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(MLS Soccer)   The soccer team from sunny Costa Rica may file a protest after losing to the US in a blinding Colorado snowstorm   (m.mlssoccer.com) divider line 81
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2013-03-23 03:02:39 PM  
Snow soccer should be an Olympic event.
 
2013-03-23 03:07:28 PM  
The commentator repeatedly stressed that the referee was willing to suspend the game, but the CR players were game to play on.

/the game was stopped for several minutes just to clear the air on that issue.
//madness, though, I will admit.
 
2013-03-23 03:08:05 PM  
You want to call your sport football, then get used to playing in football weather.
 
2013-03-23 04:34:53 PM  
I didn't watch the match, but I assume both teams were playing in the same conditions?
 
2013-03-23 04:54:59 PM  

Lord Jubjub: The commentator repeatedly stressed that the referee was willing to suspend the game, but the CR players were game to play on.


I was sympathetic until I read that.  F*ck 'em...sore losers
 
2013-03-23 05:17:16 PM  
I saw the last few minutes. I was impressed that anyone could play soccer in those conditions.
 
2013-03-23 05:30:10 PM  

downstairs: I didn't watch the match, but I assume both teams were playing in the same conditions?


Heh yeah, and if there were a pack of wolves on the field that would have been OK as well, as long as they went equally after every one. ;)
 
2013-03-23 05:32:42 PM  

Lord Jubjub: The commentator repeatedly stressed that the referee was willing to suspend the game, but the CR players were game to play on.

/the game was stopped for several minutes just to clear the air on that issue.
//madness, though, I will admit.


Yep.  I was really surprised that they didn't choose to bail given they were down a goal at that point.  Crazy game to watch though.
 
2013-03-23 05:33:43 PM  

Lionel Mandrake: Lord Jubjub: The commentator repeatedly stressed that the referee was willing to suspend the game, but the CR players were game to play on.

I was sympathetic until I read that.  F*ck 'em...sore losers


I'm betting you the decision to play was made by the coach and then after the result the Costa Rican football association back in Costa Rica had some words with him.
 
2013-03-23 05:34:18 PM  

Anderson's Pooper: You want to call your sport football, then get used to playing in football weather.


Damned right.  Nut up posers or go home
 
2013-03-23 05:35:04 PM  
All of this leads to one very simple, uncomplicated question:

What in the everloving fark are they playing soccer in central Colorado in mid-March for???  Don't they know this sort of thing is possible, if not likely??
 
2013-03-23 05:45:47 PM  

FriarReb98: All of this leads to one very simple, uncomplicated question:

What in the everloving fark are they playing soccer in central Colorado in mid-March for???  Don't they know this sort of thing is possible, if not likely??


Apparently they have a game in Mexico City in a few weeks and wanted to get acclimated to the elevation.
 
2013-03-23 05:47:18 PM  

FriarReb98: All of this leads to one very simple, uncomplicated question:

What in the everloving fark are they playing soccer in central Colorado in mid-March for???  Don't they know this sort of thing is possible, if not likely??


This.
Who was the genuis that decided to schedule this game in Colorado?
 
2013-03-23 05:55:54 PM  
The ref considered stopping the game, but the players on both sides would have none of it. They would have had to play another 90 the next day. None of them wanted to have to get pumped up for another cold game then play again on Tuesday
 
2013-03-23 05:56:23 PM  

ongbok: FriarReb98: All of this leads to one very simple, uncomplicated question:

What in the everloving fark are they playing soccer in central Colorado in mid-March for???  Don't they know this sort of thing is possible, if not likely??

This.
Who was the genuis that decided to schedule this game in Colorado?


I don't know, but genius is right.  Snow soccer is AWESOME!

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2013-03-23 05:57:33 PM  

Lord Jubjub: The commentator repeatedly stressed that the referee was willing to suspend the game, but the CR players were game to play on.

/the game was stopped for several minutes just to clear the air on that issue.
//madness, though, I will admit.


If you passed on an opportunity to suspend the game then shut up and accept your loss.
 
2013-03-23 06:02:13 PM  

Torrent of Rubbish: Apparently they have a game in Mexico City in a few weeks and wanted to get acclimated to the elevation.


If by a few weeks you mean Tuesday then sure.
 
