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WC Qualification CONCACAF

  • March 22, 2013
  • • 10:11 PM
  • • Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Denver, Colorado
  • Referee: J. Aguilar
  • • Attendance: 19374

Live Commentary

  • Game over, and the USA has done the job and grabbed three points.
  • 90' + 5'
    Cameron wins a free kick, and that should just about do it.
  • 90' + 4'
    SubstitutionH. Gómez Kyle Beckerman
  • 90' + 2'
    Gonzalez wins a free kick at the back.
  • 90' + 1'
    Five minutes added on
  • 90'
    Yellow Card G. González
  • 90'
    Dempsey draws a foul.
  • 89'
    Danger averted. But Altidore has given up another, not from shooting range, but a good angle for a cross.
  • 88'
    Maybe one last chance for CR from a free kick here.
  • 86'
    USA tries to hold it, but that has become increasing difficult.
  • 84'
    Gomez does a really nice job of holding the ball up and wins a free kick. Tick tock... clock is running.
  • 82'
    Mo Edu coming on for Jones. Some fresh legs.
  • 81'
    SubstitutionJones Maurice Edu
  • 80'
    10 more minutes to fight through, plus stoppage, and the USA is holding on at the moment.
  • 79'
    SubstitutionCristian Gamboa J. Madrigal
  • 78'
    Hearing from our man in Colorado that this game will be completed.
  • 76'
    Eddie Johnson comes in and makes an immediate dash forward only to lose out.
  • 73'
    SubstitutionGraham Zusi Eddie Johnson
  • 73'
    This game is incredibly disjointed at the moment. Costa Rica has gotten the better of it in the second half. The USA is trying to hang on for a win.
  • 72'
    SubstitutionBryan Oviedo D. Calvo
  • 70'
    What a sequence there. Costa Rica looked to have tied it up. It's waved back for offside. A good call says the replay.
  • 68'
    This will be interesting. Ruiz just went down after a little touch to his face from Jones. Costa Rica wins a free kick, but nothing more.
  • 64'
    Dempsey wins a free kick, but it's wasted with a foul called off the ball.
  • 64'
    The ball is starting to hang up a bit. The weather is playing a huge part in this game.
  • 61'
    Saborio takes a crack and Guzan has to make another save.
  • 59'
    SubstitutionChristian Bolaños J. Campbell
  • 59'
    Dempsey flashes another shot wide off a cross.
  • 55'
    And that's what's happening. We're back under way, just wanted to clean the lines.
  • 55'
    Now we'll get to wait and see what's going on. They could just be on time out.
  • 55'
    It looks like they're actually going to stop this game.
  • 54'
    From the corner Saborio gets a look and it's out for yet another corner.
  • 53'
    Ruiz hit it well but Goodson got a quick head to it and knocked it wide.
  • 52'
    Free kick in a very dangerous.
  • 51'
    Altidore flashes his shot wide of the mark.
  • 50'
    Miller picks up a card. Getting physical.
  • 49'
    Yellow Card R. Miller
  • 48'
    Costa Rica out strong to start the half.
  • 46'
    Game on, back for the second 45.
  • 45' + 4'
    Nice play from Jones to try and slip Beasley through, but there's too much on the ball.. and there's the whistle. Halftime, we'll be back for the second half shortly.
  • 45' + 3'
    Not a lot of time left in this first half. Good showing in the first 45 for the USA, but the job isn't done just yet.
  • 45'
    Good work from Costa Rica. Real chance to get level, but Beasley and Gonzalez did a nice job recovering.
  • 42'
    USA really close to a second. Should have been a penalty, not given, then Dempsey gets a crack. Ref not having a good night.
  • 41'
    Beasley with a no-nonsense clearance. The USA looks comfortable, but still just a 1-0 lead.
  • 39'
    Once again well defended by the USA. Bolanos got in down the left and whipped in a cross, but Goodson got his head to it and got it clear.
  • 38'
    Costa Rica with a rare move forward in this first half. Guzan had to make the save, but he made it easily enough.
  • 34'
    Gomez just won a free kick in a really nice spot. Could be danger here if the ball hits the ground in anywhere in the box.
  • 32'
    Beasley did a nice job taking the ball off of Ruiz there. Not doing poorly at left back in this first half.
  • 30'
    For anybody not watching this game, the snow is really coming down. Field is solid white. Grounds crew is working hard to keep lines visible.
  • 29'
    Great first touch from Zusi. Final ball was lacking, but he took ti down really well to beat his man. USA has looked dangerous.
  • 28'
    Costa Rica's Ruiz just slipped through two defenders to try and work a chance. Gomez did a nice job of tracking it and making a tackle.
  • 24'
    Jones just got stepped on in the middle of the pitch. Slid in and caught the bottom of a boot on his ankle.
  • 22'
    Chance for Costa Rica there on the counter. Weather played it's part as Beasley slipped.
  • 21'
    Altidore tries to hold the ball up at the top of the box. He's looked sharp so far tonight.
  • 18'
    There's the early goal the USA wanted tonight, but those haven't always worked out so well recently.
  • 16'
    Dempsey tries one from range.. not a terrible idea but not hit real well.
  • 16'
    Goal Clint Dempsey
    GOAL!!! And the USA is up 1-0. Dempsey finishes it off, banging home a deflected shot from Altidore.
  • 15'
    The U.S. has certainly had much more of the ball, but not much in the way of chances for either side so far.
  • 13'
    Dempsey, Altidore and Jones link up, with Dempsey trying to play the final ball to Gomez but overhitting it.
  • 10'
    Some slippery tackling taking place in the middle of the park. Will probably be a lot of that tonight.
  • 8'
    Could be bad news here. Beasley, the stand-in left back, takes a shot to the head and is down.
  • 7'
    Dempsey tried to slip Altidore in there. Ball ran a bit too much and the Ticos come away with it.
  • 6'
    Costa Rica with its first real move forward here. The USA deals with it and gets whatever little danger there was clear.
  • 4'
    The second free kick is floated to the back post where it's too tall for Goodson.
  • 3'
    Jones draws a foul in the middle of the pitch. The USA seems to be moving the ball well enough early. Gomez tries to go quickly with the free kick but it's pulled back.
  • 2'
    The USA's white kits don't stand out too well in the snow, but the USA has the ball early, trying to knock it around a little.
  • 1'
    We're off and running.
  • Former Fulham teammates Clint Dempsey and Bryan Ruiz leading the teams out.
  • Also worth watching: Roy Miller is starting at the heart of Costa Rica's defense. He's been a big talking lately for his poor play with the New York Red Bulls.
  • Aside from the lineups, the other story is the weather. Snow on the ground, the conditions are going to be very tough tonight. The team that figures out how to deal with them quickest will have a huge advantage.
  • For Costa Rica: Navas in goal, a five man back line with Oviedo, Gonzalez, Miller, Umana and Gamboa. Four in the midfield. Bolanos on the left, Rodriguez and Barrantes in the middle, Ruiz on the right, and the always dangerous Saborio up top.