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Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1250iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger (7) pushes the face of USA midfielder Kyle Beckerman during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

With Team USA  just needing a tie to guarantee advancement out of the “Group of Death” to the round of 16 in the 2014 World Cup, they would arrive in Recife, Brazil to conditions that nobody could have imagined. Continue on to check out all the soggy action from the final game of the group stage in the World Cup.

In the previous two USA games we had threats of rain showers but in both cases lucked out. I had hoped to make it all the way through the World Cup without having a rain game as my dumb ass had forgotten all my rain gear for my cameras back in the states. (Being from AZ and predominately a motorsports photographer, we never have to use rain gear so its never on my mind to pack)

After a nice sunny practice the day prior, I woke up to pouring rain on game day.

No big deal, its probably just going to rain for like an hour and clear up by game time I figured. I was wrong!

Within minutes of boarding the media bus to the Arena Pernambuco, the magnitude of the rain became very obvious.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 6400iso, f2.8, 1/400th, Aperture Priority Women hold umbrellas as they walk through the flooded streets of Recife during heavy rains prior to the match between USA against Germany during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 6400iso, f2.8, 1/400th, Aperture Priority
Women hold umbrellas as they walk through the flooded streets of Recife during heavy rains prior to the match between USA against Germany during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

It was a full on flood like I have never seen before!

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f4.5, 1/1000th, Aperture Priority A man pushes his motorcycle through the flooded streets of Recife during heavy rains prior to the match between USA against Germany during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f4.5, 1/1000th, Aperture Priority
A man pushes his motorcycle through the flooded streets of Recife during heavy rains prior to the match between USA against Germany during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f4.5, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority Cars drive through the flooded streets of Recife during heavy rains prior to the match between USA against Germany during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f4.5, 1/8000th, Aperture Priority
Cars drive through the flooded streets of Recife during heavy rains prior to the match between USA against Germany during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f4.5, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority Three men push a car through the flooded streets of Recife during heavy rains prior to the match between USA against Germany during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f4.5, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority
Three men push a car through the flooded streets of Recife during heavy rains prior to the match between USA against Germany during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

After taking about three times longer than the day before, we made it to the stadium. From what I was told we were the lucky ones as multiple buses of media as well as the players families and friends had issues with some never making it to the stadium!

After waiting as long as I could to head out to the pitch (the field) to my photo position for the game.

Photo by Kevin C. Cox Can you see the excitement as I prepare to head out to the pitch for 90 minutes of shooting in nonstop rain!?

Photo by Kevin C. Cox
Can you see the excitement as I prepare to head out to the pitch for 90 minutes of shooting in nonstop rain!?

Unlike all the photographers who were going to be miserable in the tough conditions, the fans were loving the rain!

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 2500iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual USA fans cheer in the rain prior to the match against Germany during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 2500iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual
USA fans cheer in the rain prior to the match against Germany during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Enough babbling, lets get to the game shots!

