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21 Jul 2015
Bad tournament for Celso Borges and Sam Piette. Costa Rica and Canada didnít have a good performance in the Gold Cup 2015, the proof is that they didnít manage to win a game.

Two Deportivoís players took part of the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2015. Celso Borges continues to be a central figure with Costa Rica and they arrived to the tournament as one of the favourites after they great performance in the World Cup.

But in the end the Central Americans were one of the big disappointments after missing to win a game. Still, they managed to reach the quarterfinals after drawing the three games in the group stage. Borges played in the four games acting as the offensive midfielder in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

The best game of Costa Rica was the opening match, a 2-2 draw with Jamaica that included a comeback and a great pass of Borges that ended in the second goal in the game. Deporís midfielder was the best player in that encounter.

It was followed by two grey performances during the draws against El Salvador (1-1) and Canada (0-0). In the first game Borges picked an injury but managed to end the game and was one of the best players on the pitch, the second was his worst game in the competition with Costa Rica missing to create harm against the weakest team in the group.

Costa Rica only added three points in the group and advanced as one of the best third places, so they faced Mexico in the quarterfinals. The game was balanced and reached the extra time. Borges had problems at the beginning of the first half due to the pressure from the rival, but in the final minutes he improved and Costa Rica dominated. The match was about to reach the penalty shootout, but an inexistent penalty at the last minute, capitalized by ex-Depor Andrťs Guardado, meant the elimination of Costa Rica (0-1). Borges begun his vacation period and will join the pre-season on August 8.

Borges during the game against Jamaica

Celso in the game against El Salvador

The game against Canada

Borges marking Guardado during the match against Mexico

Meanwhile, Sam Piette played the Gold Cup with Canada, a team that had low expectations as coach Benito Flore is trying to assemble a young team with the goal of growing and developing its potential in the World Cup qualifiers.

Piette just made his official debut a couple of weeks before as Canada eliminated Dominica in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers (phase 2). Piette, who is only 19, was a starter in the first two games in the group stage against El Salvador (0-0) and Jamaica (0-1) performing as one of the two playmakers in a 4-1-4-1 formation.

The true is that his performance wasnít good.  He was fine in defensive tasks and made key tackles, but later seemed out of place at the moment of creating offensive game. The midfielder missed a clear chance to score in each game, both when the match was just starting, goals that would have changed the picture. In the end Canada ended as the last place in the group without scoring a goal, the final game was a goalless draw against Costa Rica, Piette didnít play in this match for been suspended as he was booked in the previous two games.

The midfielder extended his contract with Depor, but itís uncertain if he will stay for the season 2015/16. Piette will join the trainings on August 3, but itís highly probable that he will go out loaned as he will arrive too late to have a chance at the first team.

Sam Piette in the game against Jamaica

The last game for Piette in the tournament was against El Salvador




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