Posted March 23, 2013

Report: Costa Rica to file protest on game played in snowstorm

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Costa Rica will reportedly protest a 1-0 loss to the U.S. because of a snowstorm. (Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Costa Rica will reportedly protest a 1-0 loss to the U.S. because of a snowstorm. (Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Costa Rica plans to file an official protest with FIFA about Friday’s 1-0 loss to the United States that was played in a snowstorm, reports Reuters.

Costa Rica has 24 hours to file a written protest.

The game was actually stopped in the 55th minute as the snow continued to fall, but ground crews cleared snow from the pitch markings and the game continued after a few minutes. Also a yellow-and-purple ball was used so the players could see what they were kicking. The game was played in front of more than 19,000 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Denver.

“It was an embarrassment to football, disrespectful to the game,” Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto told reporters.

U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati said the referees had made the right decision to continue the game.

“Frankly, (stopping) would not have been to the advantage of either of the two teams, since they both play on Tuesday,” Gulati told reporters.

Costa Rica’s players were obviously upset after the game and disagreed about continuing the game.

“Honestly, it was robbery, a disgrace, I’ve never played a game in these conditions,” said midfielder Cristian Bolanos, who plays with Danish club FC Copenhagen.


57 comments
rampantbombedrat
rampantbombedrat

The US has to play in Mexico City, where the home crowd routinely throws rocks, beer bottles, and dog feces at players.

 

I'd much rather play in a little snow.

 

jack22
jack22

 @rampantbombedrat I'd make them play ALL international games in temperate climates, so as not to unfairly advantage teams from the tropics. :)

UleNotknow
UleNotknow

"Honestly, it was robbery, a disgrace, I’ve never played a game in these conditions,” Were BOTH teams playing in the same conditions? Yes, they were. Put on your big-boy pants, man up, and tip your hat to the winner. Anything less is a discredit to your team and country.

jack22
jack22

 @UleNotknow I think most of the Latin players must be related to Danny Ainge. Lots of whining trick fall artists.

chaotic
chaotic

This isn't baseball.  It's football.  Play on.

FredVaughn
FredVaughn like.author.displayName 1 Like

The rematch in CR will be bloody. That said, my first reaction to the complaint was "Ho, sit down!"

joethemayor
joethemayor

Do you play outside,  Just because you only play in ideal conditions doesn't mean you should always play that way. If you want that have all the fields inside then you can solve that problem. Thats why I like American football, no whining about the weather except for domers.

wootdude
wootdude

 @joethemayor Hello!  They played the game!  In the snow!  Or did you miss that?  It isn't the players complaining, it is the fans.  The players will play in whatever the conditions are at that time.  They might not like it, but they will play.  Ask any American style football player whether they would like to play in a blinding snow storm and I venture to guess that they would say no.  But they would play.  Just like the American soccer players did.

joethemayor
joethemayor

 @wootdude  Well tell those fans to wear a coat . When I was in that beautful country of costa rica And it was unbelievable hot at 95 degrees on the coast  I jumped in the water. I don't get paid to do that but if I played a sport any condition are considered just do it. 

Chris8
Chris8

 @joethemayor Yeah I'm with you.  Maybe I just got spoiled by watching American Football, but I think that if you can't handle the weather, go home and cry about it.  Any sport played outdoors, where they have to stop it because of some rain or snow is a whimpy game.  I would only make an exception for racing, because driving at high speeds on those sort of conditions is a good way to get someone killed.

 

But Soccer, baseball, golf...  Man up or go home.

mustwin77
mustwin77

Let us all be real for 1 second. If Costa Rica was leading 1 - 0 we all know this game would have been stopped. The conditions were beyond normal for football. Playing in the cold is one thing but, to have a snowstorm on the pitch is ridiculous. I have no problem with home field advantage but, this was an embarrassment to good competition. Further, I am not saying that the U.S. had an unfair advantage playing in the snow, that is not my argument. The overall weather condition should have stopped the game period.

JoshNash
JoshNash

 @mustwin77

 and if it were stopped, Costa Rica would be complaining that the refs were showing the US an unfair advantage and that they wanted to play on.  They're just mad because they didn't get the result they wanted and they can pin the blame on someone and something other than themselves.  If they had a goal slip by Guzan in the second half and the game ended in a tie, we wouldn't be hearing about any of this.

MyVoiceMyOpinion
MyVoiceMyOpinion

The ref made the decision to continue after consulting with BOTH teams.

RichLGerhold
RichLGerhold like.author.displayName 1 Like

So if it's unfair for the US to play at home in the snow, is it unfair for the US to play in Costa Rico when it's over 100 degrees out? Easily 75% of all World Cup qualifying games as well as the World Cup itself is generally played in above average warm climates.

 

How many times has the US filed a protest when playing teams in central America or South America when the weather was 100% humidity as well as 100 degree plus weather?

cbcatanz
cbcatanz

The CR players and coaches were fine continuing to play. They didn't complain during the game. Just because they lost they start to cry. Cry more, CR, cry more.

cbcatanz
cbcatanz like.author.displayName 1 Like

Quick. Someone call the WAAAAAAAAmbulance.

