The CONCACAF Nations League resumes Thursday, June 3 as the Mexico and Costa Rica square off in the second semifinal of the evening. The two teams met March 30 in a friendly with Mexico winning 1-0. Here’s how both squads stack up ahead of the semifinal match.
Mexico has played eight international matches since September 2020, going 6-1-1 (W-L-D) in those contests. Hirving Lozano is on fire, scoring the last three goals for the team. It’ll be interesting to see who starts in goal for Mexico. Guillermo Ochoa is the experienced goalkeeper, but Alfredo Talavera has played the last two matches. Mexico is the favorite to win CONCACAF Nations League at +100.
Players to watch: Hirving Lozano, Andres Guardado, Hector Herrera, Jonathan dos Santos, Carlos Salcedo, Jesus Gallardo, Edson Alvarez
Costa Rica has struggled since February 2020, going 0-5-2 (W-L-D) in seven friendlies. The most recent match was a 1-0 loss to Mexico. Keylor Navas is a recognized star in goal, but will Costa Rica find magic from one of its forwards in this match?
Players to watch: Keylor Navas, Johan Venegas, Bryan Ruiz, Barlon Sequeira, Bryan Oviedo, Felicio Brown Forbes
How to watch Mexico vs. Costa Rica
Date: Thursday, June 3
Time: 10:00 PM ET
TV channel: None
Live stream: Paramount+
Current odds for Mexico vs. Costa Rica
Moneyline: Mexico -200, Costa Rica +625, Tie +310
Our pick: Mexico 2, Costa Rica 0
El Tri will be looking to continue a dominant stretch of international play and Costa Rica is struggling. Mexico simply has more talent and Lozano is finding the back of the net often of late. He’ll be favored to score again in this one.