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Manaus will be wet, sticky – nothing the U.S. hasn’t seen before

Jun 21, 2014, 11:07 PM EDT

United States players United States' Kyle Beckerman, centre left and teammate Michael Bradley, centre right celebrate after the group G World Cup soccer match between Ghana and the United States at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014. The United States won the match 2-1. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan) AP

High of 84 degrees (F). Low of 73. Eighty-three percent humidity, and 70 percent chance of precipitation. According to The Weather Channel’s forecast, the United States and Portugal will face those conditions tomorrow in Manaus.

It’s the third of four group stage games set to take place at Arena da Amazônia, with Italy’s over England (June 14) and Cameroon’s loss to Croatia (June 18) already been played in relatively similar weather. For England, the conditions played a part as the team noticeably tired by the 75th minute, hindering the Three Lions as they tried to comeback from a 2-1 deficit. Croatia’s 4-0 win over Cameroon was so one-sided, it was unclear if the conditions played a part.

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To U.S. men’s national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, they’re conditions his team should be used to. From reporting by ESPNFC:

“I think we are very well prepared for this climate here in Manaus,” he said at Saturday’s news conference. “It’s similar to climates in CONCACAF or Central America, or even if you go to Florida and play in Miami. It’s similar to what we experience here. I think we are very well prepared for tomorrow.”

It will be the second straight match both the U.S. and Portugal have played in high humidity. The States’ Monday match against Ghana in Natal saw game-time conditions approach both 80 degrees (F) and 80 percent humidity. Portugal’s meeting with Germany in Salvador was played at 78 degrees and 79 percent humidity.

Given that experience, what’s so special about Manaus? For Portugal coach Paulo Bento, talk of the conditions is a distraction first. From the L.A. Times:

“It will be difficult to ignore the heat and humidity with so many people asking about the heat and humidity,” Portugal Coach Paulo Bento said. “If we are thinking about the heat and humidity and we forget about our game strategy, then we will be in trouble.”

Perhaps the conditions should be a secondary concern, but as we saw in the U.S.’s match in Natal (and, for that matter, England’s match against Italy), they can be a factor.

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Then again, these conditions can impact games in Miami or Central America, too. Heat and humidity are not exclusive to the Amazon.

  1. sluggo271 - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    Oh please!! It’s hotter in Omaha!! Weather won’t be a problem at all.

  2. hollywoodsun - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    Will be problem for Portugal squad for sure… I believe US to take something from this soccer, even a win. Portugal is over, they know it. in the last match against Ghana, Portugal will lost againts

  3. matt14gg - Jun 22, 2014 at 6:43 AM

    I can’t believe how much I am looking forward to a soccer game…I never thought I’d say that. This is a HUGE game for the sport of soccer in the states. As Herb Brooks famously said…”…great moments are born of great opportunity…” Or maybe that was just Kurt Russell, but hey what the hell, the message is still the same.

    • tariencole - Jun 22, 2014 at 10:20 AM

      Kirk was quoting Herb’s speech. That scene was very close to the ‘Go get ’em’ speech Brooks gave the 80 team before the Soviet match.

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