RECIFE, Brazil (AP) — A tropical downpour flooded roads and prevented families of many U.S. players from making it to Arena Pernambuco for the Americans' match with Germany on Thursday in the World Cup.
Brazil's National Institute of Meteorology said more than 3 inches (76 millimeters) of rain fell in Recife between about noon Wednesday and noon Thursday, making conditions difficult for fans trying to get to the stadium.
"It was a bizarre day. We woke up and felt like there was a hurricane last night," U.S. defender Matt Beasler said. "We're driving in and our bus takes 50 minutes instead of 25. We're seeing half the town in water and we get to the stadium and we find out that we're not allowed to warm up on the field.
"It's something I've never done before," he added. "It's the biggest game of your life and you can't get on the field and get touches before the match. All you have to do is run 15 yards up and down the sideline to get ready."
As kickoff neared, many streets in Recife were submerged in ankle- to thigh-high water. Several cars were stalled on multilane thoroughfares and cabs were hard to come by.
U.S. soccer officials said some of the buses carrying players' family members left early enough to make it to the stadium, but some stopped at a restaurant to watch the match instead. Some players' relatives, such as the wife and baby daughter of U.S. forward Chris Wondolowski, decided not to leave the hotel.
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