Costa Rica vs. Cuba, 2013 Gold Cup: Preview and TV schedule

USA TODAY Sports

The Cubans haven't seen any of their players defect yet, but they've left a couple of stars at home to combat that problem. That makes Costa Rica massive favorites.

While Costa Rica have allowed a number of their best European-based players to stay with their clubs and participate in preseason training, they've probably brought the closest thing to a first team out of CONCACAF's powers and the legitimate contenders to win Gold Cup. First up are Cuba, who have left their best players at home for entirely different reasons.

As The Bent Musket noted, Marcel Hernandez and Carlos Francisco, two of the team's best young players from the Caribbean Cup (the Gold Cup qualifying tournament) have not been called up to the team. The Cuban national team have a long history of their players defecting to the United States while traveling for international competitions and this Gold Cup should be no exception, even if two of the country's stars were left at home.

Bryan Ruiz, Joel Campbell, Cristian Bolaños and Keylor Navas are among the stars who have been left off the Costa Rican roster, but the likes of Alvaro Saborio, Celso Borges, Michael Umaña and Junior Diaz provide them with plenty of attacking punch and experience. They're big favorites on Tuesday night, and they should give the United States a run for their money for the group win.

Match date/time: Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. ET

Venue: JELD-WEN Field, Portland, Oregon

TV: FOX Soccer (U.S. - English), UniMas (U.S. - Spanish), Sportsnet World (Canada), ESPN (U.K.)

Follow @SBNationSoccer on Twitter | Like SB Nation Soccer on Facebook

More in Soccer:

Fiorentina ready to challenge for the Scudetto

Christian Benteke hands in transfer request

Sympathy for the Pulis

Transfer rumours from SB Nation and our team blogs

Full coverage of the NWSL

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.