The United States is set to take on Costa Rica in a World Cup Qualifier Friday night at 10 p.m. EDT and weather could again be a factor.
The last time these two teams met was March 22 in a heavy snowstorm near Denver, Colo.
The snow fell so heavily that officials contemplated suspending the game, but eventually it was decided to allow the game to continue. The field and players were covered with snow as the United States eventually went on to claim a 1-0 victory.
Costa Rica was outraged that the game was allowed to continue and filed an appeal to FIFA which was later dismissed, giving the United States the victory.
United States' soccer players run during a training session ahead of their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match with Costa Rica, in San Jose, Costa Rica, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. The U.S. will face Costa Rica on Friday. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Now the site of the battle will shift to Costa Rica, where the fans have been waiting many months to vent their frustrations on the United States soccer team.
The game will be played at National Stadium in San Jose, Costa Rica, and there will certainly be no threat for a snowstorm this time around.
Instead, the threat will shift to heavy rain and thunderstorms, common to Costa Rica during this time of the year.
As of Friday afternoon, scattered thunderstorms were moving through San Jose bringing some heavier downpours. The chance for additional showers and thunderstorms will exist through game time Friday evening and into Friday night.
United States defender Geoff Cameron (20) tries to catch snowflakes on his tongue as he leaves the field following a 1-0 victory against Costa Rica during a World Cup qualifier soccer match in Commerce City, Colo., Friday, March 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Heavy rainfall totaled over two inches in San Jose on Thursday. The additional rainfall from Friday afternoon and the potential of more rainfall during the match could lead to a saturated and muddy soccer pitch.
Temperatures are expected to be around 70 degrees for the match with high humidity, a stark contrast to the below-freezing temperatures experienced during the match in March.
With weather expected to again be a factor in the game, both teams will try to seize every advantage and come out on top in Costa Rica on Friday night.
Unsettled weather will rule in Atlanta this weekend and into the new week, with the chance of thunderstorms each day.
Dallas will see continued periods of heat and dry weather with temperatures expected to reach 100 F Sunday and Monday.
It was a busy week around the globe for severe weather as Typhoon Neoguri inundated Japan, deadly storms wreaked havoc across the Northeast and sweltering heat moved into the Northwest.
Commemorating French Independence Day, the city of New Orleans will celebrate Bastille Day this weekend, but storms may half festivities.
The mercury will continue to soar in Seattle throughout the weekend and into early next week with temperatures reaching near record highs Sunday through Tuesday.
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