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DJBJ
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Why is it so hard to win on the road in qualifying?


This is the first qualifying cycle that I've ever watched, and it's kind of hard for me to believe that we've never won in Costa Rica and just recently won in Jamaica for the first time (I might be wrong about Jamaica).

It just seems like we should still be able to beat these teams pretty handily, even on the road.

This might be a stupid thread, but I guess it's worth asking.







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joey barton
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re: Why is it so hard to win on the road in qualifying?


1. We have only recently been able to qualify easily
2. Stadium environment
3. Field conditions
4. Costa Rica has historically been very solid, e.g., google Paulo Wanchope. Costa Rica is still no slouch






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itawambadog
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re: Why is it so hard to win on the road in qualifying?


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1. We have only recently been able to qualify easily
2. Stadium environment
3. Field conditions
4. Costa Rica has historically been very solid, e.g., google Paulo Wanchope. Costa Rica is still no slouch


Pretty much all of this. Also, you better pray for no rain because a lot of times on the road we end up playing in a pond.






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ezride25
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re: Why is it so hard to win on the road in qualifying?


Tear gas wafting over the pitch from the attempts at crowd control will mess with any team. And Azteca is about as friendly as prison.





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re: Why is it so hard to win on the road in qualifying?


Imagine being on a shitty pitch playing against dirty players who will scratch, claw, kick, spit, elbow to face, etc. imagine the referee is from a neighboring impoverished country. Now imagine that you look into the stands, and there is a tall prison fence separating you from a host of angry "fans", many of whom are currently climbing said fence, and shaking it.

It's not easy.



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itawambadog
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re: Why is it so hard to win on the road in qualifying?


It's amazing that we never end up with a Canadian ref.





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Sheep
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re: Why is it so hard to win on the road in qualifying?


Go ahead and tack "travel issues" on the list.

You aren't flying into O'Hare or London-Heathrow when you fly into fricking Nicaragua or Trinidad.

Locals will blast the team hotel with noise, turn off the A/C, power, hot water, etc.

And that's before you get to the field.

Christ, when Eddie Lewis got busted open at Guatemala in the last cycle it took riot police to get his bloodied head back to the locker room.






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Dandy Lion
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imagine the referee is from a neighboring impoverished country.
I´m crying. I don´t know why, as this is funny, but not that funny.






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joey barton
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re: Why is it so hard to win on the road in qualifying?


Forgot about that

We're Central America's own personal Noriega






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Jumbeauxlaya
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re: Why is it so hard to win on the road in qualifying?


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It's amazing that we never end up with a Canadian ref.



are these real things?






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itawambadog
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re: Why is it so hard to win on the road in qualifying?


I think they had a white ref for the Mexico v Costa Rica game. Not sure if he was Canadian or American. Heck maybe one from the Caribbean would give us a break.





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Broski
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re: Why is it so hard to win on the road in qualifying?


He was American I believe.





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Dalosaqy
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re: Why is it so hard to win on the road in qualifying?


Ask the Spurs. Had game seven been played iin San Antonio, Spurs win.





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The Boat
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re: Why is it so hard to win on the road in qualifying?


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Ask the Spurs. Had game seven been played iin San Antonio, Spurs win.

It's a little worse than that.

At least they have running water, electricity, and AC in most of San Antonio.






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