ToddPeterson
ToddPeterson

Agreed.  This game should have been stopped.  A cheap win for us.

Kenner King
Kenner King like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

 @ToddPeterson Why is it a cheap win? What advantage did one team have over the other?  If you want to talk about advantages, why not ask Mexico why all their home games are at Azteca stadium. That is a decided advantage for one team. ( And why this game was slated at altitude, btw)  What about playing in Central American nations where the fire alarm is pulled at the US team hotel ( documented 4 times in the past several years).

 

Sure, the snow was unique. But every single week, in the past century, a meaningful soccer game ha been played somewhere in the world where the rain makes conditions far worse than they were last night. That rain, btw, is far more dangerous for players whose ankles are far more likely to be insured severely in a deep puddle than in some deep slush.

James C
James C like.author.displayName 1 Like

I think you mean the Jermain Jones missed RED CARD. That was an intentional elbow to the face of an opponent, and should have been a red card.

 

As for the game conditions. What I saw during the stoppage was both teams arguing with the referee to continue the game.

 

I would love to see the referees report on this game, which should indicate what was actually said during the 55th minute stoppage.

 

If Costa Rica's players were in fact joining with the USA in saying the game should be continued, then the leadership of Costa Rican soccer has no argument. If they wanted the game stopped, then maybe there is an argument.

 

The simple fact is, both teams played in very much less than ideal conditions. The teams both played in the same conditions, so the conditions were equal for both teams.

 

 

cbcatanz
cbcatanz

By hook or by crook. A win is a win.

JonMoore
JonMoore like.author.displayName 1 Like

Didnt England and Wales play in blizzard conditions last week? So are they going to complain about every game unless its between teh temp of 64-68 and clear? Get over it

Kenner King
Kenner King

Of course, one would have ton wonder if the protest wold have been filed if the final score was Costa Rica 1 - US 0.

 

That definitely was terrible weather for a game. However, I played in identical conditions back in high school, and have played in rain that was far more blinding than that show. I have also played in 105 degree temperature, and one field that have mismatched sod from the baseball infield the previous day. The conditions sucked, but I suspect that each player on the team will have played a game in worse conditions somewhere in their career.

 

The bottom line is that BOTH teams played in the snow. In fact, Costa Rica did pt one in the net, in the worst conditions of the game, but the player was offside at the time. The fact of the matter is that Costa Rica was the more dangerous side in the second half.

 

An interesting aside. Did it not seem that each US set piece was whistled for action off the ball right at the kick, while zero of the Costa Rican goals were? The replays were quite clear that there were no fouls in most cases. If course, replays also showed that Dempsey was fouled in the box. ( And I will be fair here, and point out that he also missed the Jermain Jones yellow card, that was blatant, unnecessary and stupid.)

RomarioDelLago
RomarioDelLago

Whine some more, Costa Rica.  It's nowhere near as disgraceful as your crappy home pitch.  Babies.

M20
M20 like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 3 Like

Sorry Ricans, but that snowfield was still better than half the crap pitches in Central America

knuckleballer
knuckleballer like.author.displayName 1 Like

And why has soccer  been slow to catch on as a spectator sport in the US? Because WE HAVE BETTER GAMES! Soccer is for kids, girls, and metrosexuals.

morphy
morphy

 @knuckleballer your name should be knuckleHEAD! too many baseballs on your empty noggin. Go away if you don't know ANYTHING about any other sport

spyderham
spyderham

 @knuckleballer

coming from a guy whose only athletic ability is cranking one out while chugging a beer

RomarioDelLago
RomarioDelLago

 @knuckleballer Laughably idiotic post but that's to be expected from a baseball fan.  It's the only sport that doesn't require athletes.  LOL

PaulLorenzo
PaulLorenzo like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @RomarioDelLago  @knuckleballer One, he didn't say a damn thing about baseball.  Two, get into a batting cage and try swinging at 80mph to 90mph pitches and see just how sore you can get just doing that.  Or try throwing just 30 to 40 such pitches.  

cbcatanz
cbcatanz

Pot........Kettle.........black......

leehwgoc
leehwgoc like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 3 Like

 @knuckleballer Meanwhile, baseball is even more boring to watch than soccer.  If it weren't for copious amounts of beer, people would have quit bothering to watch baseball 40 years ago.

 

Btw, generalizations are for idiots, the lowest-common-denominator, and the uneducated.  You, in other words.

jack22
jack22

 @leehwgoc  @knuckleballer My problem with soccer is this endless nonsense about the "Beautiful Game". Yeah, if it's Brazilians who are playing it; occasionally, the Italians and the Portuguese get it right. Most all the rest, though, more closely resemble fat kids dancing the ballet.

vanboja
vanboja

Aren't you generalizing about those who make generalizations?  I think that we can do without the insults.   Actually, generalizations can be quite useful. 

