Direct from Denver
Pre-Game Report: Outlaws, Snow, Ice-Cold Corona
American Soccer Now's Jon Arnold has been soaking up the atmosphere at Dick's Sporting Goods Park so you can feel like you are there—minus the frosty weather and freezing rain, that is.
BY Jon Arnold PostedDENVER—The day I left Arizona it was in the 80s. After wearing shorts the day before, I packed a recently purchased winter coat in my carry-on so it would be ready the moment I set foot in frigid Denver. I haven’t used it once. The temperatures haven’t been as high as they are in Phoenix, but a light jacket has been fine with things hanging in the 50s most of the week. I’ll have the coat on tonight when I settle in to the open-air press box at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park for the World Cup qualifier between the United States and Costa Rica. Meteorological experts (my iPhone) report game time temperature will be just above freezing with a 60% chance of precipitation that will increase as the match goes on. Players on both teams insist it won’t affect them, but I’m not sure I buy that. More likely, to me, is that it will affect them but it will affect everyone about evenly. Most players who will be on the pitch tonight have played in frigid conditions before, but freezing temperatures and snow can have an impact on pretty much anybody no matter how hearty they are. Also, expect to see a very high snood count. Players from both sides were sporting them in training with temperatures 20 degrees above where they’ll be tonight.
March 22, 2013
March 22, 2013