2013-03-23 06:06:48 PM  
My question was not why play in the Front Range area in March, it was why not play it at the Broncos home stadium, the one with heater coils and regular experience in dealing with snow, like having more than one snow plow.

Instead they play this thing at Dick's Sporting Goods Park where 2 guys with shovels was the ground crew.
Even better when you consider the Colorado Rapids are owned by billionaire Stan Kroenke, who could absolutely have afforded equipping his park with the same snow melting heater coils used in every NFL and EPL and other European leagues fields worldwide.

MLS looked like a pissant outfit to the world, but hey if it helps the US get a victory then sure why not.

And the other posters are right: About in the 55th - 60th minute, the referee was about to suspend play and both team captains talked him out of it.
 
kth
2013-03-23 06:12:18 PM  

spawn73: downstairs: I didn't watch the match, but I assume both teams were playing in the same conditions?

Heh yeah, and if there were a pack of wolves on the field that would have been OK as well, as long as they went equally after every one. ;)


I would totally watch that.

I'm glad we left Denver yesterday morning, when the getting was good.
 
2013-03-23 06:16:09 PM  
It was a fun game, glad I happened onto it while flipping channels.
 
2013-03-23 06:16:55 PM  
If both teams decided to play on despite the weather and the field conditions, then nobody should have the right to complain.  I guess since Costa Rica lost, they're going to go and whine about the weather instead of beating themselves on the head for poor decision making skills.
Hey, if they played soccer on Isla Nublar, they would have had to face these guys.  Call the game off or not?
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2013-03-23 06:30:10 PM  
Weather's Part Of The Game. Man Up Pussies.

/Anyone Know Of A Way To Stop Android Jellybean Capitalizing Every Word When I Post On Fark?
 
2013-03-23 06:31:34 PM  
Surprised they played? Shoot, that's spring soccer around here. And fall.
 
2013-03-23 06:33:30 PM  

12349876: Torrent of Rubbish: Apparently they have a game in Mexico City in a few weeks and wanted to get acclimated to the elevation.

If by a few weeks you mean Tuesday then sure.


Ah. Should have checked the date. Thanks for the correction.
 
2013-03-23 06:40:26 PM  
I watched all but the first 15 minutes - you know what you really didnt see much of?  People acting like they took an arrow to the knee after every single contested ball - nobody wanted to lay there and thrash around in the snow.

It was.... refreshing.
 
2013-03-23 06:48:24 PM  

Lord Jubjub: The commentator repeatedly stressed that the referee was willing to suspend the game, but the CR players were game to play on.

/the game was stopped for several minutes just to clear the air on that issue.
//madness, though, I will admit.


Keep in mind that the commentators are not privy to those conversations. They were speculating that the CR players were interested in playing on.

Bottom line is, the decision to play on or suspend a game rests solely on the shoulders of the officials.  CR doesn't have a leg to stand on here.  The US played in the same conditions and managed more attacking play and actually scored.  Sorry you lost CR, get over it.
 
2013-03-23 06:49:42 PM  

Generation_D: My question was not why play in the Front Range area in March, it was why not play it at the Broncos home stadium, the one with heater coils and regular experience in dealing with snow, like having more than one snow plow.

Instead they play this thing at Dick's Sporting Goods Park where 2 guys with shovels was the ground crew.
Even better when you consider the Colorado Rapids are owned by billionaire Stan Kroenke, who could absolutely have afforded equipping his park with the same snow melting heater coils used in every NFL and EPL and other European leagues fields worldwide.

MLS looked like a pissant outfit to the world, but hey if it helps the US get a victory then sure why not.

And the other posters are right: About in the 55th - 60th minute, the referee was about to suspend play and both team captains talked him out of it.


I'll tell you their logic, I'll leave you to make the judgement call.  Colorado was chosen for the altitude considering they're going straight to Mexico City for their next game, the smaller soccer specific stadium was chosen so it wouldn't be full of Costa Rica and Latino anti-US fans.
 
2013-03-23 07:07:37 PM  
The US soccer team always has to go play in heat and humidity in Mexico and Central America, and high altitude in Mexico City. About time we got some homefield advantage.
 
