"Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains," said Ebby Calvin "Nuke" Laloosh in the American baseball movie Bull Durham.
The Tao of Laloosh fit the hours leading up to the most recent "most important match in American soccer history" against Germany in Recife at the World Cup. A match where both sides would be served by a sterile draw was defined mostly by the conditions it would be played in.
The Twitter timeline of the BBC's Ben Smith carried remarkable images of rain-ravaged Recife. "Torrential rain in Recife. Streets like rivers," Smith wrote.
FIFA never so much as flinched with reference to whether the match would be played—and it was.
Here are six things we learned from USA 0-1 Germany.