GOLD CUP: Sampson vs. Arena for third-place

Mexico's 2-0 win over Costa Rica on Thursday sends it to the Gold Cup final against Brazil on Sunday in Mexico City (live on Univision 1 pm ET). The Steve Sampson-coached Costa Ricans will face the USA in the third-place game on Saturday in Miami (live on Galavision, 8 pm ET/5 pm PT).

The third-place match pits Sampson, coach of the USA in 1995-98 against his successor, Bruce Arena. The clash comes 14 years after they met in the NCAA Division I final, when the Arena-led Virginia Cavaliers tied 1-1 with Sampson's Santa Clara to share the national title.

Sampson took over the Ticos last October. Five members of the U.S. Gold Cup squad -- Claudio Reyna, Kasey Keller, Brian McBride, Frankie Hejduk and Earnie Stewart -- played on Sampson's 1998 World Cup squad, which lost all three of its games. Sampson resigned shortly after the tournament. He served as technical director of the California-South Youth Soccer Association until taking the Costa Rica job.

The USA and Costa Rica have met 22 times dating back to 1975. Each has won nine encounters. They tied four times. The USA beat Costa Rica in the 2002 Gold Cup final.

U.S. striker Brian McBride is out, having suffered a broken bone near his eye in the 2-1 semifinal loss to Brazil. Cory Gibbs is out with a red-card suspension, for the handball that led to Brazil's winning penalty kick.

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