The United States and Antigua and Barbuda are ready for their 2014 World Cup qualifier. That is for the World Cup of soccer, not water polo, even if the stadium looks like one better suited for swimming than running.
Rain has hammered the Tampa, Florida area for two days now and has left the pitch at Raymond James Stadium looking like a swamp. The two teams had to cancel their training session at the stadium yesterday because of the sloppy pitch and they will not warm up on the field prior to the match either. Now the match has been delayed, too, and will not kick off until 7:27 p.m. ET because of the soaked pitch.
The sloppy field should hurt the U.S. and slow them down, but it shouldn't change the outcome of the match. They are so much better than Antigua and Barbuda that the worst pitch in the world couldn't slow them. Put them in a swamp or on dirt and the U.S. should cruise. It will make things uglier, though. And late.