PaulLorenzo
PaulLorenzo like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @leehwgoc  @knuckleballer yet here you are making your own generalization about baseball fans needed beer to enjoy the game.  I enjoy it plenty without.  It's a beautiful game that most people don't understand.  They need hard tackles, slam dunks, and other such overhyped sports spectacles to be able to enjoy a game.  Baseball is about precision, timing,  and patience.  

cbcatanz
cbcatanz

Baseball just takes someone with an attention span greater than a 1st grader to appreciate. But you're right, a sport has to be fast pace to be enjoyable. 

TitanPBD
TitanPBD like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

I guess I wonder who thought it was a god idea to schedule an outdoor game in Denver in mid-March.  That person's judgment should be called into question here, not the referee's.

Scooterific
Scooterific

 @TitanPBD  The game was scheduled at Denver to help acclimate the US team to altitude. Can you guess where their next game is?  And the US tends to schedule it's first home game in a cold weather site, usually Columbus and it has always worked out fine. There was nothing weird about going to Denver in March. 

AlanS
AlanS

 @Scooterific  @TitanPBD Except it is notoriously snowy in Colorado in March.  On the other hand, it could have also been 70 degrees and clear.

sld1776
sld1776 like.author.displayName 1 Like

For the love of....Back when the game began to grow in the United States in the 1970's, the ENGLISH called it 'soccer'. So, naturally enough, we began calling the game 'soccer'. Shortly after, the English decided to go back to the earlier name for 'soccer'--football.As for our 'football', it originated like soccer/football, from Rugby football, where kicking the ball is far prominent than it is in our Gridirion game. No need to change a name once it is established.This is the most f*cki*ng, tiresome, stupid debate I've ever seen.

Staz
Staz

 @sld1776 You're 100% right, "soccer" was a colloquial way of referring to the sport which originated at Oxford. Even if we had made it up ourselves who really cares.. we say hockey and field hockey while most Europeans say ice hockey and hockey. It doesn't matter what we call it as long as we can all understand each other.

leehwgoc
leehwgoc like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @Staz  @sld1776 You know, if you think about it objectively, people getting upset with the name for a given thing being different across other cultures is as (pseudo) logical as getting upset that not everyone speaks the same language.

 

If Europeans and the like get upset that Americans call the sport 'soccer', then why stop there? Shouldn't they also be upset that we speak different languages in the first place?  It's the same principle.

vanboja
vanboja like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

Funny, we don't consider nullifying the results when we have to play in abnormally hot weather.

A1
A1

Good thing they weren't playing vs a Canadian team here in the frozen north - although I think that football game I actually would have paid money to see!

knuckleballer
knuckleballer

Bunch of soccer pu**ies. Real football IS played in snow.

wootdude
wootdude

 @knuckleballer Like you ever played the game.  Sitting on the couch watching someone else play the game in the snow doesn't make you a tough guy.  

modsuperstar
modsuperstar

 @knuckleballer So football is meant to be played in snow, yet the only games that are likely to have snow in an NFL schedule are at the end of regular season in December and in the playoffs. But even then, these games can only happen in roughly half the stadiums in the league, and even then the probably is small because of different climate zones and the time of year. Most other teams are either in warmer climates or have domes to keep snow out of a cold climate environment. So this football game that is meant to be played in the snow only hosts typically 2 or 3 snowy games in an entire season, then hosts the Super Bowl in a domed or warm climate to avoid snow. Aside from next year's Super Bowl, there has never been a cold weather outdoor host for the game.

 

I think the joke about North American soccer is that they don't have the field warming technology that pretty much every field in England has to keep the pitch playable. If they do have the technology in place, why are they playing in a place where it can't keep up with the potential volume of snow they would receive?

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

 @knuckleballer Uh, not really.  There's a reason why teams like the Colts, Vikings, and Lions elect to play in domes.  

 

Speaking as a huge Broncos fan, American football is terrible to play or watch when there's that much snow coming down.  You can pretty much just toss any hope for quality play.

 

NYYANKEES77
NYYANKEES77 like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @knuckleballer because its played with your hands goofball

knuckleballer
knuckleballer

 @NYYANKEES77 What, like football players don't have to run??

RomarioDelLago
RomarioDelLago

 @knuckleballer  @NYYANKEES77 LOL...football players play a full total of like 13 minutes once you take out all the lame stoppages.  What an impressive sport.  Not.  LOL  Get a clue and go away Troll.  Your pathetic efforts here show that you're afraid of soccer and that you're so insecure that your own preferred sports can't cut it for you.

NYYANKEES77
NYYANKEES77

 @knuckleballer  @NYYANKEES77 are you really that slow? one thing is to run on snow with cleats, the other is KICKING A BALL or trying to make passes with 4 inches of snow on the ground. I am American, I'm happy we won. THE GAME ISNT MEANT TO BE PLAYED THAT WAY. The fact that you even reply again shows that you've never seen a football game.

 

 I love football but we did get the name wrong.