The Costa Rica male soccer team game against the Mexico team in the Concacaf Nations League Semifinals at the Mile High city stadium
in Denver Colorado was set for June 3. - Concacaf photo -
Costa Rica male soccer team plays at Denver stadium
Published Monday, April 19, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff and wire services
The Costa Rica male soccer team game against the Mexico team in the Concacaf Nations League Semifinals at the Mile High city stadium in Denver Colorado was set for June 3.
The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football, Concacaf, will host the inaugural League Finals from June 3-6. The CNL Finals will be followed by an eagerly anticipated 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup.
The League Finals games on June 3 are: Honduras vs the United States and SF2: Mexico vs Costa Rica. The June 6 Third Place Match and Final are scheduled to be: Loser SF1 vs Loser SF2 and Winner SF1 vs Winner SF2.
The semifinals, third-place match and final, all to be played in Empower Field at Mile High, home of the NFL's Denver Broncos, will see Honduras vs United States followed by Mexico vs Costa Rica.
The semifinal matchups were determined by the outcome of group stage play in the Fall of 2019, with the four League A winners qualifying for this exciting CNL Finals.
Denver and Empower Field at Mile High have hosted several high-profile football events in the past, including matches at three Concacaf Gold Cups (2013, 2017 and 2019).
All four matches are scheduled to take place during the first June FIFA match window. The semifinals will be played on June 3, followed by the third place match, and final on June 6. The CNL Finals were originally scheduled for June 2020 but were rescheduled due to the covid-19 pandemic.
"The Concacaf Nations League includes all 41 of our Member Associations, making it a true celebration of our football, our region and our unity as One Concacaf," Concacaf President and FIFA Vice President Victor Montagliani said. "The 2019 group stage was a huge success in delivering more competitive football for all men's national teams across Concacaf. Now, we can look forward to a great final four in the outstanding facility that is Denver's Empower Field at Mile High, and to crowning a first ever Concacaf Nations League champion."
Readers looking to support the Tico team can buy the tickets for the match on Monday, April 26, via Ticketmaster.com, beginning at 10 a.m. MST. Updated information on the game will be published on the Concacaf site.
The CNL Finals will serve to crown the first-ever champion of a competition created to provide high-quality competitive football for all 41 Concacaf Member Associations and maximize the official match dates available within the FIFA international calendar.
Concacaf will in due course provide information regarding any local and federal covid-19 protocols which will need to be observed.
At the close of the first-ever Concacaf Nations League group stage play in November 2019, the following national teams qualified to the Finals: United States (Group A winner), Mexico (Group B winner), Honduras (Group C winner) and Costa Rica (Group D winner).
Per the competition regulations, the four League A Group winners have been ranked to determine the semifinal matchups, with the highest-ranked team playing the lowest-ranked team. The final standings are as follows:
• Mexico (12 pts, +10)
• Honduras (10 pts, +7)
• USA (9 pts, +12)
• Costa Rica (6 pts, +1)
The Concacaf Nations League kicked off in September 2019 with a group stage play, which delivered exciting competition and set the course for the journey to the Concacaf Nations League Finals. The CNL group stage also served to qualify teams for the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup.
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