Update: According to reports on Twitter, FIFA officials have confirmed that the game is going ahead at it's scheduled time.
The United States need a point today to advance to the Second Round of the 2014 World Cup. The only things that are standing in their way, the might of Germany and apparently the wrath of the heavens.
- Raining Down
It certainly isn't something that Jurgen Klinsmann and Jogi Low will have accounted for, but the city of Recife - where the game is taking place - has been the victim of an absolute deluge of rain water, flooding much of the city and leaving it treacherous to even try and reach the stadium for most fans.
The Arena Pernambuco is located an hour outside of the city, around 20 miles, and according to Jeremy Schaap of ESPN, the family and friends of US players who will actually be taking to the field have been forced to not attend the game because of the brutal conditions.
Upon arriving at the stadium, Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl and ESPNFC.com's Jeff Carlisle reported that conditions there are far better than on the approach route, in the process showing the exact reasons why the Brazilian public were protesting their government and FIFA ahead of the tournament.
Above and Beyond
The Stars and Stripes have performed above and beyond all expectations that were predicted heading into the tournament. They have so far overcome the Group of Death and if it wasn't for a moment of brilliance from Cristiano Ronaldo, the USMNT would have qualified for the knockout stages ahead of the Germans.
We'll just have to see if they can put up with the slick surface later on today.
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