Like Bono and the boys sang, it is truly a beautiful day here in Pretoria. It's a nearly cloudless sky with temperatures in the mid-60's. One of the little-known facts about South Africa is that much of the country is at elevation, and Pretoria sits nearly 4,600 feet above sea level at its lowest point. The cool, dry air has the feeling of Denver on a calm day.
We're about six hours from kickoff, and the players' floor is predictably quiet. Already two meals and one final meeting into the schedule, the lineup is set and the typical rhythm of game day hums along.
Remember to log on one hour before kickoff to find out the USA's starting XI against Italy. For now, let's hear your predictions!