• Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Retaliation: Costa Rica seeks change of venue for World Cup match against U.S.

April 21, 2013

Costa Ricans are still bitter over a March World Cup qualifying match that was played in blizzard-like conditions in Colorado. With heavy snow accumulating on the field and temperatures below zero, the Tico Sele lost 1-0 in a game that local soccer fans say never should have been allowed to continue. A Costa Rican Soccer Federation appeal to FIFA to have the game annulled was quickly denied.

Now, the federation promises to exact revenge by moving an upcoming September rematch to Saprissa Stadium in Tibas, north of the capital. The game originally was scheduled for the much bigger and more modern National Stadium in western San José’s La Sabana Park.

Soccer federation president Eduardo Li announced last Wednesday on local radio station Radio ADN (90.7 FM) that he planned to file for the venue change with FIFA.

http://ticotimes.net/Current-Edition/News-Briefs/Costa-Rica-We-were-robbed-_Saturday-March-23-2013

Known as “The Monster’s Cave,” Saprissa Stadium is an intimidating venue for visitors. Visiting locker rooms are located under fan seating, and stands were built close to the field. Taunting of visiting teams by fans creates a tough environment to play in. During a previous match between the two teams in the 1990s, Costa Rican fans pelted the U.S. squad with garbage, batteries and bags of urine. Costa Rica won that match.

“[Saprissa Stadium] is worse than [Mexico City’s] Azteca [Stadium],” former U.S. player Alexis Lalas tweeted in response to the announcement. Lalas played for the U.S. squad in two World Cup tournaments in 1994 and 1998.

Saprissa also has synthetic turf, which can be difficult for some players.

Li said stadium improvements are needed before a World Cup match could be played at the Monster’s Cave.

The federation has 90 days before the Sept. 6 match to select its stadium, which must be approved by FIFA.

Costa Rica walked away with a 3-1 victory against the U.S. the last time the two teams faced each other at Saprissa, in June 2009.

You may be interested

Hilton announces opening of giant hotel in San José, Costa Rica
Business
12 views
Business
12 views

Hilton announces opening of giant hotel in San José, Costa Rica

Alejandro Zúñiga - May 13, 2021

Hilton this week announced the opening of its new hotel in La Sabana, San José, inside Costa Rica's tallest building.…

Costa Rica balancing economy and full hospitals, President says
Costa Rica
2 views
Costa Rica
2 views

Costa Rica balancing economy and full hospitals, President says

Alejandro Zúñiga - May 13, 2021

President Carlos Alvarado said Costa Rica is trying to balance economic activity with population health, even as the country's public-health…

Vaccine tourism? ‘It’s not the solution,’ PAHO says
Costa Rica
6 views
Costa Rica
6 views

Vaccine tourism? ‘It’s not the solution,’ PAHO says

Alina DIESTE / AFP - May 13, 2021

Giovanni Torres and his wife Angela flew from Bogotá to New York. Their goal: to get vaccinated against Covid-19, just…

The Tico Times | Costa Rica News | Travel | Real Estate