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Well, U.S. national team wanted it cold in Denver …

Mar 21, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

DENVER – U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann and members of the U.S. Soccer contingent never hid the primary reason they selected Denver as the venue for Friday’s World Cup qualifier versus Costa Rica.

Most of the Ticos play in temperate Central America, where “winter” is mostly something they all read about on Wikipedia.

It’s the same reason members of the United States soccer establishment love them Ohio when facing Mexico. (And almost certainly will again this go-round; all indications have the match against Mexico later this year landing at Crew Stadium once again.)

They wanted it cold for this one Friday. Well, happy days!

Tomorrow’s high: 42 degrees. By kickoff, the temperatures will surely be in the 30. Oh, did we mention the “p.m. showers” in the forecast?

Looking at Klinsmann’s (injury depleted) roster, count on seven or eight of them being among the group currently doing their passing, trapping and shooting in Europe.



  1. dfstell - Mar 21, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Oh happy days!

    Actually, wouldn’t it be funny to build a stadium in Alaska just for this purpose? Nothing horribly fancy and we make all the central American teams go play us in Fairbanks in July.

    • wfjackson3 - Mar 21, 2013 at 12:05 PM

      I was just thinking the same thing. Unfortunately, having lived in Fairbanks, I can tell you that it is basically 72 F all day long, every day in the month of July. The average low when it gets dark is usually in the 50’s, but you would have to play the games at midnight to actually see those temps.

      To the Arctic Circle!

      • dfstell - Mar 21, 2013 at 5:16 PM

        I had no idea. Yes….throw up some bleachers in Nome or something.

  2. tylerbetts - Mar 21, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Well, this is the point of not having a national stadium. So you can move games to where you have what you think will be an advantage over the team you are playing.

  3. touma4020 - Mar 21, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    FYI, of tomorrow’s costarican starters, 5 are playing or have played in Norway and Denmark clubs, and of the other 6, 1 plays in Salt Lake, another in NY, 2 in Spain and 2 and Bryan Ruiz has lived for 7 years n Europe. It is not an advantage

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