2013-03-23 07:09:14 PM  

FriarReb98: All of this leads to one very simple, uncomplicated question:

What in the everloving fark are they playing soccer in central Colorado in mid-March for???  Don't they know this sort of thing is possible, if not likely??


I was at the game.  Was 50 and sunny at noon, was even warmer most of the week.  Snow started about 5:30pm, by kick off at 8pm, it wasn't that bad, windy and maybe an inch or so of snow.  The first half of the game wasn't too bad either, definitely not ideal, but not unplayable.  Second half, the storm kicked into overdrive.  Was falling at least 1"/hour, likely closer to 2"/hour.

If the game was last weekend, it would have been fine.  If it was played 2 hours earlier, it would have been fine.
 
2013-03-23 07:16:05 PM  

12349876: Generation_D: My question was not why play in the Front Range area in March, it was why not play it at the Broncos home stadium, the one with heater coils and regular experience in dealing with snow, like having more than one snow plow.

Instead they play this thing at Dick's Sporting Goods Park where 2 guys with shovels was the ground crew.
Even better when you consider the Colorado Rapids are owned by billionaire Stan Kroenke, who could absolutely have afforded equipping his park with the same snow melting heater coils used in every NFL and EPL and other European leagues fields worldwide.

MLS looked like a pissant outfit to the world, but hey if it helps the US get a victory then sure why not.

And the other posters are right: About in the 55th - 60th minute, the referee was about to suspend play and both team captains talked him out of it.

I'll tell you their logic, I'll leave you to make the judgement call.  Colorado was chosen for the altitude considering they're going straight to Mexico City for their next game, the smaller soccer specific stadium was chosen so it wouldn't be full of Costa Rica and Latino anti-US fans.


As heavy as the snow was falling, a heated field would have done nothing for the second half of the match.  Snow was falling too heavily.

And guess what, if the match was tonight, it would be playable.  10" of snow fell, but it has stopped now, could clear surface and have a match.

I also read some comments today that the Match Steward, some guy from Grenada, was the one who made the call to continue playing.
 
2013-03-23 07:19:53 PM  
I enjoyed it. Soccer in the snow is unpredictable and fun. And with FIFA considering moving the 2022 Qatar World Cup to winter...do it for Russia 2018! Of course, Germany might have a problem with Russia in winter. :/
 
2013-03-23 07:33:12 PM  

zoobaby: I was at the game....etc.


The point isn't that it was nice leading up to it, it's that we're talking about a spot where it's possible to get snow at a very late point in the year, and still they thought hey, it'll be fine to play there.  Hell, I'm sure the possibility was pointed out to the Costa Rican team's management in negotiations.
 
2013-03-23 07:39:41 PM  

TheKnownUniverse: I enjoyed it. Soccer in the snow is unpredictable and fun. And with FIFA considering moving the 2022 Qatar World Cup to winter...do it for Russia 2018! Of course, Germany might have a problem with Russia in winter. :/


France might have similar problems. . .
 
2013-03-23 07:40:36 PM  
Watching the game, no one ever went to the ref to complain.  They had the break after halftime and it was clearly ok with both sides to carry on.  I think Costa Rica though they they'd score and would love to walk out with one point... but when that didn't happen, they are deciding to cry foul.
 
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2013-03-23 07:42:56 PM  

Generation_D: My question was not why play in the Front Range area in March, it was why not play it at the Broncos home stadium, the one with heater coils and regular experience in dealing with snow, like having more than one snow plow.


The heating under the Broncos field isn't enough to melt snow. It's just enough to keep the soil warm enough to promote grass growth year round.
 
2013-03-23 07:43:30 PM  
Pura Vida!
 
2013-03-23 07:44:37 PM  
When they stopped play in the second half the US was way back on its heels and Costa Rica was having the run of play. I bet they figured they could pocket one or two goals the way they were looking. Really, the US didnt have many scoring chances in the second half. If CR scores one goal from a strange slip or skid on the ice coming from all the possession they had the second half so one is talking about petitioning for a replay and the US is feeling awful sour with 1 point through 2 games.
 
2013-03-23 07:48:43 PM  
That was by far the most entertaining soccer game I've watched.  I usually can't take more than a few minutes (unless listening to the Mexican announcers), but was engrossed and watched almost the entire game.
 
