Premi Posted February 3, 2022 Report Share Posted February 3, 2022 I'm a big soccer/football fan (I know @dalsingh101 doesn't like it because of the racism etc from white hooligans in the UK) and I think it's a great game especially if you ignore the negative aspects of fans associated with it Anyone else like it? Also, @GurjantGnostic what do you think of this ? Why not play the game somewhere in California or the South (other than I would guess soccer being more popular generally in the Northern part of the states) where soccer is popular ? https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/60240754 The USA edged closer to qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar with victory over Honduras on a night when some players were substituted at half-time because of the extreme cold. Some players wore balaclavas as temperatures dropped to -16C in Minnesota Goals from Weston McKennie, Walker Zimmerman and Chelsea's Christian Pulisic sealed the win in Minnesota, where temperatures dropped to -16C. As well as tights and gloves, some players wore balaclavas against the cold and Honduras said two players had to be taken off "due to the extreme weather". Visiting coach Hernan Gomez made three half-time changes, two of which were said to be because of the freezing conditions. Before kick-off Gomez had said staging the game in Minnesota was "inconceivable", adding: "The game hasn't started, but I can't wait for it to end. Because it's not for enjoying, it's for suffering." US head coach Gregg Berhalter said the choice of venue was down to the fact his team had played in Hamilton, Canada on Sunday and the 930-mile trip to Minnesota's state capital of Saint Paul reduced travel time, adding that the USA had tried to create a "safe environment". US showed 'small soccer mentality' Temperatures in Saint Paul reach an average low of -11C in February according to US data, with an average daily high of around freezing. At half-time the official USA team account posted a screen grab of the local temperature at 1F, or about -17C. Fans watching at Allianz Field were given hand warmers at their seat and medical stations were set up in the stadium. Speaking on US television, former Premier League midfielder Craig Burley said: "This is one more piece of the pathetic jigsaw. The USA has a big population but a small soccer mentality. If you are a player you want to play in the best conditions possible - you back yourself. "They don't go and put a game on in an area where this time of year the weather and temperatures and everything that goes with playing your best is horrendous. That's a very small mentality to have." Asked about the playing conditions, Berhalter responded: "What I would say is that we provided Honduras and their staff and the referees with warm weather gear, we provided them with headgear, and [tried] to make it a safe environment for them to play. "When we go down to those countries and it's 90 degrees and it's unbearable humidity and guys are getting dehydrated and cramping up and getting heat exhaustion, that's the nature of our competition. "When we scheduled this game and this location, you know, you have to go by average temperatures." 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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