Both these teams won their opening games of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, meaning both are off to a strong start toward their respective goals of reaching the knockout rounds of the tournament.
For Costa Rica, that goal is more of an expectation. Los Ticos have not sent their strongest roster to this competition, but neither have CONCACAF heavyweights Mexico and the USA. And if there is a team in this tournament one would pick to break the regional duopoly, it is Costa Rica. But that perception now has to be backed up with results.
Los Ticos were troubled by Honduras in their opening game, and were perhaps a little fortunate to win - but they might argue (convincingly) that that was exceptional match. It was a Central American derby, played in a fittingly heightened atmosphere, with both teams under emotional as well as physical pressure. In theory, Honduras was the most difficult opponent Costa Rica will face in this group stage, and the remaining games are the chance for the squad to gel and develop some momentum.
Canada would like to challenge that perception. After the first full round of matches, the Canadians have the most goals (four) and the tournament's top-scorer - 16-year-old Alphonso Davies.
The Vancouver Whitecaps' phenom has the pace and technique to trouble the Costa Rica back line, assuming his teammates can get him into space as effectively as they did against French Guiana.
Los Ticos are not French Guiana, of course. Canada is not expected to be nearly as competitive against Costa Rica as it was against its opening-game opponent. But the Canadians have come to this Gold Cup to challenge such perceptions. Even a draw against Costa Rica would be proof of progress for Canada.
Per livesoccer.com, here's where to find the game if watching from the USA: