Updated with the latest on field conditions and weather
A little over four hours before kickoff in the World Cup game between the United States and Germany, an enormous rainstorm struck, flooding streets and snarling traffic in Recife, Brazil.
Humidity was to be expected, but this was a deluge that, by 9 a.m., had dropped 2.9 inched of rain on the area. Although there were immediate questions about flooding on the pitch, FIFA officials by mid-morning had determined that the match would begin, as scheduled, at noon EDT.
U.S. players won’t have members of their family and friends rooting for them, though. Agent Richard Motzkin tells ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap that some have decided not to attempt to travel to the stadium. Just before kickoff, the area in front of one goal “looked swampy,” Sam Borden of the New York Times reported, and the stands were “sparsely filled.”
Helacious rain in Recife. Odds on 0-0 draw rising quicker than flood waters. #usmnt
— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) June 26, 2014
Epic rainstorm & traffic jam in Recife. Just went shin-deep in water. Stadium far out of town. Just hoping our bus makes it to game. — Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) June 26, 2014
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