BY MICHAEL LEICHNER
We arrived early in the morning in Fortaleza, our third city of the trip, before the Germany-Ghana match. After some lodging hiccups, we took a taxi to the game, which dropped us off over a mile away.
At first, we were annoyed, but soon realized we would be walking through what could best be described as a starting/finishing chute for a running race. On the outside of the chute weren’t fans cheering you to the finish like at last weekend’s Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon, but locals selling cheap food and drinks.
Walking to the stadium in the heat and humidity isn’t as bad with a cold drink in your hand. This was the same story exiting the arena, which meant the large crowds and lines weren’t as suffocating.
We witnessed a great game, at least in the second half when the sun went down. I also saw one of my favorites, Miroslav Klose, tie a World Cup record with his 15th goal. It definitely added some intrigue to the following day’s U.S. game as well.