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  •  Costa Rica Protests United States Victory (12+ / 0-)

    I can't tell if this is a case of the U.S. Soccer Federation using their brains to create a home field advantage or being saved from the insanity of this particular scheduling, but last Friday the United States mens soccer team beat the Costa Rican team 1-0 in a World Cup qualifying match.

    The game was played in Denver... in the snow.


    Now there is a bit of method to the madness of scheduling an outdoor match in Denver during March. Tomorrow the U.S. team plays Mexico in a qualifying match at Estadio Azteca, which sits at an elevation of around 7,500 feet. So the idea was that playing in Denver would acclimate the U.S. team to the elevation & thin air they'll encounter in Mexico.

    However, Costa Rica wants a redo of last Friday's game, lodging a formal complaint with FIFA that claims the "physical integrity" of the players and officials was affected and "ball movement became impossible."


    From the New York Times:

    "On Monday FIFA said that it would analyze the protest and make a decision 'in due course.'

    "In an e-mail, Sunil Gulati, president of the United States Soccer Federation, declined to comment on the protest. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann and players were scheduled to be available Monday afternoon. The most immediate concerns for the Americans will be trying to obtain their first World Cup qualifying victory in Mexico City and replacing Jermaine Jones in midfield. He sustained what team officials said was an ankle injury in the first half Friday that required two stitches. He was subbed out in the 83rd minute.

    "After Friday's 1-0 victory, provided on a goal by Clint Dempsey in the 16th minute, Klinsmann called the match 'a nice snow battle' and said he would have done anything within his power to continue. And the American players noted that both teams played in the same conditions."

    It should also be noted that Mexico & Honduras tied 2-2 last Friday as well. The match was played at Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula, with the temperature hitting 107. Neither Mexico or Honduras is asking FIFA for a rematch.

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