DENVER, CO - JUNE 01: Giovani Dos Santos #10 of Mexico beats Andrew Boyens #15 and goalkeeper Glen Moss #1 of New Zealand for his second goal of the game to give Mexico a 2-0 lead in the 30th minute at INVESCO Field at Mile High on June 1, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
There is only one change in José de la Torre's lineup for Mexico's Group A finale against Costa Rica, as Israel Castro replaces Ángel Reyna. Mexico has already secured its spot in the quarterfinal, while Costa RIca is virtually assured of a spot so long as it is not blown out and El Salvador doesn't blow out Cuba. Nonetheless, both teams will be fielding full strength lineups, with FC Twente star Bryan Ruiz finally making a start for Costa Rica. With Cristián Bolaños, Álvaro Saborío and Celso Borges also featuring in the Costa Rica lineup, the Mexican defense will face a much sterner test than it did against El Salvador or Cuba.
The Mexican team remains in limbo as to whether or not they can bring in five new players after a contingent of players including Guillermo Ochoa and Christian Bermúdez was sent home after testing positive for a banned substance. This leaves Mexico with just 17 players, meaning a complement of six substitutes on the bench instead of the normal seven.
Mexico lineup (4-4-2): Talavera; Salcido, Márquez, Moreno, Juárez; Guardado, Torrado, Castro, Barrera; Dos Santos, Hernández
Costa Rica lineup: Navas, Acosta, Salvatierra, Borges, Mora, Bolaños, Saborío, Ruiz, Díaz, Marshall, Guevara
Kickoff will follow the conclusion of the El Salvador-Cuba game around 8:00PM ET. It will be televised in the U.S. on Univision, while concacaf.com will stream it live in other parts of the world and have on-demand replays for those in the U.S.