Gamesmanship and mind games are the words of the day coming out of Costa Rica as the US national team arrived in San José, Costa Rica, on Tuesday night and began preparations on Wednesday afternoon for Friday night's World Cup qualifying match at Estadio Nacional (10 pm ET, beIN Sport).
As it seems, Costa Rican fans — and perhaps the Costa Rican Football Federation as well — are still none too pleased that the first meeting this year between the two teams was allowed to continue despite blizzard-like conditions, a game the USMNT won 1-0.
Chants of "No Fair Play," can be heard in the above video of the USMNT's arrival at the airport in San Jose. The below videos, tweets and/or photos will document the rest of the gamesmanship and mind games being dealt the USMNT's way since the moment their plane touched hit the runway.
Told that for past WCQs, USSF got priority lane in CR immigration. Not today. CR Gov't plans to line them up w/ everyone else. Snow revenge.— Brian Straus (@BrianStraus) September 3, 2013
FWIW, don't believe visiting teams get special treatment at US border. So CR now just treating US like US treats CR. As far as I know.— Brian Straus (@BrianStraus) September 3, 2013
Gamesmanship central: Costa Ricans didn't provide game balls to US for training per usual protocol. (US using its own Nike balls instead.)— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) September 4, 2013
Gamesmanship 2: Costa Rica FA gave US contacts for training sites. All said no. US made own plans.— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) September 4, 2013
Alright, Ticos, we get it. You're really mad about the game in March, that you had to play that game in the blizzard-like snow, and ultimately, that you lost. But keep this in mind: The USMNT had to play on that same field, in that same blizzard that you did. And they beat you despite it, not because of it.