PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – On paper, the Concacaf Gold Cup quarterfinal Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field between the US men’s national team and Curacao looks to be a lopsided one (8 pm ET | FS1, Univision, UDN).
The USMNT stormed through Group D with three straight wins, outscoring their opponents 11-0 along the way. Meanwhile, Curacao advanced to their first Gold Cup knockout-round game via a stoppage-time equalizer against Jamaica in their third and final Group C game.
There are 49 places between the teams in the FIFA rankings, with the USMNT No. 30 and Curacao No. 79.
“I don’t think (Curacao) could be a dangerous team, they are a dangerous team,” USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter said Saturday. “It’s a good team, a lot of flexible movements offensively, they get into high positions with their fullbacks. The wingers are tucking inside, overloading the middle of the field and they have good players.”