March 22, 2020, marks seven years since the first SnowClasico at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park and U.S. Soccer will be replaying the 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match between the men’s national team and Costa Rica.
This was an important game for the USMNT, who had lost in Honduras the month before but had a 22-match WCQ home unbeaten streak. Costa Rica earned a draw against Panama in their first game, so both teams needed three points.
It seemed like just another cool spring day in Denver, but a snowstorm rolled in and by the time the match kicked off, the temperature had dropped to 28 degrees and snow was falling.
Just 16 minutes in, Clint Dempsey scored and put the U.S. up 1-0.
The referees considered calling the game in the 55th minute, but both sides insisted on continuing. In the end, the U.S. won 1-0 and got three much-needed points.
Two days later, Costa Rica attempted to protest the match, saying it “went against the sporting spectacle (and) the physical integrity of the officials and players.” FIFA responded that “the conditions established in the regulations for an official protest have not been met by the Costa Rica FA” and the result would stand.
24 HOURS FROM NOW!— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) March 21, 2020
Re-live the #USMNT’s ❄️memorable❄️#WCQ match vs. from March 22, 2013 in Commerce City, Colo.
In honor of the seven-year anniversary, #SnowClasicoReplay will air Sunday at 6pm ET via https://t.co/oQ1957v0D9, YouTube and Facebook!
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