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Snow job: Americans beat Costa Rica 1-0 in storm

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United States midfielder Graham Zusi (19) and Costa Rica defender Bryan Oviedo (8) go up for a header during the first half of a World Cup qualifier soccer match in Commerce City, Colo., Friday, March 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Costa Rica defender Giancarlo Gonzalez, left, pulls the jersey of United States forward Clint Dempsey (8) during the first half of a World Cup qualifier soccer match in Commerce City, Colo., Friday, March 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Costa Rica midfielder Ariel Rodgriguez, front left, tackles United States midfielder Jermaine Jones, right, during the first half of a World Cup qualifier soccer match in Commerce City, Colo., Friday, March 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

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On a snowy night more suitable to slaloms than soccer, Clint Dempsey scored early in his first start as the American captain and the United States beat Costa Rica 1-0 on Friday in a key qualifier for next year's World Cup.
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    • United States midfielder Graham Zusi (19) and Costa Rica defender Bryan Oviedo (8) go up for a header during the first half of a World Cup qualifier soccer match in Commerce City, Colo., Friday, March 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
    • Costa Rica defender Giancarlo Gonzalez, left, pulls the jersey of United States forward Clint Dempsey (8) during the first half of a World Cup qualifier soccer match in Commerce City, Colo., Friday, March 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
    • Costa Rica midfielder Ariel Rodgriguez, front left, tackles United States midfielder Jermaine Jones, right, during the first half of a World Cup qualifier soccer match in Commerce City, Colo., Friday, March 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
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