Costa Rica announce Estadio Nacional as venue for match vs. USMNT

Costa Rica announce Estadio Nacional as venue for match vs. USMNT

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Costa Rica announce Estadio Nacional as venue for match vs. USMNT

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By DAN KARELL

The U.S. Men’s National Team and head coach Jurgen Klinsmann were given good news on Thursday when they found out they won’t have to play in the dreaded Estadio Saprissa on September 6 when they face Costa Rica.

In an announcement on their website, the Costa Rican Football Federation said that due to construction at the stadium locally known as “The Monster’s Cave,” they decided to schedule the upcoming match against the United States at the all-grass field of the Estadio Nacional.

Rumors had persisted all spring that as revenge for the “Snow Game” last March in Denver that Costa Rica lost to the U.S., 1-0, the Costa Rican Federation would put the return match on the rock-hard turf of Saprissa. The last time the U.S. played Costa Rica at Saprissa, they fell to the hosts, 3-1, and couldn’t adjust to the playing surface.

What do you make of this news? Are you relieved? Do you see Costa Rica providing a quality atmosphere even at the Estadio Nacional? Do you believe the U.S. has a better chance of picking up three points?

Share your thoughts below.

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