The Protest of Absurdity
Through rain, hail, sleet and snow the sport of soccer is always played. On Fri the US national was scheduled to face the Costa Rican, a team they never had beaten before.
The City and Stadium that was chosen to host the event was in Dicks Sporting Goods Park in Denver Colorado. In Denver there are many aspects that add into a soccer game. Two of these aspects are the weather and the altitude. Knowing this the US National team was able to practice in Denver five days before the actual event took place. They did this because they wanted the players to get used to the cold and the Altitude. However, the Costa Ricans arrived Thursday, where they found out the next day this would comeback to haunt them.
The weather on Friday in Denver, was Snow that you could barely see but, when game time came around the field was cleared, playable and the skies was only aspect affecting the game. In the 15th Minute they got the goal they needed when Jozy Altidore took a shot that deflected off Dempsey and the result ball in the back of the net. For the rest of the game the weather factored in for both teams. In fact, in the 55th minute the officials were about to call the game, when all of a sudden all of the players on both teams vouched to play on. This led to the officials canceling their original decision and play continued. In the end the score read 1-0 USA, which left Costa Rican side very unhappy.
The next day ESPN reported that the Costa Rican national team filed a protest based on the weather. This alone is absurd because the Cost Rican players the night before vouched to continue play when the officials wanted to stop. Cristian Bolanos told Reuters "Honestly, it was robbery, a disgrace, I've never played a game in these conditions,”. "You couldn't see the ball ... if we had played without snow, we would have won, I am sure." When Sunil Gulati heard there protest on the mere fact that it was about the weather and not on a call he said: "If the thought is that we want to play Costa Rica in a situation where it could snow, then there are some places that maybe could have been better, like Boston or somewhere,". The other aspect that would lead to the Costa Ricans losing there protest is that the crew officials did everything during and before the game to make the field playable. Lastly, had the game have been in Costa Rica it would have been during the day where it is hot and humid.
For two reasons FIFA will see this protest as absurd. One the players agreed to continue play and had the game have been in Costa Rica their weather factor could also lead the Americans in a disadvantage. Lastly, the next time Costa Rica wants to protest maybe it should on play and not the weather.