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2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarterfinals: Guadeloupe vs. Costa Rica

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Today, the national soccer teams from Guadeloupe, Costa Rica, Mexico and Haiti will be the first athletes of any sport to compete in the new state-of-the-art Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The grandiose venue that totaled $1.1 billion in construction costs has a retractable ceiling that opens and closes in 12 minutes and is home to the world’s largest video board. The arena holds 70,000 for soccer but has a capacity of 100,000 including additionally installed seats and standing room only areas.

Guadeloupe vs. Costa Rica will inaugurate the brand new artificial field followed by the Mexico-Haiti match that is expected to draw a near sellout crowd.

Los Ticos reached the quarterfinals as Group A runners up, while Guadeloupe returns to this tournament after clinching second spot in the third group. Both teams met in the 2007 Gold Cup as part of group play. Costa Rica beat the Gwada Boys 1-0.

Guadeloupe may not be able to participate in World Cup qualifying, but the French territory is making a name for itself in the tournament. They beat Panama, 2-1, and Nicaragua, 2-0, but lost to Mexico, 2-0.

The match kicks-off at 4:00 p.m. EDT

UPDATE: Striker Alvaro Saborio scored twice to lead Costa Rica to a 5-1 victory over Guadeloupe and into a semifinals showdown against Mexico. The two sides will now meet on Thursday night, while the United States takes on Honduras in the other semifinal contest.