One of the interesting and not well known facts about South Africa is that many parts of the country are at higher elevations. So far, these are the altitudes of the USA's three venues:
Tshwane/Pretoria - 4,173 feet
Rustenburg - 3, 786 feet
Bloemfontein - 4,477
That's a grand total of 12,436 feet combined. A slightly note-worthy number, yes?
Consider this: That combined total is nearly 10 times less than the amount that Michael Bradley has run during the first three games of the tournament.
At 39,836 yards (119, 508 feet), he has covered the most territory of any player in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. But wait - there's more.
The guy with the second most mileage in the tournament is Clint Dempsey (114,354 yards), and third is Landon Donovan (37,470 yards - 112 410 feet).
That probably takes some heart, commitment and effort, eh?