Ohio’s chilly qualifiers are approaching the “high risk” of USSF guidelines

The kick-off temperature for the U.S. World Cup qualifying match against El Salvador in Columbus, Ohio on January 27 is projected to be around 25 degrees Celsius, and the wind cold index is “risk of cold” in the U.S. Football Association’s health guidelines. It is called “high”. Related illness. “

Walker Zimmerman sees winter weather as a great opportunity for himself and his American teammates. He remembered watching the infamous television in March 2013. Snow Classico, Defeat Costa Rica 1-0 In a snowstorm In Commerce City, Colorado.

“I was talking to my wife during the break,” the 28-year-old defender said Wednesday. “I was, what do you know? I want to be freezing. I want to be cold. I want snow. I want to be part of the symbolic things I saw. And I remember growing up really. And it’s exciting for me. So I think everyone is ready to accept it, accept the cold. And it’s also for us. It will be a really good environment for the fans. “

AccuWeather Forecast Next Thursday at 7 pm in Columbus, temperatures will be 24-26 degrees Celsius, winds from the west will be 4-14 mph, and there is a 40% chance of snow. According to the January 30 qualifying forecast for Canada in Hamilton, Ontario, temperatures are 22-24 degrees Celsius, wind speeds are 5-10 mph from 3 pm, and there is a 10% chance of snow flurry.

The February 2nd qualifying forecast for Honduras in St. Paul, Minnesota begins at 6:30 pm on the CST, with 18-20 degrees, wind speeds 7-14 miles, and a 30% chance of a snow flurry.

“The national team staff are doing a great job and we are completely confident they are preparing us,” said winger Paul Arriola training in Phoenix, where the temperature was 70 on Wednesday. I said after doing. National team players should be as prepared as possible for every situation. I’ve done it before and I think most players on this team have it. I think it’s an opportunity for us. “

US coach Gregg Berhalter, who will release his list on Saturday, said Expect home field advantage..

“If we were in a difficult situation and someone would play in Europe in the colder months, what would happen to Honduras coming from Honduras from temperatures of 85 and 90 degrees Celsius,” he said.

under Recognize recoveryThe type-predicted wind chill temperature index, published by the USSF in December 2015 as a “Comprehensive Player Health and Safety Program,” states: “Limit exposure and more often-warm.”

A wind of 5 mph and a temperature of 25 degrees Celsius creates 19 wind chills. It is orange in the USSF index and is referred to as “moderate risk of cold-related illness.” The USSF recommends “providing additional clothing, covering exposed skin as much as possible, and providing opportunities and equipment for reheating.”

If the wind increases to 10 mph and the wind chill drops to 15 mph, the index will be in the red zone and will require modified activity.

When it drops to 15 degrees and the wind speed rises to 10 mph, the alert level turns black. This is called the “extreme state”. The recommendation for that level is “Cancel the activity or try to move indoors”.

The federation chooses a home qualifying site. When asked about the September World Cup qualifiers, Nicholas Noble, a spokesman for the regional governing body of the North and Central America and the Caribbean Association football, said, “CONCACAF does not control or run these matches, FIFA manages with individual federations. “

FIFA spokesman Brian Swanson did not reply to the email asking for comment.

“Our event and coaching staff worked together to select the venue,” said Wil Wilson, CEO of the USSF. “Obviously, the upcoming venue is happy with the mitigation process.”

The fields in Columbus and St. Paul were hot and the USSF said they were confident that the players would be protected from the elements. Hamilton’s Tim Hortons Field has artificial turf.

Dr. George Champas, Chief Medical Officer of the USSF and a member of the FIFA Medical Committee, said cold is more adaptable than heat and humidity. Mitigation measures include heated benches and body warmers.

California midfielder Sebastian Lletget, who moved from LA Galaxy to New England last month, believes the qualifying will “help me get used to it.”

Preparing for the Major League Soccer playoffs at the November Revolution was beneficial to goalkeeper Matt Turner, who started the first five US qualifiers.

“Understand that idea and what it takes to be successful at that moment,” he said. “So for me it accepts the cold. It keeps my focus sharp during the moment I’m taken action and enjoying it. That is, this is America. This is beauty. We can play at 90 degrees and at 0 degrees at the same time. It’s very cool. “

Note: The USSF has announced the final home qualifying for the match against Panama on March 27th. It will be held in Orlando, Florida.


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