I join you from outside Columbus where the weather is starting to look dire. The wind has already picked up and I’ve read reports saying that winds could reach as high as 60 mph. We hope that arrives post-game, but for folks reading this before going to the match, prepare for wet, and thanks to that wind, prepare for the cold too.
I actually think the weather, if wet and blustery, plays into the US’s hands. I think the US has the better target men for the kind of aerial battles that bad weather often creates.
I read (on Wikipedia of all places) that tonight’s ref is Carlos Batres of Guatemala – the same guy who refereed this same fixture four years ago. Eh, it’ll work.
Anyway, I suspect the time for talking is almost up, and the time for drinking is almost here. And now, for what you’ve all been waiting for – the prediction.
Prediction: 1-0, USA. Neither team is going to want to take many chances in this weather but the US will convert a set piece to keep the streak alive.