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 2500iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann sings the German national anthem prior to the game against Germany during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 2500iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual
USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann sings the German national anthem prior to the game against Germany during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 2500iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual USA players pose for a group photo prior to the game against Germany during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 2500iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual
USA players pose for a group photo prior to the game against Germany during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1250iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual USA midfielder Jermaine Jones (13) heads the ball in the first half against Germany during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1250iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
USA midfielder Jermaine Jones (13) heads the ball in the first half against Germany during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1250iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Germany midfielder Mesut Ozul (left) controls the ball against USA forward Clint Dempsey in the first half during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1250iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
Germany midfielder Mesut Ozul (left) controls the ball against USA forward Clint Dempsey in the first half during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1600iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual Germany forward Lukas Podolski against USA during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1600iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual
Germany forward Lukas Podolski against USA during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1250iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger (7) pushes the face of USA midfielder Kyle Beckerman during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1250iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger (7) pushes the face of USA midfielder Kyle Beckerman during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1600iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual Germany forward Lukas Podolski (10) falls after contact with USA midfielder Kyle Beckerman (15) in the first half during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1600iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
Germany forward Lukas Podolski (10) falls after contact with USA midfielder Kyle Beckerman (15) in the first half during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1600iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual USA midfielder Brad Davis (right) heads the ball against Germany defender Benedikt Howedes in the first half during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1600iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
USA midfielder Brad Davis (right) heads the ball against Germany defender Benedikt Howedes in the first half during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1600iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (right) makes a save against USA midfielder Jermaine Jones in the second half during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1600iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual
Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (right) makes a save against USA midfielder Jermaine Jones in the second half during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1600iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual USA midfielder Graham Zusi (right) falls against Germany forward Lukas Podolski (10) in the first half during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1600iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual
USA midfielder Graham Zusi (right) falls against Germany forward Lukas Podolski (10) in the first half during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1600iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual Germany forward Thomas Muller (13) kicks the ball against USA defender DaMarcus Beasley (7) in the first half during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1600iso, f4.5, 1/1250th, Manual
Germany forward Thomas Muller (13) kicks the ball against USA defender DaMarcus Beasley (7) in the first half during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1600iso, f5.6, 1/1250th, Manual USA midfielder Jermaine Jones (13) falls as he battles against Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1600iso, f5.6, 1/1250th, Manual
USA midfielder Jermaine Jones (13) falls as he battles against Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1600iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual Germany forward Miroslav Klose (11) attempts to head the ball against USA goalkeeper Tim Howard in the second half during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1600iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual
Germany forward Miroslav Klose (11) attempts to head the ball against USA goalkeeper Tim Howard in the second half during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1600iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual FIFA referee sprays a foam line on the field to keep USA players back on a free kick by Germany during the 2014 World Cup.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 1600iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual
FIFA referee sprays a foam line on the field to keep USA players back on a free kick by Germany during the 2014 World Cup.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual Germany forward Thomas Muller (center) pumps his fist as celebrate his second half goal with teammates against USA during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual
Germany forward Thomas Muller (center) pumps his fist as celebrate his second half goal with teammates against USA during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual Germany forward Thomas Muller is surrounded by teammates as they celebrate his second half goal against USA during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual
Germany forward Thomas Muller is surrounded by teammates as they celebrate his second half goal against USA during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger (bottom) collides with USA midfielder Jermaine Jones in the second half during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual
Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger (bottom) collides with USA midfielder Jermaine Jones in the second half during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger (right) collides with USA midfielder Jermaine Jones in the second half during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual
Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger (right) collides with USA midfielder Jermaine Jones in the second half during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger heads the ball in the second half against USA during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual
Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger heads the ball in the second half against USA during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual Germany fans in the grandstands cheer against USA during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual
Germany fans in the grandstands cheer against USA during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 2500iso, f5.6, 1/1250th, Manual USA forward Clint Dempsey reacts against Germany during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm with 1.4 converter (280mm), 2500iso, f5.6, 1/1250th, Manual
USA forward Clint Dempsey reacts against Germany during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual Germany forward Miroslav Klose jumps in the air to head the ball against USA during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual
Germany forward Miroslav Klose jumps in the air to head the ball against USA during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual USA forward Clint Dempsey (8) reacts against Germany during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual
USA forward Clint Dempsey (8) reacts against Germany during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann (left) reacts on the sidelines against Germany during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual
USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann (left) reacts on the sidelines against Germany during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual A Germany fan runs on the field in the second half against USA during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual
A Germany fan runs on the field in the second half against USA during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual Germany forward Thomas Muller (13) directs a fan who ran onto the field to the sidelines in the second half against USA during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual
Germany forward Thomas Muller (13) directs a fan who ran onto the field to the sidelines in the second half against USA during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual Germany midfielder Philipp Lahm (16) battles for the ball against USA forward Clint Dempsey (8) and midfielder Alejandro Bedoya (11) in the second half during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2000iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual
Germany midfielder Philipp Lahm (16) battles for the ball against USA forward Clint Dempsey (8) and midfielder Alejandro Bedoya (11) in the second half during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2500iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual USA midfielder Jermaine Jones (13) celebrates following the game against Germany during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2500iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual
USA midfielder Jermaine Jones (13) celebrates following the game against Germany during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2500iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual USA defender DeAndre Yedlin (2) celebrates with midfielder Graham Zusi (center) and goalkeeper Tim Howard following the game against Germany during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2500iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual
USA defender DeAndre Yedlin (2) celebrates with midfielder Graham Zusi (center) and goalkeeper Tim Howard following the game against Germany during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2500iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann celebrates following the game against Germany during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco. Germany defeated USA 1-0.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2500iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual
USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann celebrates following the game against Germany during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco. Germany defeated USA 1-0.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2500iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual USA midfielder Graham Zusi celebrates with teammate Mix Diskerud following the game against Germany during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco. Germany defeated USA 1-0.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2500iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual
USA midfielder Graham Zusi celebrates with teammate Mix Diskerud following the game against Germany during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco. Germany defeated USA 1-0.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2500iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual USA forward Clint Dempsey celebrates following the game against Germany during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco. Germany defeated USA 1-0.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 2500iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual
USA forward Clint Dempsey celebrates following the game against Germany during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco. Germany defeated USA 1-0.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual USA fans in the grandstand react following the game against Germany during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco. Germany defeated USA 1-0.

Canon 1Dx, 600mm, 3200iso, f5, 1/1250th, Manual
USA fans in the grandstand react following the game against Germany during the 2014 World Cup at Arena Pernambuco. Germany defeated USA 1-0.

And that wraps up the toughest shooting conditions in my 25 years of sports photography. Thankfully the plastic bags I had around my 3 cameras did their job and kept them dry. If only the rest of my body had fared so well!

Next up is a flight to Salvador for USA’s round of 16 matchup with Belgium.


 
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