USA take on Honduras in -19c in their World Cup victory in Minnesota – with players allowed to wear full overhead balaclavas and goalkeeper Matt Turner even donning a hand-warmer!
- The USA faced rock bottom Honduras in a World Cup qualifier on Wednesday
- The USMNT hosted the traveling side at the Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minnesota
- Temperatures in Minnesota dropped to an outrageous -19c degrees on the night
- Players were allowed to wear full overhead balaclavas and hand warmers
The US men’s national team took on Honduras in ludicrous -19c conditions in their 3-0 World Cup qualifying win on Wednesday night.
The US hosted Honduras at the Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minnesota, which has no roof and temperatures dropped from -16c to -19c in the first-half but fortunately for the players, they were allowed to pile on the layers.
The players were allowed to wear full overhead balaclava coverings and gaiters over their lower face and mouths during the game.
Team USA faced Honduras in -19c degrees in their World Cup qualifier in Minnesota
Arsenal-bound Matt Turner (pictured) was allowed to wear a muff around his waist in the cold
All players on the pitch were allowed to wear snoods and as many body layers as possible
And despite the freezing weather, the Americans took a 2-0 half-time lead thanks to goals from Weston McKennie and Walker Zimmerman before a 67th minute strike from Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic sealed a 3-0 victory.
American goalkeeper Matt Turner – who is set to join Arsenal in the summer – was able to wear a muff around his waist, which was reportedly given to the team by NFL franchise Minnesota Vikings.
Fans were given hand warmers but relied on wrapping up warm and the added layer of blankets to fend off the chill in the stands.
Justin Borrell, Allianz Field’s general manager, revealed that snow first had to be removed from the pitch but 17 miles of underground tubing kept the ground warm during the game, according to CBS Minnesota.
The pitch was notched up to a toasty 60c heat to counteract the cold on Wednesday night
Fans were also provided with hand warmers but had to rely on wrapping up warm themselves
‘The soil itself will be around 50 or 60 degrees, so the feet of the players will be noticeably warmer than probably the rest of their body,’ Borrell said before the match.
Minnesotas are a little bit stubborn when it comes to admitting they’re cold. It’s something they enjoy and like to push the boundaries of.’
The US came into the game in second place, knowing a win would put them on the brink of World Cup qualification, while Honduras are rock bottom after becoming the first team to be eliminated.
Supporters still turned out and enjoyed themselves despite the intense cold in Minnesota