USA vs Curacao : We just watched the Women’s team defeat France and now we get to watch the Men’s team take on Curaçao in the Gold Cup quarterfinals.
== MATCH INFO ==
Team: USA vs Curacao Live
Competition: Concacaf Gold Cup
Date: Sunday, June 30
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
With that being said, Curaçao is a feisty bunch of players and are looking to take out the USA who enters this game in great form in this Gold Cup. Without conceding a goal in the group stage, the USMNT are in fine form. They won their first two matches comfortably and their last match against Panama 1-0 after setting out a whole new starting 11.
What USMNT are we going to see against Curaçao? We’re probably going to see the same starting 11 we saw against Trinidad and Tobago. That includes a center back pairing of Walker Zimmerman and Aaron Long, with Nick Lima and Tim Ream at outside back. The midfield will likely include Paul Arriola and Tyler Boyd at outside midfield and a center midfield trio of Michael Bradley, Weston McKennie and Christian Pulisic. Up front will likely be Gyasi Zardes even though there could be an argument for Jozy Altidore to get the nod.
First off, let’s start with the forward controversy. To begin, it’s not really a controversy as both strikers have proven to be productive in this tournament. Zardes notably scored three goals, one even with his face. Altidore scored last time out, but Zardes barely saw any time.
Between Pulisic and the USMNT’s attack consisting of Zardes, Arriola, Boyd and the likes of McKennie and Bradley supplying the balls, they’re going to be in good shape. Defensively, they’re in good shape as the partnership between Long and Zimmerman have developed quite nicely over this tournament.
USMNT: Will it be Gyasi Zardes or Jozy Altidore in attack? Well, it shouldn’t really matter. This is a matchup in which neither should have trouble scoring. While Curacao plays with strength, the defense is at times too undisciplined. If that is the case here, the U.S. should get plenty of chances on goal to put this one away early.