Update: Follow Coach Beckerman’s World Cup Adventures in Brazil

Update: Follow Coach Beckerman’s World Cup Adventures in Brazil

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Brown wrestling Head Coach Todd Beckerman is currently in Brazil supporting his brother, Kyle Beckerman, as Kyle plays midfield for the United States national team in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Follow along with Coach Beckerman as he posts updates and photos from the trip.

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Update: June 25

Day 1
Greetings from São Paulo! This has been a whirlwind the last week! After a 10 hour redeye flight starting from Providence through Dulles, Christina and I landed in São Paulo, Brazil. São Paulo is the largest city in South America with over 20 million people. The city is massive! As you can imagine, it's double the size of New York City with skyscrapers for miles! US Soccer set up a program to help all the players' families and friends with accommodations throughout the trip. After a 45 minute bus ride from
the airport we arrived at the hotel. Upon arriving we received some really cool US soccer gifts with scarfs, USA commemorative coin, and pin. Day one we explored the city with my parents and finished the night with dinner with my family, brothers wife Kate, her parents & sister, and a couple others at a Churrascaria steakhouse cooking meats in the tradition Rodizio style, where they keep bringing all different kinds of meat to your table. Kyle and the team already took off for the next city/game.

Day 2 & 3 - Welcome to the Jungle
Day two started with a 7 am bus ride to a smaller airport 90 mins away from São Paulo to board a charter flight with the US delegation to Manaus, the largest city in the Amazon rainforest. The first night in Manaus there was a US Soccer pep rally party with all the Americans that came down to cheer the team on to victory. It was a wild time with a band, people chanting, and the energy was electric! We had timeSunday morning to take a boat ride along the Amazon river before the game vs Portugal. The Amazon river is the largest river by volume and second longest in the world. It is also one of the seven wonders of the world. The game was emotional with US up until the last few seconds to tie Portugal 2-2 and gain a point in pool play to stay tied for first with Germany. The stadium was packed with over 40k fans and a huge US fan base chanting throughout the game. With a win or tie vs Germany and some other circumstances with the Portugal/Ghana game and US advances to the round of 16. After the game was a travel day back to São Paulo.

Day 4 - São Paulo & dinner with Kyle
It was a full travel day back to São Paulo after the game. The US soccer team flew back right after the game and had a day of regeneration (recovery day) to recover from the Portugal game. After that they had a day to relax and we got our first chance to see Kyle. We had a great family meal talking about the game and the World Cup experience. It was really great to see him, and he is in great spirits for the game vs Germany on Thursday.

Day 5 - São Paulo FC & Dinner
Today was the first day we had a chance to sleep in and have a lazy morning with a great breakfast in the hotel. After breakfast we toured the city, bought some souvenirs, and took in the bustling city on a work day. The US delegation setup an excursion to see the São Paulo Futbol Club training grounds. This is the home base of where US soccer trains throughout the World Cup. The US team came down to Brazil this past January for a site preparation and reserved this amazing training grounds that I found out every other country wanted to train. This place was state of the art with an extensive regeneration/rehab center with cold tubs, warm rehab pool, weight room, pool table to relax, and this is also where they would have all their press conferences throughout the World Cup. We had a chance to play a little pickup soccer game on the field so I had to brush off my old soccer skills! I thought it was just going to be a stadium tour but I was beyond impressed. Later that night we went to this very famous Brazilian restaurant with a beautiful old tree in the middle of the restaurant surrounded by all the tables. The food and conversation was really fun that night. It was an early night because we had a 6 am depart time for Recife, Brazil. Recife is on the beach so I am excited to see this part of the country.