WASHINGTON, June 26, 2014 — Just hours before the USA v. Germany World Cup soccer match, the city of Recife, Brazil was hit with torrential rains, threatening to delay the game.
However, according to a statement from FIFA, “the match will go on as scheduled.”
Twitter is alive with reports of massive traffic jams due to cars stuck in the flood waters and questions about the status of the field. Fans report “knee deep water” and “major flooding”
BBC reporter Ben Smith Tweeted, “Torrential rain in Recife. Streets like rivers”
Fan Martin Rogers Tweets, “Recife is underwater. This is nuts.”
According to AccuWeather, the major tropical rains should subside shortly, but light rain will continue throughout the match.
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Despite the weather, there is heavy pressure for the game to proceed. USA soccer says the field is “soft, but playable.”
A sodden field will likely make for an ugly match today, increasing the chances of a 0-0 tie. Both teams will be constrained in their offensive abilities, leaving the sides to a slow, mucky game.
Ghana and Portugal, the other two members of the group, will play at the same time in a separate venue.
If the U.S. ties or wins, Germany and the U.S. will advance to the next round. A U.S. loss could still send the team forward, although that will depend on the result of the Ghana-Portugal match. If Ghana and Portugal tie, the U.S. and Germany will move ahead. If Ghana or Portugal wins and the U.S. loses, the decision will go to goal differential to decide who moves ahead.
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