This was another big match for this Octavio Zambrano Canada side as they headed down to BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston and pull out a huge point against one of the better sides in CONCACAF as they drew Costa Rica one all.
From the start of this one, it looked like Costa Rica didn’t play to their full potential as they are still on course to qualify for the World Cup in Russia, but does this result maybe knock down their confidence as Canada is starting to heat up.
The opening goal came in the 26th minute. As Scott Arfield and Alphonso Davies combined to give Canada the lead. Arfield was along the far side of the field and looked to attack the Ticos. As Arfield cuts into the area he gives a low cross to the near side and on his horse, Davies skips around Christian Gamboa and pounds it in.
Davies who is becoming an up and coming superstar in MLS and in World Soccer scored his third goal in two Gold Cup matches. What a fantastic surprise this kid has been and every Canadian supporter is hoping that he continues his good luck in this tournament.
But Canada coughed up the lead as Costa Rica found the equalizer late in the first half. Francisco Calvo who plays for Minnesota United FC knotted it up at one apiece in the 41st minute.
A big cross from David Guzman inside the Canada area and making a big run to the ball and a leaping header was Calvo and the match was leveled at one a piece. But that’s all Costa Rica could muster on the offensive end as Milan Borjan made some great saves in the second half to keep Canada alive by taking a point.
But at the end of this match, there is worry about Davies as he was subbed out in the 69th minute with a possible right foot injury as he either was stepped on or twisted his ankle and his Vancouver teammate Fraser Arid came on for him.
But at the end of the night, Canada finds a way to take a point from one of the Central American Zone Giants in Costa Rica as they remain atop of Group A and will face Honduras in their final Group Stage match and book a ticket to the Gold Cup Quarterfinals.