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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 15
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2013-03-24 09:52:38 PM
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FLMountainMan: nwave: Imagine how much we would dominate soccer if we didn't hate it and consider it beneath us. Imagine LeBron James kicking a ball to Megatron who trucks his way down the field, kicks it to Kevin Garnett who kicks the ball at 150mph into the net from 40 yards out. Our masculine supermen would dominate these little 5'7 150lb soccer players that play soccer for other countries.

I don't even think we need to go that far.  I played basketball all through high school and college and always considered myself average in terms of athleticism. I took up soccer in my early thirties and am (sadly) one of the best athletes on the field.


So your team mates and opponents suck?

In basketball, I knew and played against hundreds, if not thousands, of quick as hell, lightning fast (mostly) black kids who were 5'8" point guards who were never going to make a D-1 team or the pros because of their height.  Give those kids soccer balls and we'd dominate.

Yeah there's a big gap between the big American sports and the big Global sports. This infographic is a good starting point:

news.bbcimg.co.uk

So your average rugby player runs 4.35 miles in 80 minutes of play, while your average American football player runs 0.19 miles in 60 minutes of play.

According to this article, the average distance run by players in the Premier League is almost 7.3 miles in 90 minutes of play.

I've never seen a basketball game, but the courts are tiny and the games are pretty short, aren't they? And am I wrong in thinking that substitutions are unlimited? I've just glanced over the rules on wikipedia, so apologies if I'm in error, but a basketball player wanting to play football would surely need to work on stamina training.
2013-03-24 02:04:06 PM
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Football (soccer) has never been a fair weather sport.
2013-03-24 12:41:14 PM
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FLMountainMan: nwave: Imagine how much we would dominate soccer if we didn't hate it and consider it beneath us. Imagine LeBron James kicking a ball to Megatron who trucks his way down the field, kicks it to Kevin Garnett who kicks the ball at 150mph into the net from 40 yards out. Our masculine supermen would dominate these little 5'7 150lb soccer players that play soccer for other countries.

I don't even think we need to go that far.  I played basketball all through high school and college and always considered myself average in terms of athleticism. I took up soccer in my early thirties and am (sadly) one of the best athletes on the field.  In basketball, I knew and played against hundreds, if not thousands, of quick as hell, lightning fast (mostly) black kids who were 5'8" point guards who were never going to make a D-1 team or the pros because of their height.  Give those kids soccer balls and we'd dominate.


There have been guys like that coming out of the US. Like Freddy Adu. You need a hell of lot more than just raw athleticism to make it in football.

SlothB77: Yeah, I don't see NBA players transitioning to soccer. but take those ripped nfl guys who can run a 4.2, switch them to soccer. or the guys too short for the NBA, but fast as hell.


Yeah yeah this argument comes up all the time. Of course a ripped NFL player would never make it to the half time alive. They are not going to be stopping the game every three minutes so they can catch their breath with some oxygen.
2013-03-24 12:27:16 AM
1 votes:
If the Costa Ricans expect us to play on that goat pasture they call Saprissa while being pelted by bags of urine and shiat then they can deal with a little bit of snow when they come to a country that isn't a third world hellhole.

Popcorn Johnny: It was sort of disappointing that none of the players made snow angels after the game.



I saw at least one player doing that during the game lol
2013-03-24 12:04:02 AM
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Imagine how much we would dominate soccer if we didn't hate it and consider it beneath us. Imagine LeBron James kicking a ball to Megatron who trucks his way down the field, kicks it to Kevin Garnett who kicks the ball at 150mph into the net from 40 yards out. Our masculine supermen would dominate these little 5'7 150lb soccer players that play soccer for other countries.
2013-03-23 08:44:29 PM
1 votes:
Whiny biatches.
2013-03-23 07:54:35 PM
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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 07:40:36 PM
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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.
2013-03-23 07:07:37 PM
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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 06:49:42 PM
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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 06:40:26 PM
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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 06:06:48 PM
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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.
2013-03-23 06:02:13 PM
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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 05:45:47 PM
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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 04:34:53 PM
1 votes:
I didn't watch the match, but I assume both teams were playing in the same conditions?
 
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