World Cup Countdown: 2 Days to Go!
Hello from Sao Paulo! Just arrived a few hours ago. One way I knew I was on the right flight: A guy on my plane was carrying a 3-foot-high replica of the World Cup trophy.
Lots of World Cup fans on the flight, wearing jerseys from all over the world. Saw lots of Croatians in the immigration line. Lots of Germans, too.
Early impression of Sao Paulo: Gridlock. Worst traffic I have ever seen anywhere in the world. I will never again complain about US-1 in rush hour. The airport is 30 miles from my hotel, and it took almost TWO HOURS to get there. Highway was like a parking lot the entire way.
I am writing from the US training camp, which is taking place at the Sao Paulo FC training grounds. Lovely place. Lots of trees and pretty shrubs, three perfectly-manicured fields and modern buildings, press facilities, etc... Heavily guarded. Helicopters flew overhead at the start of practice.
We had a press conference with Michael Bradley, who said he isn't taking much from the Ghana 4-0 win over South Korea in Miami...said "it's easy to say 4-0, what a performance, but it's still a warmup game.''
Here are photos of the US training site...