NATAL, Brazil — After a lively US Soccer party on Sunday night I decided to pass on a Bohemia beer as we sat at a beach-side bar to watch Germany destroy Portugal Monday afternoon. I picked up a Caipirinha instead.
This is also how we started our pregame in preparation for the USMNT game being played down the road. There are no tailgate spots at these games, and you can’t park anywhere near a stadium. So people gather at any bar, restaurant, or street-side joint that sells some sort of alcohol. And in Brazil, if there’s a game in TV, the places fills up.