With this advancement to the knockout rounds already set, the United States faced their toughest competition of the Gold Cup in their final group-stage match. Costa Rica again proved tricky for the U.S., as they did in the snowmageddon World Cup Qualifier back in March. But after 82 tedious minutes, the home side finally broke through with a goal from Brek Shea.
It was Shea's first international goal at the senior level and it comes at a great time for him as he has been rather invisible since his move to Stoke City in January. (Aside from his gun-toting Instagram picture, that is.) It was also set up by a wonderful pass from Landon Donovan, who is proving his class all over again in this tournament.
Finishing the group-stage in first place with three wins, the U.S. will play El Salvador in the quarterfinals while Costa Rica will face Honduras. Elsewhere, Mexico must get past Tinidad and Tobago and Panama go against Cuba.