Skip to comments.U.S. beats Costa Rica amid heavy snow
Posted on 03/23/2013 12:53:40 PM PDT by dirtboy
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- Soft snow started falling, and then kept getting heavier as the night progressed.
From the start of Friday's World Cup qualifier, the lines on the field were covered. As the game wore on, even the Americans in their white home uniforms became hard to see.
And then in the 55th minute, with the U.S. leading Costa Rica 1-0 on Clint Dempsey's early goal, the referee and match commissioner stopped it.
Would it continue? For a moment, it was as unclear as the view.
But then, after some heated discussions, play went on.
On a snowy night more suitable to slaloms than soccer, Dempsey's 16th-minute score in his first start as the American captain held up, giving the U.S. a 1-0 victory in a key qualifier for next year's World Cup.
"It was difficult out here to see anything," Dempsey said. "The second half, the snow coming up past your ankles, it was almost unplayable."
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Clearly Costa Rica should get a do over due to the unfair weather conditions.
Its nice here today at almost 40 degrees (10 degrees below the average for this time of year)
Scheduling home games to take advantage of the weather is normal (although they probably weren’t expecting a blizzard). And the US has a high-altitude match next week in Mexico.
They did it to prep for Tuesday’s match in Mexico. Stadium Azteca is over 7,000 ft.
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