Wednesday, August 20, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

The heat will be on in Brazil, and the US soccer team is happy

By
From page B1 | June 11, 2014 |

SAO PAULO — While some World Cup teams whine about withering weather and troublesome travel, American players say: Bring it on!

European teams worry they will wilt. The United States considers cauldron-like climates a regular finishing touch, as if the Americans were a Baked Alaska flambe.

And if FIFA added a Road Warrior prize to the Golden Ball, Golden Boot and Golden Glove, the U.S. would be assured of taking home an award.

“When you talk about playing in the heat, the travel, it doesn’t bother us,” midfielder Michael Bradley said Tuesday. “And not only does it not bother us, it excites us to see that now the other teams are so worried about it.”

The Americans have the lengthiest first-round trek among the 32 teams at 8,800 air miles, chartering roundtrip flights from Sao Paulo to Natal (1,420 each way), Manaus (1,680) and Recife (1,300).

That’s quite a contrast to four years ago, where the U.S. had the shortest group-stage travel in South Africa. To reach their games, the Americans took bus rides from Irene to Rustenburg (62 miles each way), Johannesburg (24) and Pretoria (11) for a total of 194 miles. They needed to pack a weekender only once during the first round, burrowing at their base hotel for the second and third matches.

This year they’ll change cities and climates repeatedly. Tuesday’s training session at Sao Paulo Futebol Club started in a 62-degree temperature with a cooling drizzle, but the Americans’ games up north figure to be played in the mid-80s or higher. And extreme humidity could make each stadium feel like a sauna.

Accustomed to an August-through-May club schedule in Europe, where players use gloves and fans insulate in thermals, some soccer officials fret. No European nation has won a World Cup played in the Americas, where Brazil has taken three titles, and Argentina and Uruguay two apiece.

Before the World Cup draw in December, England coach Roy Hodgson called the Amazon rain forest city of Manaus “problematic” and said “you have a better chance if you get one of the venues where the climate is kinder.”

“It’s going to be incredibly humid and hot,” Germany coach Joachim Loew said. “We must get used to it, in training and preparing.”

The U.S. opens Monday with a 7 p.m. (6 p.m. EDT) match against Ghana in Natal. The AccuWeather forecast calls for a daytime high in the mid-80s, dropping into the 70s in the evening with a couple showers possible.

The Americans next play in Manaus for a 6 p.m. game against Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal on June 22. The extended forecast calls for temperatures in the high-80s that day.

The U.S. completes group play against three-time champion Germany in a 1 p.m. (noon EDT) match in Recife, a port city, where temperatures are typically in the low-80s.

While that might be unfamiliar for natives of Munich and Mannheim, it’s rather routine for the red, white and blue.

“I lived 4 1/2 years in Houston, and that’s 100 degrees every single day with humidity plus,” defender Geoff Cameron said, “so if you can survive that, you can survive anything.”

Europeans complained about heat during the 1970 and ’86 World Cups in Mexico and were stunned by a heat wave in 1994 that turned matches into endurance tests at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. Jurgen Klinsmann scored twice as defending champion Germany built a three-goal lead against South Korea, then held on for a 3-2 win.

Klinsmann, now the U.S. coach, learned from that and the February 2013 opener in the final round of World Cup qualifying, when the Americans went to Central America and wilted during the second half of a 2-1 loss.

“Dallas at 120 degrees at 12 o’clock kickoff time because of TV rights to Europe was an experience,” he said. “You want to make sure that you’re hydrated. You want to make sure that you’re not cramping up, similar to that experience in Honduras in San Pedro Sula.”

The American players who are veterans of Major League Soccer are used to changing three time zones on coast-to-coast trips.

“That’s the hope, that now something that’s being talked about in a negative way with a lot of other teams is something that we can use to our advantage,” Bradley maintained. “Jurgen said it best: It’s going to be a World Cup of patience, of knowing how to deal with the elements, of being able to suffer at times, and so I think we’re excited by it.”

NOTES: American players are wearing Gold Nike+ FuelBand SEs, which track movement and also were given to players on Brazil, England and France. They retail for $149.

