Date: Friday, March 24
Time: 8:00 PM EDT
Venue: Independence Park (Kingston, Jamaica)
Referees: REF: Jair Marrufo (USA), AR1: Frank Anderson (USA), AR2: Adam Garner (USA), 4TH: Edvin Jurisevic (USA)
Television: None live, but it will air on NBC Universo at 12:00 AM and BeIN Sports at 8:00 AM on Saturday, March 26
Streaming: BeIN Sports Connect
All-time record: Costa Rica has won 12 times, Jamaica has won three times, and they've drawn ten times. Their last meeting was a 2-2 draw in Gold Cup competition on July 8, 2015.
What Jamaica will look like: The Reggae Boyz will be without the Houston Dynamo's Giles Barnes, so Vancouver Whitecaps forward Darren Mattocks will most likely pair with Birmingham City's Clayton Donaldson up top. They will also be without captain Rodolph Austin of Denmark's Brøndby IF, so the midfield will probably be New England Revolution's Je-Vaughn Watson at left wing, Leyton Orient's Jobi McAnuff in central midfield, San Jose Earthquakes' Simon Dawkins at attacking midfielder, and Reading FC's Garath McCleary on the right wing. On defense, Demar Phillips of Real Salt Lake will be the right back, the New York Red Bulls' Kemar Lawrence at left back, with Crystal Palace's Adrian Mariappa and Leicester City's Wes Morgan at center back. Look for the Philadelphia Union's Andre Blake to start in goal.
What Costa Rica will look like: Los Ticos played a 5-4-1 in their last World Cup Qualifying match against Panama, with Midtjylland's Marcos Urena the lone striker. In the midfield, Sporting Clube de Portugal's Bryan Ruiz was on the left wing, Arsenal's Joel Campbell on the right wing, and Herediano's midfield duo of Estaban Granados and Randall Azofeifa in the center of the pitch. On defense, it was New York City FC's left back Ronald Matarrita, West Bromwich Albion's Cristian Gamboa at right back, and Vancouver's Kendall Waston, Palermo's Giancarlo Gonzalez, and Alajuelense's Jhonny Acosta at center back in front of goalkeeper Patrick Pemberton - also of Alajuelense.
What to expect: It all comes down to who controls the tempo of the game. Look for Jamaica to use their speed of attack to test Pemberton and the back line early and often. If they can keep the pace fast, they should do well. If Los Ticos can weather the storm and slow the pace of the game down, Costa Rica has enough quality up top to take advantage of any offensive opportunities that may arise.