LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to be in attendance Monday when the U.S. begins its FIFA 2014 World Cup journey against Ghana.
There is a chance of rain during the game, which kicks off at 7 p.m. local time in Natal, Brazil.
The match will serve as a break during Biden’s trip to Latin America where he is expected meet with the leaders of a number of countries. On Tuesday, Biden is scheduled to meet with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. The meeting was arranged during a phone conversation between the two leaders last month, according to the White House.
Rousseff cancelled a planned trip to Washington last year after it was alleged the U.S. had been spying on its ally.
As for the game, U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called it a must-win. Since 1998, 85 percent of teams that have won their opening matches have advanced in the tournament.
“Statistically, the chances of advancing go way up now if you’re able to get a point or three from the first game,” U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley said, per the Associated Press. “So we’ve certainly made no secret of the fact that all the focus at this point is about Ghana, and making sure that we do everything we can, so that on June 16, we step on the field and are ready to leave it all out there, knowing that a good result puts us in a really good spot.”
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