Did you take off from work or school today to watch the USA take on Germany in the World Cup? If so, you might want to reconsider your decision. Because according to those who are stationed down in the Brazilian city of Recife right now, there is a chance that the match might be postponed later today due to torrential downpours and flooding that have made it nearly impossible to navigate the city and wreaked havoc on the field that the U.S. and Germany are set to play on.
At the moment, there are quite a few members of the media and U.S. soccer fans on Twitter sharing photos of the scene in Recife—and it doesn't look good. At best, U.S. and German fans are going to have a hell of a time getting to Arena Pernambuco today to see the two teams square off. In fact, U.S. Soccer has already sent out this tweet urging fans to "travel safe" and to leave, like, now in order to get to the game on time:
But at worst, the USA/Germany match could be postponed. The referees for the game and FIFA officials are expected to evaluate the pitch at Arena Pernambuco about an hour before the scheduled first kick to see what kind of condition it's in. And if the conditions aren't good, the match might not be played.
We'll be sure to provide you with updates throughout the morning to let you know whether or not the game between the USA and Germany will take place. While you wait, check out some of the tweets and Instagram videos that we've come across this morning showing the streets of Recife covered in water. It looks like a real mess out there right now and we hope that everyone stays safe.
Matchday in Recife. pic.twitter.com/Xg7lHwZggQ— Andres Cordero (@DreCordero) June 26, 2014
Good thing we brought life jackets... pic.twitter.com/0JM6dqxQOS— Jeremy Schaap (@JeremySchaap) June 26, 2014
Massive flooding in Recife pic.twitter.com/cPeNz5lVgg— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) June 26, 2014
Major flooding on our route through Recife to USA-Germany pic.twitter.com/m42I6b2D59— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) June 26, 2014
Dozens of US fans abandoning vehicles and walking through torrential rain to stadium in Recife. 17 miles from here. pic.twitter.com/9rJdlMYrKg— Ben Smith (@BenSmithBBC) June 26, 2014
According to FIFA, the USA/Germany match will go on as planned:
FIFA spokeswoman on USA-Germany: "It is true there are heavy rains, but the match will go on as scheduled." No delay, she says.— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) June 26, 2014
But we'll continue to monitor the situation.
[via Pro Soccer Talk]