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The U.S. battles a small Caribbean nation that’s been a surprise of the tournament.
The U.S. men’s national team has done what it’s needed to do at the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup. It’s won all three group stage games, hasn’t allowed a goal, and scored 11 of its own—ranging from artful team goals to the shot that Paul Arriola bounced off Gyasi Zardes’ face. Now, it’s onto the knockout stages; the initial field of 16 has been winnowed to eight, as teams start the progression toward the July 7 final. It’s setting up for a U.S.-Mexico final, though there are certainly challengers looking to insert themselves into the narrative.
One of the most surprising challengers, Curacao, faces the U.S. in the quarterfinals on Sunday. In group matches, Curacao lost to El Salvador but upset Honduras and salvaged a draw against group-winners Jamaica with a late wonderstrike, allowing the upstarts to finish second. Their reward is a match against the hosts and a few additional days in the U.S. while higher-ranked teams head home.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch the United States vs. Curacao at the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
United States vs. Curacao
- When: 8pm ET, Sunday, June 30
- Where: Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia
- Streaming: FS1
2019 Concacaf Gold Cup live stream: Watch U.S. vs. Curacao for free
Each of the following services carries FS1, providing a one-week trial and therefore an easy way to watch U.S. vs. Curacao at the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup for free.
1) Sling TV
- Sling TV pricing: $25-$40 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, Microsoft Edge, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Sling TV provides two base channel package options, each priced at $25 per month. Sling Orange includes three ESPN channels, while Sling Blue includes sports channels like NFL Network, FS1 and FS2 (home to much of the Gold Cup action), NBCSN, and local channels. If you’re Team “Why Not Both,” Sling Orange + Blue combines the two for just $40 per month. To add beIN SPORTS and maximize your soccer-watching potential, you’ll want to add either Sports Extra: Sling Orange ($5 per month) or Sports Extra: Sling Blue ($10 per month). (The latter also includes NFL RedZone.)
Spanish-speaking viewers have quite a few options. For bilingual families, you might consider the Español: Best of Spanish TV package for either Sling Orange or Sling Blue for 24/7 specialty channel LaLiga TV and beIN SPORTS Connect: Channels 4-9, which features matches from LaLiga, Ligue 1, and Copa del Rey, among others. Both packages cost $5 per month after your free trial. Sling TV Latino is another Spanish-language package for $10 per month, including NBC Universo, History en Español, and—of import to soccer fans—four beIN SPORTS channels. (And choosing Sling TV Latino + Sling Orange for $30 per month gives you access to ESPN Deportes.) For more information, check out our guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.
- Cost: $44.99 for the first month, $54.99 per month thereafter (after a 7-day free trial)
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- FuboTV local channels: Fox, NBC, CBS (check local availability here)
FuboTV is a solid TV streaming service option, whether your tastes run to entertainment (AMC, Syfy, FX), news (MSNBC, CNN), or sports (NBA TV, NFL Network). If you’re a soccer fan, however, it will appear tailor-made for you, with 10 beIN SPORTS channels, NBCSN, FS1, FS2, UniMás, and Champions League action via TNT all on tap. For the Women’s World Cup, it’s especially strong, promising to stream each match in 4K. If you can’t watch a match live, FuboTV offers a three-day replay for each match and 30 hours of cloud DVR. (Check out the complete FuboTV channels list and our FuboTV review.)
FuboTV also has bilingual families in mind; each subscription comes with UniMás, Galavisión, NBC Universo, beIN SPORTS, Univision, and Fox Deportes. An extra $7.99 per month will bring you Latino Plus, which includes CNN en Español and TyC Sports among its offerings.
- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- PlayStation Vue devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
- PlayStation Vue local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
PlayStation Vue is a fantastic option for soccer fans who already own a PlayStation console, but this streaming platform is available on a variety of devices. FS1 and FS2, where the bulk of CONCACAF Gold Cup coverage lives, are part of the Core package of channels that offer soccer and other sports programming, and the options increase at the Elite, and Ultra levels.
- Cost: $44.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV includes sports programming among its broad spectrum of offerings, and as a subscriber to the service, you’ll get free access to Hulu’s sizable on-demand library. (Check out the full list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
5) YouTube TV
- Cost: $50 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- YouTube TV local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
YouTube TV is a great option for soccer fans, including TNT for Champions League matches, NBCSN for Premier League matches, and broadcasting partnerships with three MLS teams. (Take a look at the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)
United States vs. Curacao: Why it matters
It’s win-or-go-home time at the Gold Cup, and for the U.S. to get into the semifinals, it first has to get past a Curacao team that’s been one of the surprises of the tournament. Curacao has kept all three of its matches tight and low-scoring, and while the Americans can win those types of matches—and did most recently in a 1-0 handling of Panama on Wednesday night—they’ll feel more comfortable getting a second goal on the board while looking to keep their scoreless streak going.
It’s been a successful tournament—the U.S. has an impressive new breakout player in Tyler Boyd, had good performances from Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie (who the U.S.’ future World Cup hopes largely hinge on), and Nick Lima’s done a stellar job filling in for first-choice right back of late Tyler Adams, sitting this Gold Cup out with injury. Still, though, the bar for success in this Gold Cup is a valiant finals loss at a minimum, so this match is merely a step along the way to the ultimate goal. A loss against a Caribbean nation with a largely obscure collection of players is certainly possible in a tournament like this, but not likely—although CONCACAF tournaments are prime landscapes for the “anything can happen” nature of soccer.
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Phil West is a sports reporter and the author of two books on soccer, ‘The United States of Soccer,’ and ‘I Believe That We Will Win,’ both from The Overlook Press. His work has appeared most recently in MLSSoccer.com, Pro Soccer USA, Texas Highways, and Howler. Based in Austin, he is also a lecturer in the Writing Program at the University of Texas at San Antonio.