United States beats Costa Rica 1-0 in snow

Dustin Bradford

Eddie Johnson plays 14 minutes in the snowy victory at Dick's Sporting Goods Park Commerce City, Colorado.

Clint Dempsey would score in the 16th minute, but few will remember that. The memories will be about a game played in a significant snow storm. Every stoppage in play between the United States and Costa Rica would see the grounds crew try to clear as much snow as they could. Eventually they would stop trying to clear the 'less important' lines and only focus on the penalty areas.

Certainly things happened on the field, and people will try to tell you what they saw, but the call of the center referee made it clear that nothing was clear. The regulations regarding stoppage of play was not clear. Whether the ball was in or out of play was not clear. Jermaine Jones' elbow/arm to the head of someone on Costa Rica was not clear.

One of the rare moments of clarity in the second half was when Bunnel, Florida (low of 60 today) born and raised Eddie Johnson entered the pitch as a sub. He was nominally a right winger in a 4-2-3-1 and had a couple decent touches in the snow that were stopped due to, well, snow.

This is a match that no one will remember for the result that puts the United States at second in The Hex. It is a match that at least four times the near 20,000 in the stands will have claimed to have seen live. On Tuesday the USA takes on Mexico where the temp will be in the low 70s and the elevation almost twice as high.

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