The United States overcame a virtual blizzard in Commerce City, Colo. Friday night and pulled out a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica. It was not pretty, but the win was critical for the Americans, who now sit in second place in the six-team CONCACAF qualifying group. Meanwhile, Costa Rica finds itself with just one point in its first two qualifying matches.
The match will certainly go down as one of the most memorable in CONCACAF history and could prove to be an early turning point for both teams as they fight for early results. Neither team can be judged too harshly on their playing ability due to the harsh conditions, but nevertheless this game managed to change some perceptions and also restore faith in the United States team.
Here are some winners and losers from Friday night’s contest.