HONDURAS beat the USA after they were forced to play at -19°C which caused some players to develop hypothermia.
Christian Pulisic and the US team won the 2022 World Cup qualifier in Minnesota.
But ice-cold weather forced Honduras goalkeeper Luis Lopez and striker Romell Quioto to rest for the first half as they both have HYPOTERMIA.
Lopez is said to be still receiving treatment in the dressing room after the time out, while Quioto’s condition is less serious.
The Honduran players are used to playing in 30 degrees Celsius compared to the conditions they faced on Wednesday night.
They complained about the decision to let the game go on despite the freezing temperatures and Hernan coach Dario Gomez’s frustration before the game even started.
Gomez said: “It’s not normal. It’s unbelievable that a power in every sense brings you here to play a game and win results.
“The game hasn’t started yet, but I can’t wait for it to end. Because it’s not for enjoyment, it’s for suffering.”
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On the other hand, USA boss Gregg Berhalter defended the federation’s decision to proceed with the match in Saint Paul.
Berhalter argues that the opposition is equipped with warm-weather gear to deal with the weather.
The American head coach said: “What I mean is that we have provided Honduras and their staff and the referees with warm weather equipment. We provided them with thermal equipment and trying to create a safe environment for them to play.
“When we go down to those countries, and the temperature is 90 degrees in 90% of the dew point and the humidity is unbearable and the boys are suffering from dehydration, cramps and heat exhaustion, that’s nature. of our contest.
“When we scheduled this game in this location, you had to factor in the average temperature, the average daily temperature, and that was the best guess. We wanted to minimize travel.
“We knew we were going to be playing in cold weather in two of the games, and we calculated to do that in the third game, rather than climate switching.
“The cold snap is over and it’s something we can’t control but all we can do once that happens is try to reduce the risk by getting warm weather gear and getting outside. It played and we did it.”
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https://www.thesun.ie/sport/football/8307768/usa-world-cup-qualifier-hypothermia-chelsea-pulisic-honduras/ USA’s World Cup qualifiers saw the players under HYPOTHERMIA as Pulisic stars in a win over Honduras in -19C