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World Cup qualifying match marred by blizzard

Staff writers
March 23, 2013 — We usually associate soccer (football) with green fields and warm weather but there was none of that Friday in the World Cup qualifying match between the U.S.A and Costa Rica.

It was a crucial match for the United States if they hoped to get on the right track toward qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil - the only problem was the weather made things difficult. 

Wintry conditions plagued the game, making it look more like a group of adults playing in the snow than a professional soccer match. 

The qualifying match was played at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado, where up to 33 centimetres of snow fell on Friday. 

The first half started with flurries but by the beginning of the second, it was a full out blizzard. 

A special match-ball coloured yellow and purple was used during the game while shovels and snowplows kept lines visible for the players.  

The United States still managed to earn a 1-0 victory thanks to a goal by Clint Dempsey in front of almost 20,000 people. 

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