It wasn’t the Heat or the Lakers. It wasn’t Georgetown losing in the first round to the fifteenth seed in Philadelphia. The sporting event that captivated non-footy mad Americans around the country was a soccer game. That’s pretty damn special. The U.S.A moved to second place in the Hex, beating Costa Rica 1-0 thanks to a Clint Dempsey goal in the first half. The main story here, however, was the conditions in Denver.

Kudos to the Costa Ricans for playing on in less than ideal conditions. A brief stoppage in the second half ended after protests from both teams.

Costa Rica v United States - FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier

Costa Rica v United States - FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier
Costa Rica v United States - FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier
Costa Rica v United States - FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier
Costa Rica v United States - FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier
Costa Rica v United States - FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier
Costa Rica v United States - FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier
Costa Rica v United States - FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier
Costa Rica v United States - FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier
Costa Rica v United States - FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier