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SNOW VIDEO: Californians, Costa Ricans World Cup Qualifier in Blizzard

The referee picked up the ball and delayed the match briefly with the U.S. ahead 1-0 in the 54th minute, but allowed play to continue.

Update 9:07 p.m. The U.S. men's soccer team, with a roster including players from the Inland Empire, beach cities of Southern California, and Chula Vista in San Diego County, defeated Costa Rica 1-0 in blizzard conditions Friday evening in a crucial World Cup qualifier in Commerce City, Colo.

The referee picked up the ball and delayed the match briefly with the U.S. ahead 1-0 in the 54th minute, but allowed play to continue.

The field crew used shovels and snow tractors to clear parts of the field at times, to no avail.

Posted 8:52 p.m. The U.S. men's soccer team, which includes players from the Inland Empire, beach cities of Southern California, and Chula Vista in San Diego County, was playing Costa Rica in blizzard conditions Friday evening in a crucial World Cup qualifier in Commerce City, Colo.

The referee picked up the ball and delayed the match briefly with the U.S. ahead 1-0 in the 54th minute, but allowed play to continue.

Live coverage of the U.S.-Costa Rica match was being carried on ESPN and UniMas.

Midfielder Maurice Edu of Fontana, defender Tony Beltran of Claremont, and goalkeeper Nick Rimando of Montclair were on the roster for the March 22 match and for the qualifier March 26 against Mexico in Estadio Azteca, Mexico City.

Other Southern Californians on the roster are midfielders Michael Bradley of Manhattan Beach, Sacha Kljestan of Huntington Beach, and Joe Corona of Chula Vista.

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