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United States vs. Costa Rica: Key Battles to Watch in Gold Cup Clash
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After starting out the CONCACAF Gold Cup with two impressive wins in group-stage play, the United States men’s national team now prepares to face Costa Rica with the top spot in Group C on the line.

While both teams have already qualified for the knockout round, the winner of the U.S.-Costa Rica matchup on Tuesday, July 16, in East Hartford, Conn., will likely avoid Honduras in the quarterfinals on July 21 in Baltimore.

U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has also called Costa Rica "the first real benchmark for us" after the Americans cruised to easy wins over lowly Belize and an outmatched Cuban side by a cumulative 10-2 score.

With first place in Group C on the line, here are the key battles to watch between the U.S. and Costa Rica.

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