2013-03-23 07:54:35 PM  
That was hellish fun to watch, there should be more games in the snow. Costa Rica were fine with the conditions until they'd already lost.

/plays Ultimate in the snow all the time
//best time to play
///Dempsey!
 
2013-03-23 07:55:43 PM  
It was sort of disappointing that none of the players made snow angels after the game.
 
2013-03-23 08:14:26 PM  

downstairs: I didn't watch the match, but I assume both teams were playing in the same conditions?


You would think they would know that but I guess they believe the US players were inside protective bubbles.

This would be like the US complaining the match was too sunny in CR so they deserve a do-over.
 
2013-03-23 08:44:29 PM  
Whiny biatches.
 
2013-03-23 08:52:18 PM  
Fun game to watch.  In all the years I played soccer, never had the chance to play in the snow.  I am now sad.  The one thing that amazed me was the fact the players didn't seem to have a problem with footing until the last 7-10 minutes of the game.

Unfortunately, given that we are talking about FIFA, they probably will grant CR's protest and dock the American team 43 points for not postponing the game....
 
2013-03-23 08:52:21 PM  
Lord Jubjub: The commentator repeatedly stressed that the referee was willing to suspend the game, but the CR players were game to play on.
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I don't know how games that high up are like... but lower leagues that I ref in... it's the coaches call whether or not to play... but the second the game starts it's up to the ref as to whether to stop or not.

So, there's been times where the fields were just DREADFUL but the coaches insisted on playing... so I blow the whistle to start the game and then immediately blow it again, call an end to the game, walk to my car, and then go home.

/Only once have I been able to get the coaches to call it beforehand... and dear god almighty the fields were awful. And it took about 20 minutes of convincing.
 
2013-03-23 10:40:32 PM  

jake3988: I don't know how games that high up are like... but lower leagues that I ref in... it's the coaches call whether or not to play... but the second the game starts it's up to the ref as to whether to stop or not.


It was up to the ref here, but he was convinced by the players and coaches to keep going.  Mainly because they would've had to make it up sometime before the next Q match (on Tuesday), and there was no guarantee that the weather wouldn't be just as bad tonight.
 
2013-03-23 10:59:12 PM  

jake3988: Lord Jubjub: The commentator repeatedly stressed that the referee was willing to suspend the game, but the CR players were game to play on.
======================================================

I don't know how games that high up are like... but lower leagues that I ref in... it's the coaches call whether or not to play... but the second the game starts it's up to the ref as to whether to stop or not.

So, there's been times where the fields were just DREADFUL but the coaches insisted on playing... so I blow the whistle to start the game and then immediately blow it again, call an end to the game, walk to my car, and then go home.

/Only once have I been able to get the coaches to call it beforehand... and dear god almighty the fields were awful. And it took about 20 minutes of convincing.


That only left you 6 minutes to get to the gym.

Seriously though, that's awesome to start the game and end it right away.  Soccer trolling?
 
2013-03-23 11:07:26 PM  

rcf1105: The US soccer team always has to go play in heat and humidity in Mexico and Central America, and high altitude in Mexico City. About time we got some homefield advantage.


Exactly! They expect the US squad to occasionally play these games in parts of Latin America or the Caribbean during our winter (their summer) when the temp is 100+  but whine over a little snow here? If I were in any way associated with Costa Rica's program I would be begging everyone else around me to take the loss and shut up quick. Crying about it after is such a gutless thing to do. Pansies!
 
2013-03-23 11:31:42 PM  

FriarReb98: All of this leads to one very simple, uncomplicated question:

What in the everloving fark are they playing soccer in central Colorado in mid-March for???  Don't they know this sort of thing is possible, if not likely??


Gamesmanship.  See US/Mexico in Columbus in 20-degree weather in February as Exhibit A.
 
2013-03-23 11:35:32 PM  

TheKnownUniverse: I enjoyed it. Soccer in the snow is unpredictable and fun. And with FIFA considering moving the 2022 Qatar World Cup to winter...do it for Russia 2018! Of course, Germany might have a problem with Russia in winter. :/


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2013-03-23 11:35:38 PM  
I wonder what the chances are that Costa Rica would have protested had they won.
 
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