We’d think the United States would want a breather after their fantastic CONCACAF Nations League victory over rival Mexico on June 6. But the U.S. starts CONCACAF Gold Cup play in July, meaning they must stay sharp, which is one of the reasons the United States takes on Costa Rica in a friendly at Rio Tinto Stadium in Utah on Wednesday. Check out information on both Costa Rica and the United States before a final betting analysis so you can wager against their International Friendlies odds.
Soccer International Friendlies Betting Preview for USA Vs Costa Rica
2021 FIFA International Friendlies: USA Vs Costa Rica
- When: Wednesday, June 9 at 7:00pm ET
- Where: Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, UT
Why bet on Costa Rica?
Costa Rica heads into this match with 4 losses and a draw in their last 5. On paper, it doesn’t appear as if Costa Rica can hang with the U.S. But soccer matches don’t happen on paper. Also, the Costa Ricans have allowed just 3 goals in their last 5. The last couple of losses happened via penalty kicks, including a 0-0 regulation match with Mexico. The Costa Ricans could pull of the upset.
Costa Rica Last 5
- L – 2-2 vs. Honduras
- L – 0-0 vs. Mexico
- L – 0-1 vs. Mexico
- D – 0-0 vs. Bosnia & Herzegovina
- L – 2-1 vs. Basque Country
Costa Rica Predicted Starting Lineup
Why bet on USA?
The United States is on fire. Maybe, it’s because Christian Pulisic helped Chelsea to a Champions League victory last month. Or, maybe, it’s because the U.S. is finally coming into its own. Whatever the case may be, the United States played fast and lose versus Mexico and came out ahead. Even though this is a friendly, the U.S. knows they must stay sharp heading into the Gold Cup.
USA Last 5
- W – 3-2 vs. Mexico
- W – 0-1 vs. Honduras
- L – 2-1 vs. Switzerland
- W – 1-2 vs. Northern Ireland
- W – 4-1 vs. Jamaica
USA Predicted Starting Lineup
USA Vs Costa Rica Final Betting Analysis
After the victory over Mexico, we must consider the U.S. side close to elite. The Mexicans ranked tenth in the world before the loss. FIFA dropped Mexico a single spot, behind Denmark, but the Mexicans remain ranked ahead of world power Germany, the Netherlands, Croatia and Switzerland.
The U.S. leaped from twenty-third in the world to twentieth. Pulisic has been the difference. He brings gravitas to this U.S. squad. They are a different team now that the Blues’ forward has proven he can step onto the pitch and have success versus players like Kevin De Bruyne and Harry McGuire.
With that being written, Costa Rica has a fantastic defense. Los Ticos held Mexico to a clean sheet and only fell via penalty kicks. If Cost Rica plays their usual brand of defense, the U.S. won’t push the way they did on Sunday night, which means this will end in a draw.
Soccer Pick: Draw
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