Conditions were not so ideal Friday night in a World Cup Qualifying match between the United States Men’s soccer team and Costa Rica. Yes, it’s Colorado. Yes, sometimes it snows here.
Both teams came out to play and both were playing in the same conditions. It is reported that Costa Rica plans to protest FIFA about the game in the hopes of getting a second chance.
Many Costa Rican players and coaches have been quoted as saying the game was “disgraceful” and “embarrassing” because they felt the game should not have been played.
This is completely appalling. Both teams were on the same playing field, both had to deal with the snow and limited visibility, and both really needed a victory in order to strengthen their chances of making it to the World Cup in Brazil next summer.
I’m sorry, but just because the weather was a little bad that gives you no reason to protest the results of a game. You train for all conditions, for all situations, and as an athlete you’ve got to be expected to perform no matter what the environment.
A rematch would have to have been played within 48 hours and with both teams traveling to play in another qualifying match on Tuesday, there seemed no other option but to suck it up and play the damn game.
Clint Dempsey came up huge for the U.S. early and the defense stepped it up, gaining a very important three points heading into Mexico City Tuesday night. With key injuries and the controversy surrounding Jurgen Klinsmann, the team managed to hush the critics for a moment and are now second in the CONCACAF standings with eight games left to play.
There’s something to be said of a ‘home-field’ advantage and the U.S. certainly seemed to take that to heart squeaking out a much-needed victory. Hopefully FIFA denies Costa Rica’s protest. The win should count and the team should be able to focus on the road ahead.
However, it would’ve been interesting to see what would’ve happened if the U.S. didn’t end up winning the game. Would’ve, could’ve, should’ve, I know, but if the U.S. ended up losing or tying, would they be the ones protesting? I would hope not. Let’s just be glad it didn’t come to that.
The game against Mexico will be in the complete opposite conditions. It’s not snowing in Mexico, that’s for sure. The U.S. might have some momentum now after winning in a blizzard. They also beat Mexico in Mexico in a friendly last August, so they may actually come out with a tie. There’s no hope for a victory in Mexico City, right?