Eight World Cups, by George Vescey

Activists and players in Brazil are currently worried about how the high temperatures, even in the southern hemisphere's winter, might affect this year's game. Vescey's recollections of the lead-up, and the kick off of the 1994 World Cup in the United States might prove useful, as that year's Cup was played in the depths of summer in Chicago, New Jersey, and even inside the Pontiac Silverdome, home of the Detroit Lions. With grass cultivated outdoors and then slid into the building on trays before the game between the U.S. and Switzerland, the atmosphere proved to be stagnant, with a fitting score of 1-1. A moral victory, at least, for the red-white-and-blue, as it was the team's first point in the World Cup since 1950. It's just one of Vescey's memories from 20 years ago.