 

The Associated Press

The Associated Press

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

Solano News

Memorial flight honors beloved Gordon Valley man

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A1, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
 
Man convicted of failing to register as sex offender

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A5, 11 Comments | Gallery

DUI checkpoint nets arrests in Vacaville

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A5, 3 Comments

 
Geiger nominated for Fairfield planning post

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page:

 
Weather for Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014

By Daily Republic staff | From Page:

 
Fairfield police log: Aug. 17, 2014

By Glen Faison | From Page: A12

Fairfield police log: Aug. 16, 2014

By Glen Faison | From Page: A12

 
Suisun City police log: Aug. 17, 2014

By Glen Faison | From Page: A12

Suisun City police log: Aug. 16, 2014

By Glen Faison | From Page: A12

 
Library’s teen board to meet next week

By Glen Faison | From Page: A5

Recology goes pink to trash cancer

By Glen Faison | From Page: A2 | Gallery

 
South Solano Dems schedule candidates meet, greet

By Glen Faison | From Page: A5

City reaches milestone for train station project

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A3, 15 Comments | Gallery

 
Caltrans advises Highway 12 delays likely

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A3, 2 Comments

 
.

US / World

 
Obama: Iraq has regained control of Mosul dam

By The Associated Press | From Page: , 1 Comment

Pope OKs protecting Iraq minorities, wants UN OK

By The Associated Press | From Page: , 1 Comment

 
4 at slaughterhouse behind beef recall indicted

By The Associated Press | From Page: , 5 Comments

 
Probe sought into possible water diversion

By The Associated Press | From Page: , 5 Comments

Lawmakers ask NFL to support Redskins’ name change

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
PG&E pleads not guilty to charges in deadly blast

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Body of Marine’s missing wife found in mine shaft

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Emerging solar plants scorch birds in midair

By The Associated Press | From Page: , 3 Comments

USDA: Cost to raise child up slightly to $245,340

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
In new book, Ryan takes on stubborn GOP orthodoxy

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Eyes on 2016? Clinton goes to Iowa next month

By The Associated Press | From Page: , 2 Comments

 
In Gaza, emotional wounds of war remain unhealed

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Ukraine: Dozens killed in shelling of convoy

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
100,000 elephants killed in Africa, study finds

By The Associated Press | From Page: , 7 Comments | Gallery

 
Police, protesters collide again in Ferguson

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

.

Opinion

Serve and protect? Certainly not

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A11, 21 Comments

 
Question of the week: Does school start too soon?

By Daily Republic | From Page: A11

 
.

Living

Community Calendar: Aug. 19, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page:

 
.

Entertainment

‘Ninja Turtles’ knocks out box-office competition

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Smokey Robinson, still writing, duets with friends

By The Associated Press | From Page:

NBC’s ‘Blacklist’ gets A-list marketing treatment

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Don Pardo, iconic TV announcer, dies at 96

By The Associated Press | From Page: , 1 Comment

TVGrid Aug 19

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
.

Sports

Manziel’s gesture taints Browns’ loss to Redskins

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Oklahoma RB Mixon suspended for season

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Nationals sign Schierholtz to minor league deal

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Cardinals DT Dockett tears ACL, out for season

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Report: Ohio State QB Miller reinjures shoulder

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Ex-Giants RB David Wilson to train in triple jump

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Chris Froome to compete in Spanish Vuelta

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Kiel Reijnen of UnitedHealthCare wins Stage 1

By The Associated Press | From Page:

As Man U owners cash in, need to buy stars grows

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Suarez, Neymar play 1st game since WCup exits

By The Associated Press | From Page:

NFL games taking over Thursday nights on CBS

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Steve Ballmer debuts as LA Clippers owner

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

Army grad Coach K takes USA team to West Point

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

 
This date in sports history for Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Sports on TV for Aug. 19, 2014

By Paul Farmer | From Page:

 
Carr returns to practice for Raiders

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

In the Pits: Grief gives no timetable on Stewart return

By Jenna Fryer | From Page: | Gallery

 
Ex Iowa coach denies bullying players

By The Associated Press | From Page:

NCAA’s strongest argument might be cap limit

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Nadal won’t defend US Open title because of wrist

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

Simms, Dungy likely not to use ‘Redskins’ on TV

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Fan suffers heart attack during 49ers game, dies

By The Associated Press | From Page: , 2 Comments

.

Business

Google’s pivotal IPO launched a decade of big bets

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
McDonald’s confronts its junk food image

By The Associated Press | From Page: , 2 Comments

.

Obituaries

.

Comics

Sally Forth Aug 19

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Zits Aug 19

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Blondie Aug 19

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Frank and Ernest Aug 19

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Beetle Bailey Aug 19

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Crossword Aug 19

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Baby Blues Aug 19

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Sudoku Aug 19

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Word Sleuth Aug 19

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Cryptoquote Aug 19

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Garfield Aug 19

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
B.C. Aug 19

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Rose is Rose Aug 19

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Dilbert Aug 19

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

For Better or Worse Aug 19

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Pickles Aug 19

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Wizard of Id Aug 19

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Peanuts Aug 19

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Baldo Aug 19

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Get Fuzzy Aug 19

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Bridge Aug 19

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5