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The After Bar – USMNT 1 – Costa Rica 0

“It was a clear black night, a clear white snow” or so I misremembered the opening lyrics to Warren G's “Regulators”. No matter though whether it was white snow or a white moon the United States national team and newly christened captain Clint Dempsey were most definitely “regulators” against Costa Rica last night. The Nats put up with epic proportions of snow and a nearly abandoned match to top the Ticos, 1-0, in front of a freezing, sold out crowd of over 19,000 in Denver, Colorado.

Jozy Altidore made a cutting run atop the 18-yard box in the 16th minute. His shot bounced of a Costa Rican defender, and with the goalkeeper caught wrong footed, Dempsey was there to snatch up the leftovers into the open goal mouth for his 23nd international goal.

If surviving the Denver snow fall was one difficult task the USMNT will face another tall order immediately in their away leg match against Mexico on Tuesday at Estadio Azteca. Mexico is coming off a road shocker, giving up a two-goal-Chicharito-manufactured lead, only to draw at two apiece. The U.S. has already breached the walls of Azteca back in August, but a World Cup Qualifying match against El Tri will certainly be coach Jurgen Klinsmann's and his team's toughest task to date.

The match is on Tuesday, March 26th with coverage beginning at 8:30pm CT on ESPN.

Highlights:

 

Post-Game Quote Sheet

 

 

Analysis from some of American soccer's best writers:

 

Will Parchman (The Shin Guardian) – “Mother Nature 10 – USA 1 – Costa Rica 0: The Blizzard Ballin’ Retro Diary”

Matthew Doyle (MLSSoccer.com) – “Armchair Analyst: Three things we learned from US vs. Costa Rica in the snow”

Grant Wahl (Sports Illustrated) – “Three thoughts on the USA-Costa Rica SnowClásico” and “The SnowClásico: U.S. blanks Costa Rica in unforgettable setting”

Mike McCall (Sports Illustrated) – “Clint Dempsey gives a captain's effort in Costa Rica win”

Liviu Bird (American Soccer Now) – “The Tactics of Victory: Why The U.S. Won in the Snow”

Richard Farley (NBC Sports) – “Klinsmann’s picks: Sure seems like the coach got a lot right on Friday”

Player Ratings

Noah Davis (American Soccer Now)

Jack Bell (New York Times “Goal” Blog)

Jeff Carlisle – (ESPN)

Ari Creditor (Sports Illustrated)

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