilling Nations League final triumph over Mexico that has fans dreaming again, the U.S. men’s national team will want to avoid the classic letdown match by finishing camp strong in a friendly against Costa Rica (7 p.m. ET).
Both the USA and Costa Rica are expected to give some extended time to players who have not featured in the last seven to 10 days. Costa Rica has already promised to freshen up the starting lineup after using the same team against both Mexico and Honduras in the Nations League Final Four.
But the USMNT is a deeper team and there’s competition for starting spots with World Cup qualifying just a couple of months away. Goalkeeper Zack Steffen (bone bruise), defender Bryan Reynolds (bone bruise) and defender Matt Miazga (wedding prep) will not be with the team. Nashville central defender Walker Zimmerman replaces Miazga, and Nations League hero Ethan Horvath is expected to start (on his birthday) in place of Steffen. Orlando forward Daryl Dike will also be available to play and he has been in camp with the USA over the past two weeks.
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In the pregame news conference, head coach Gregg Berhalter and midfielder Tyler Adams both hammered home the urgency of showing they can perform at a high level across four straight matches in a condensed schedule. This game matters to them.
If they can beat Costa Rica, the USMNT will have logged victories over three of their direct competitors when the final round of qualifying kicks off in September. It’s the perfect tone-setter with a Gold Cup tournament still to be played in July.
What time is USA vs. Costa Rica?
- Date: Wednesday, June 9
- Time: 7 p.m. ET
The USA will host Costa Rica in an international friendly at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. The Americans have four wins and a draw in the five all-time matches they’ve played in the state.
Blinken's visit to Costa Rica is smart first step
The State Department was wise to widen the scope of its Central America policies beyond the troubled, poverty-ridden Northern Triangle — Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, the source-countries of the migrant surge at our southern border — to include prosperous, stable Costa Rica. To underscore this wider regional vision, Costa Rica has invited ministers from the other six Central American countries, plus the Dominican Republic and Mexico. A staunch U.S. ally, Costa Rica (population more than 5 million) is a proud liberal democracy. Its open economy is deeply integrated into U.S.
How to watch USA vs. Costa Rica in USA
- TV Channels: ESPN2
- Spanish-language: UniMas, TUDN
- Live stream:
The match will be available on TV in English (ESPN2) and in Spanish (UniMas and TUDN) and those networks can be streamed live on.
USA vs. Costa Rica betting odds & prediction
The USA’s depth is a big reason why they’re the favorites, and they should win this comfortably. There are plus-numbers available for different combinations of U.S. victories and the -1 Asian Handicap is also available at plus-money at the time of publication.
Costa Rica are winless in 10 games and they are coming off two heartbreaking penalty kick shootouts. This is not the moment they’ll be springing the upset, especially with an alternate team taking the field.
With more than 17,000 fans in attendance for the match, the U.S. team will not want to disappoint. They’ll keep the good times rolling.
Prediction: USMNT 3, Costa Rica 1
Odds courtesy of DraftKings:
- USA to win: -167
- Draw: +295
- Costa Rica to win: +460
- USA to win 1st half: +112
- USA to win and both teams to score: +300
- USA to win at halftime AND fulltime: +140
- USA to win both halves: +335
- USA -1 Asian Handicap: +104
No Letdown for USMNT in Camp-Closing Rout of Costa Rica .
The U.S. finished off its international window with a 4-0 rout of Costa Rica, turning the page quite comfortably after an emotional Nations League final win vs. Mexico. View the original article to see embedded media.Any fears that the U.S. men's national team would suffer from a hangover and let its guard down after Sunday's thrilling Concacaf Nations League final win over Mexico were quickly extinguished.Brenden Aaronson scored in the eighth minute, Daryl Dike and Reggie Cannon scored the first senior international goals of their respective careers, Gio Reyna came off the bench to convert a penalty kick and the U.S.