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Despite Flooding, U.S. Soccer Match Given Green Light

There appears to be a leak in Recife, Brazil.

The coastal town, which is about 1,300 miles north of Rio de Janeiro, is hosting today's U.S. men’s World Cup match against Germany.

However, that match was in jeopardy early Thursday morning as the streets of Recife flooded and Arena Pernambuco experienced draining issues:

Despite the flooding, the game began as scheduled. As Business Insider reported, the storm "has dropped 25% of the average monthly rainfall in the last 24 hours alone." That's certainly not a good sign for the fans — many of whom are stranded at their hotels. However, the playing surface was deemed playable. A small victory for a host nation that has taken its fair share of criticism.

The U.S. soccer team is no stranger to bad weather (they recently beat Costa Rica while playing in a Denver snowstorm), but — as the picture below suggests — this storm is something else entirely:

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