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2015 Gold Cup: Costa Rica v Jamaica preview

Kick-off: July 8 @ 8.00 pm EST

Venue: Stubhub Center (Carson, California)

Previous meetings

Jamaica v Costa Rica 1-1 (2014 World Cup qualifier)
Costa Rica v Jamaica 2-0 (2014 World Cup qualifier)
Jamaica v Costa Rica 0-0 (International friendly)
Jamaica v Costa Rica 0-0 (International friendly)
Jamaica v Costa Rica 1-0 (International friendly)

Costa Rica

Last 5 matches:

Costa Rica v Paraguay 0-0 (International friendly)
Panama v Costa Rica 2-1 (International friendly)
Colombia v Costa Rica 1-0 (International friendly)
Spain v Costa Rica 2-1 (International friendly)
Mexico v Costa Rica 2-2 (International friendly)

Team News:

Costa Rica arrived at the 2015 Gold Cup without important players Keylor Navas (62/0), Oscar Duarte (21/2), Bryan Oviedo (26/1) and Yeltsin Tejeda (31/0), while Christian Bolanos (60/2) was overlooked.

The good news is that back-up keeper Esteban Alvarado has recovered from injury and he is fit to face Jamaica, with coach Paulo Wanchope tipped to revert to a four-man defence.

Players to watch: Joel Campbell, Bryan Ruiz.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Alvarado – Gamboa, Martinez, Umana, Diaz – Borges, Cubero – Campbell, Ruiz, Venegas – Ramirez.


Last 5 matches:

Jamaica v Venezuela 2-1 (International friendly)
Jamaica v Cuba 3-0 (International friendly)
Uruguay v Jamaica 1-0 (2015 Copa America)
Paraguay v Jamaica 1-0 (2015 Copa America)
Argentina v Jamaica 1-0 (2015 Copa America)

Team News:

A total of six players that represented the country at the 2015 Copa America have failed to make Jamaica Gold Cup roster, with Deshorn Brown (12/2) and Duwayne Kerr (13/0) the more notable missings.

Coach Winfried Schafer appears to have no selection problems ahead of the opening clash against Costa Rica, and he has challenged his players to improve in attack after failing to score in three Copa America matches.

Players to watch: Jobi McAnuff, Garath McCleary.

Probable starting line-up (4-4-1-1): Miller – Mariappa. Morgan, Hector, Lawrence – McCleary, Austin, Watson, McAnuff – Dawkins – Barnes.

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