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

Comments (8)

  1. How do you know it “captivated non Footy mad Americans”? Because of 10 rando’s on twitter?

    Curious to see the ratings. I fully expect this match to get bitchslapped by the NCAA tournament.

    • My arbiter when it comes to non-footy mad Americans is Bill Simmons and NHL beat writers. Laugh if you must.

    • Mike, because it sure wasn’t thousands of Costa Rican fans fillin gthe stands in that Denver Blizzard…
      …I watched the match in a nice warm bar in IOWA…. with the Iowa Chapter of the American Outlaws. My rule is if you can get 30 or so people watching it in Des Moines…you captivated Americans

      • there are 30 people in des moines?!?!?! shocker

        in all seriousness, glad they decided to play the game in these conditions to give the tropical boys a little something to deal with.

        • because americans play in these conditions all the time? it was a level playing field(I checked)

          • no because Americans play in this sometimes and some grew up dealing with a cold game the likes of which most costa ricans have the good fortune of never enduring……check again and you will find you were wrong

          • no, the actual field was level…

  2. Take that mario Ballotelli, you’ve never had a snow fro.

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