The knockout stages of the CONCACAF Gold Cup has arrived with eight sides left to contend the trophy and for the USA it is a case of business as usual given that they have reached this stage of the competition on every occasion since it started back in 1981. The hosts have now avoided defeat in eleven games and with seven points from their three group matches they finished atop Group B. They have won all-but-one of their last eleven meetings with El Salvador and we envisage this record continuing when the sides meet on Thursday.
Bruce Arena’s men will be brimming with confidence heading into this clash although the 3-0 win over Nicaragua was their first clean sheet in five games, USA goals coming from Matt Miazga, Kelyn Rowe and Joe Corona. With that in mind, El Salvador will fancy their chances of getting onto the scoresheet on Thursday in their third Gold Cup quarter-final in four appearances in the tournament.
La Selecta progressed through to this stage of the tournament courtesy of being one of the best third-placed sides, however they have managed just a solitary victory in their last six outings and one doesn’t fancy their chances too much against a USA side which enjoy a far superior head-to-head record. As such, the smart money will be heading towards the hosts this week and at 5/1 a USA 2-0 win looks excellent value.